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Subject: When I tried to post a book
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:10 PM ET
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with the ISBN number on the back of the book, it comes up as hardcover although it is paperback.  How do I go about changing it to paperback option before posting?

This has happened with a few of my others but I was always given that option at the bottom of that page.  For this book it doesn't give the option. 

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:14 PM ET
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If the book comes up as a hardcover when it's actually a paperback, you will need to post the book as a book without an ISBN.

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:37 PM ET
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Diane - if you are entering the book by the ISBN and then selecting one of the other options listed, you most likely have the books posted wrong.  Those other options will bear ISBNs that do match your book. ISBN and binding type are two things that must match the book you have in order for you to use the listing to post, if those two items do not match your book (along with title and author) then you must use the post without an ISBN option. If you send a book with the incorrect ISBN the sender can mark it as Received With a Problem and ask for their credit back.

PBS doesn't usually allow the binding type to be changed. Too often the publishers recycle ISBNs on different binding types. Whichever binding type is first into the PBS gets the ISBN and all other versions will need to be posted through the no ISBN process. If you need to post it that way you can go add a Tag to the correct ISBN that says something like "pb bearing this ISBN under #XXXXX" to guide people to your book.

I always caution people with this problem to confirm the book is not an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) since those are almost always paperbacks bearing the ISBN of the Hard Cover. Glance over the book to make sure there is nothing saying Advanced Reader Copy or Uncorrected Proof or Not For Resale. Those are indicators that you have an ARC and those are not postable into the PBS system, but could be offered in the Book Bazaar Forum.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:54 PM ET
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This is exactly why I think they should do away with that pop up that asks "Is This Your Version?".  Because people think they are supposed to match up the cover picture or the binding when that happens. I thought the same thing when I first joined and had one where the cover picture matched a different ISBN.  Luckily I corrected it before it was requested. 

Diane you need to make sure the books on your shelf match the ISBN of the book you have.  Because if someone orders your book by ISBN and is expecting say a tradesize and you send them a mass market paperback and they see the ISBN is different they will complain. Or if they order a specific hardcover copy because it's not a Book Club Edition and you send them a Book Club Edition with a dif ISBN they will complain.  If the ISBN brings up the wrong binding then you need to post them without and ISBN. It's not hard.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:57 PM ET
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They are actually childrens easy reader books, the ones with different levels.  Everything else is matching them except  they are paperback not hardcover.  Even the cover picture is identical.    I went back in to post without an ISBN but not sure of their sizes and I'm afraid I might post them wrong so I don't think I'll post them.

Thanks for your help though.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:59 PM ET
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You don't have a tape measure?  That's all I did and it only took a couple of minutes.  Although I don't know if I'd go through that with kids books as they don't seem to get ordered. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:13 PM ET
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Mary, 

Good point, I do have a tape measure, but honestly I'm just being lazy. 

I was able to post all but the one book ( I did go back and double check the books I posted) and just don't want to chance not getting the width, length and heighth right for one kids easy reader book. 

Again, thanks for your advice.

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:25 PM ET
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Well I did it with adult books I knew would get requested.  I probably wouldn't go through all that for kids books either.

You could try listing them in a post int eh book bazaar and offer a deal on them. Then only post 1 or 2 that someone can order to get the deal.  Just a though.  I've just been donating the kid books.  I've only had a couple that ended up being WL here and they were the more expensive arty type hardcovers.