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Subject: Wrong binding or ISBN # on wishlisted book
Date Posted: 3/15/2009 9:52 PM ET
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Not sure what to do here or if I'm allowed to do something in the Book Bazaar ...

I have a book (A Cottage Tales one/Susan Wittig Albert book). The ISBN # is listed here with 9 wishers but this ISBN # lists it as a paperback. I have a hardback so the binding doesn't match.

If I change the information it'll post to my shelf since it'll be the only one in the system with this information so, knowing this, can I advertise it in the Book Bazaar without actually changing the information? Yep, I'm looking for the easy way out! :) lol

Or, do I have to re-enter it all so it shows in the system? Then I can go pimp it on the BB.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Not really sure what you are asking but, if there are books listed with that ISBN that are paperback you can't change the information or let me rephrase that...you can send in a request for it to be changed but, they won't change it.  It sounds like the Paperback version with that ISBN got in the system first so, that is the one that gets to keep it and You will have to post your book as one without an ISBN.  Once you post the book Without an ISBN you can tag the Paperback version and let folks know it is listed in HB format under whatever 5 digit number is given to your book.  You could also advertise it then in the BB.

Edited to say:  remember publishers re-use ISBN numbers so the original posting may very well be correct.

Last Edited on: 3/15/09 10:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:00 PM ET
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Yes, you can advertise wrong bindings in the Bazaar. I don't even think they will change the binding in the system to allow you to post it to the ISBN anyway unless you can show that it is only printed as a HC under that ISBN. Even though you are the only one that will be offering the book, there are already wishers on the book as it is listed so I'd hope they wouldn't change the listing from what it was at the time they wishlisted it.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:23 PM ET
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Thanks you guys. I guess I should have completed my sentence -- re-enter it without an ISBN. I knew I couldn't change the ISBN # -- especially since there were wishers for that version.

Going to go pimp it in the Book Bazaar as a wrong ISBN! :)

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 8:33 AM ET
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I have to do the same thing with a wl book I have. Only it's the opposit-the ISBN brings up a WL hardback and mine is tradesize.  It's not an ARC either.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 3:57 PM ET
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Is it possible it is a book club edition? Sometimes book club hardcovers have the same ISBN as the paperback version from the original publisher.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 4:13 PM ET
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I have a weird one that's an all in one trilogy and it's hardcover, but the ISBN# comes up as a paperback.  It actually has 4 ISBN#s printed inside - the original #s for each book, and then another one for the all in one.  Like a dummy, I didn't even notice the system listed it as a paperback until someone requested it and I saw it on the request:P  I asked her, and no, she wanted the paperback.    There are 5 or 6 of these things in the system with the phoney 5 digit ISBN#s too, and mine could be one or all of those for all I know:P  Haven't tried to hawk it in the BB yet, but it's a heavy beast and hasn't seemed worth the hassle yet.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 7:40 AM ET
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Amazingly enough, I had the exact same book.  The ISBN here on PBS says it was a paperback, but mine was a hardcover, ex-library book.  Amazon lists that ISBN as a hardcover..... I thought that was strange.  But here is what I did - I used the enter a book without an ISBN feature.  All the info is available on Amazon, so I just cut and pasted.  Plus, entering the description was nice because I added a line that said it was an ex-library book in very good condition.  So no surprises for the requestor.  My listing is here.

Next, I used the tag feature. I tagged my book AND the wishlisted book with a tag that said "alternate hardcover version available here" so that people wishing for the book would click on it and go to the listings for both the wishlisted copy and my non-isbn copy. 

It was ordered within a week.  I then removed the tag so that no one else would be looking for my version which was no longer in the system.


Last Edited on: 3/17/09 7:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1