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Subject: What should I do?
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:08 PM ET
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 The ISBN on the paperback shows up as the hardback version in the book data here on PBS. What should I do? Not post it? Post it & let the requestor know it's PB, not HB? Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I have lots of opinions advice tonite :) You cannot post it by the ISBN if the binding does not match. The only way you can post it is to post is as a book with no ISBN. I'll see if I can snag the Help Docs for you...

How do I post a book without an ISBN?

When do you need to Post a book using the Post Books Without an ISBN feature?

  • When your book has no ISBN
  • When your book's ISBN is unknown to the PBS database (has not yet been added by regular updates)
  • When your book's ISBN "brings up" another booktype in the database
    • Such as the paperback if you have the hardcover, and vice versa
    • Such as Large Print when you have the regular-font version
    • This happens when the publisher assigns the same ISBN to multiple booktypes).

If your book does not match the listing information (title, author, booktype) in the database for the ISBN on the book, it must be Posted without an ISBN

To post your book without an ISBN:

  • First, make sure to look over your book really well
    • Sometimes ISBN numbers can be found in unexpected places like the spine
    • The back of the book and in the publishing information in the front of the book are the most common places to find an ISBN.
  • If your book has no ISBN (or the ISBN you have doesn't work in the system):
    • Go to the Post Books page
      • From My Account: click the Post Books tab
      • From anywhere on the site: place your cursor over My Account on the toolbar at the top of the site and click Post Books in the menu that drops down.
      • From your Bookshelf, click the link "Post Books" at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
    • On the Post Books page:
      • Click the "Post a Book without an ISBN" link at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
      • Enter the information about the book in the form that comes up:
        • Mandatory information includes: title, author, book dimensions, Subject (genre), booktype
        • Optional information includes: Large Print, Homeschool, Publisher, # pages, Back cover Description (synopsis of the book content), Book Cover image.
        • Your Book Cover Image needs to be less than 5 MB in size, and in .jpg format.

When you are done, your book will be listed in the database with a customized listing that has a "short ISBN" or "PBS ISBN", which is the 5 or 6 digit number that PBS assigns in place of the ISBN to keep track of the book in the system.

Last Edited on: 12/10/08 9:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:28 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Just post it without an ISBN. It's easy.  If the other version is WL you can tag the WL version with the ISBN # that PBS gives you.  Something like "posted under ISBN XXXX". 

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 2:50 AM ET
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You should also check to be sure the book isn't an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy).  This is a common cause of paperback ISBNs showing up as hardcover listings in PBS.



Date Posted: 12/11/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Thanks girls! I'll list it without an ISBN as you've said to do.


Date Posted: 12/11/2008 12:13 PM ET
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And don't forget that for SOME reason publishing compaines (some of them) don't want to spend the extra money to assign a new ISBN when a book goes from one version to another in printing (Hardback to PB) and so both versions have the same ISBN.  It's stupid that they are that way...but nothing that can be done about it, so you still have to list it as if it didn't have an ISBN.  :)