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Subject: Wish List Question
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 10:51 PM ET
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I have a book on my bookshelf that I looked up to see if anyone had it on their wish list. There were two listings, one had four people wishing and the other had five. However, these two books had different ISBN numbers than the one I have, but it is definitely the same book. Wouldn't you think that these people would still want my book even if it didn't have the exact ISBN number they have listed?

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 11:37 PM ET
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They may want a specific editon or size of the book.  They should get an email from PBS telling them that the book has been posted under another ISBN.  You can always add a tag to the WL versions that says "posted under ISBN x" and put your ISBN # there.  There's also a thread in the Book Bazaar where you can post titles of books you have on your bookshelf that're WL under other ISBNs.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 11:38 PM ET
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There is a feature to receive an email when a different ISBN version of something on your wishlist is posted.  Not all members have this feature turned on, so it is likely that the people wishlisting are unaware of your book.

What I have done ( and others also) is to post in the Book Bazaar Forum.  Good idea to put the "title of the book - different ISBN" as your subject title.  Hopefully, the wishlisting people will see it.......but others will also.

 

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 11:41 PM ET
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Are the bindings similar and how many copies of your version are in the system? You can find this out by putting the book on your reminder list.  If the bindings are similar and there's no other copies of yours (or very few)-then you can tag the WL versions with "x # posted under ISBNxxxx".  But if there's a lot of copies of yours posted then most likely they really want that version. If yours is papeback and the WL is for large print or audio then they want lrg print or audio.

Also the system will send emails to people when a different version of a WL book is posted-although some people have this option turned off. 

If it's a similar binding it might be ordered pretty quickly just from the books posted today page.  But a lot of people think they have a WL book that will be ordered right away and there's really a lot of copies already posted into the system of their version and the WL is for audio or lrge print. Also some people collect hardbacks.

What book is it?

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:22 PM ET
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My question is a little different.  I do have the same situation as Mary Lou C with The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr.  There's one wisher for a paperback with a different ISBN.  Big sigh.  I took your advice Mary L.  There is only one requestor for the book.

My question involves the Daily Wish List e-mail. 

The other day someone had WL'd The Alienist by Caleb Carr.  I have the book and was going to post it anyway.  When I saw it on the WL I immediately posted it and it was put on hold.  Within the day it was cancelled. 

I was surprised.  Then I thought maybe they just didn't think it would be posted that soon, maybe they just didn't have a credit.  Because it was accepted so fast I thought they had it on auto request.  Well, if they didn't have the credit - they didn't. 

I just wondered if anyone had any ideas about the situation. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Most of my WL books, I would be happy to have any binding, however, a few of them I want only the paperback.  Also, I have 3 on my WL that become available as MMPs off and one, but I want the trades as keeper copies.  It's worth checking out, but sometimes the binding makes a difference

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:41 PM ET
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Try checking your ISBN against the ones at Amazon and pay attention to the measurements of each that is listed there.  That may tell you what the differences are.  Larger books tend to have larger (and easier to read) print.  Also the larger ones tend to be better bound - but not always.

As to the "Other versions available" thing - I do have that turned on - but it only works with advising me about a HC when I've listed a paperback on my WL.  It doesn't inform me when other ISBN's of the same kind of cover are available.

The other  thing is that in some genres the different ISBN's may have different artwork on the covers (sci/fi and fantasy) and the collectors want only a certain artwork cover.

Ruth

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:53 PM ET
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This is the one that's WL'd (from Amazon) an Import  It doesn't give the size as the mmpb description does.  I wonder if it's one of the big paperback books.   It's only available as used on Amazon and mine can be bought new for $7.99. 

Paperback: 816 pages

Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1999)

ISBN-10: 0751522759

ISBN-13: 978-0751522754

This is mine.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (May 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345427637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345427632
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Date Posted: 3/22/2009 2:12 PM ET
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    Do you know how many paperback versions of that titles there are?  Go to :

    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/caleb-carr/angel-of-darkness.htm 

    You will  be amazed.  Different publishers and everything.

    Ruth

    Date Posted: 3/22/2009 2:42 PM ET
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    Geejay there are 271 copies of your version of hte Angel of Darkness posted into the system. Either people really want the one they have WL-it could large print, it could be a special book study version, it could be tradesize who knows why. THe point being that they know your copy is there and they don't want any of the 271 that are posted.

    Sometimes when a book is first put into the system and hasn't been published yet-they get huge WL lines for each version. Then before you know it there's 100's of copies of most versions in the system. But then there's 1 version that seems to still have a WL going-either because someone has forgotten to take it of their WL or the people are no long active and it's a rare version that doesn't get posted.

    Recently I was looking at the WL of someone I had just posted a WL book to FIFO and they accepted. I always check out the WL of people I'm sending books to incase I have another one I can send to them. Anyway she still had The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsay on her WL.  It was mmp and I had an mmp on my bookshelf that I knew had over 100 posted.  I pm'd her about it and sure enough-she had WL'd every version before the book came out and this one for some reason didn't get deleted.  It must have been some limited run type version and there were 5 people on WL.  My guess is those 5 people were like her or are inactive.

    Geri (geejay) -
    Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:09 PM ET
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    Thanks for all the info Ruthy and Mrs Lefty!  I really didn't know all that.  I found some of the books but I sure didn't see 271 of them!!!

    Now, I'll know what I'm looking for learning something new here all the time!

    Geri. 

    Date Posted: 3/22/2009 7:26 PM ET
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    Not 271 different versions but 271 copies of your version. If you put books on your reminder list it'll tell you how many copies are already posted. I always do this first when I think I have a dif version of a WL book.  If there's lots of copies of mine then I don't jump through hoops trying to get the WL people to notice because I figure they really want that WL version or they would have ordered one of the kazillion other copies of mine.

    Geri (geejay) -
    Date Posted: 3/23/2009 3:07 PM ET
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    Well, it would have helped for me to see 271 copies of my version if I had looked at the right book...lol 

    There is only one of The Alienist and that's the one I should have been trying to find.  Hanging my head.  Yet, I did learn some things from this post and I consider that a good thing!

    Thanks to Ruth and Mrs Lefty!