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Subject: wrong book re:isbn
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 6:39 AM ET
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I type the ISBN for my book Monster Island by David Wellington.  Up pops Monster Nation by David Wellington.  How can I post this book because Monster Island does have a long wish list?  What should I do?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 7:05 AM ET
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What ISBN are you posting? When I search PBS for Monster Nation by Wellington, I get two books: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?s_type=b&k=monster+nation&ti=&a=wellington&g1=&b[]=Paperback&b[]=Hardcover&b[]=Audio+CD&b[]=Audio+Cassette&pd_type=e&pd=&r=n&sby=&oby=ASC&ts=&saved_name=

That's a total of 4 ISBN's - 1560258667, 1905005482, 9781905005482, and 9781560258667. Googling each of those numbers turns up Monster Nation. So everything seems straight.

What ISBN is on your Monster Island that comes up Monster Nation? Is there a second ISBN on the book you could try?

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 8:15 AM ET
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What may have happened is that the book was originally listed in PBS' database with one title and the publisher changed the title just before it went to print...it can have the same ISBN but a totally different title. I've had that happen before when I have wishlisted books months before it was released...by the time I got the book but the title had changed.

It's still the same book, and as long as the ISBN and format (paperback, hardcover, audio, etc) match, you should be fine. Also make sure that the copy you have is not an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) because those aren't postable here.

Cheryl

 



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Date Posted: 12/9/2008 9:37 AM ET
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THe Title is also supposed to match.  If you can show that there is no book called Monster Nation you might be able to get PBS to correct the title.  But the ISBN/Title/Author and binding have to match. Otherwise it has to be posted without an ISBN.  Then you can advertise it in the book bazaar  or tag the WL version with the PBS generated ISBN of yours. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 9:42 AM ET
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That's weird, Mary. I have had several books on my wishlist that the title changed on before publication, but the title never changed in the PBS database...still got the book just fine.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 10:20 AM ET
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The title hasn't changed.  They both are titles in a series of books by the author.  The book I have is Monster Island and the ISBN is: 9781905005482.  I'll see if there are more isbn #'s.  I didn't notice any before.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Well, google definitely believes that ISBN is Monster Nation.

I guess you got a misprint? If you're sure it's not an Advanced Reading Copy, all I can think is you could post it without an ISBN, announce that you have a wishlisted book-different ISBN in the Book Bazaar forum, and tag it with 'similar to ISBN' with the ISBN for Monster Island.

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Sorry if this is a stupid question but how does one know if they have an ARC?  I got this book on amazon.com uk and it didn't say anything about being an arc.

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Rachel--

Often an ARC will have different wording on the back -- things geared more toward booksellers and less toward readers, i.e. "50 zillion copies in print!  Author tours in 27 cities in Kansas!" etc. 

You might also look at the back of the title page and elsewhere to see if there are any notations there about "not for resale", "unedited proof", etc.

Did you get it from a private seller or from Amazon UK themselves?  Amazon UK also lists that book as "Monster Nation".

One other thought, since I've done this myself, perhaps you've got the wrong ISBN?  Publishers often include ISBNs to other books in the series, seemingly in random places on the book.  Check the back of the title page and right above the UPC code.  You might also try the 10 digit ISBN.

Good luck!

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 5:55 PM ET
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the most important thing is that you don't post it by the title and post it by the ISBN.

If it is a UK version, they have different titles than we have in the US sometimes so it may be the same book...but without it matching here you might have to post it as if there were no ISBN number.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 2:22 AM ET
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Thanks for all the help.  I ended up finding another isbn in the book and it comes up as the correct title but no wish listers.  Just a weird situation that I hadn't been in before.  Well, you live and you learn. 

 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I've seen this with a series once before...I had #1 in a series and it came up #4 both here and on Amazon.  I think something got mixed up between the publisher and retailers, but I never did figure it out.