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Subject: What's the difference??
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:13 AM ET
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I was just wondering..what is the difference between a paperback and school library binding?? If you have the paperback, is it okay to post it as the school library binding?? I just wasn't exactly sure what that was. All answers are appreciated...thanks!

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:19 AM ET
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From what I've read, library binding is usually much better than the typical mass market paperback.  So I would say, if the ISBN number on the MMPB comes up here as library binding, I'd post it as "without ISBN."


Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:20 AM ET
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So a regular paperback could not be posted under school library binding??

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:24 AM ET
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The short answer is no, it's not ok to list a book with a binding that is different than what is listed for that ISBN. These must be posted without an ISBN.

All of these must match in order to list a book:

  • ISBN
  • Title
  • Author
  • Binding type

It's an important distinction as occasionally a book will be released in multiple binding types under the same ISBN. Because it's not PBS's own database, they can't fix it internally - so any books that don't match all four elements can only be posted without an ISBN.

Last Edited on: 4/15/08 11:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Don't post books by the ISBN if the binding comes up as different than what you have. If you send books out like that you might get marks against you and people will ask for their credits back. Then you're out the book and the credit.  Better to post it w/o an ISBN.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 3:59 PM ET
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I recently had a similar thing happen.  I went to post Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller in Hardcover using the ISBN oon the book, but when the book info came up it was listed as a paperback, so I have to list it without an ISBN...which hopefully I will get a chance to do tonight.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 6:05 PM ET
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What is a school library binding?

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 7:36 PM ET
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There are companies (Demco comes to mind) that take paperbacks (especially kids books) and releases them with hard covers.  It's not a hardcover book as they are originally published.  Some are known as permabound books too.    Books with library binding are hardcovers with a much sturdier binding, good for public/school libraries.  They endure!  But they have their own, unique ISBN, while paperbacks with permabound hardcovers have the paperback ISBN on the back of the title page, and sometimes a different ISBN on the outside back cover.

Hmm...clear as mud, I bet!  ;)