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Subject: Wrong book type
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 12:06 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2007
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I received a book today that was listed as hardcover, but was paperback.  The ISBN is the same.  It was a WL book and I don't really mind that it's not hardcover, but we're supposed to list those "specialized" correct?  Would you RWP or just let it go?

I'm really not upset at all, I just wasn't sure what to do.

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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I would RWP and examine the book more closely.  A paperback with a hardcover ISBN is likely an Advanced Reader Copy (or ARC) and those are illegal to swap on PBS.  A search of the forums and/or the Help Center will provide additional details.

Even if the book is not an ARC, format must match the ISBN, or the book must be listed using the "no ISBN" method, per PBS protocols, so the sender has erred here, regardless.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Okay.  I don't see anything that indicates that it's an ARC.  I did think that the ISBN had to match the type to be okay. 

I'm not looking for a credit return, but I wanted to make sure that I followed proper protocol.  The sender is a newbie and I hate for her experience to be negative!

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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I think that Qualtiy Paperback book club often releases PPB versions of the HB ISBN's. I thought that I received an ARC, and the person said he got it from QPPB.

Mark it RWAP, wrong book (binding does not match) but don't ask for your credit back since it didn't matter to you. That's what I did. (The PPB was in mint condition, and I didn't care that the binding was different. So I just didn't request a credit back.) I also explained that it really matters to some people which binding they get, so to be sure to double-check when listing in the future. :)

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 12:50 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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A paperback with a hardcover ISBN is likely an Advanced Reader Copy (or ARC) and those are illegal to swap on PBS

Actually this isn't always the case.  Many publishers will simply not pay the money to get a new ISBN for a PB.  :(  Silly publishers....  

But, yes the book should be marked RWP cuz the person who posted it shouldn't have done so that way...they should have posted the book without an ISBN.  It would probably be helpful to the sender if you send her a gently worded PM letting her know of her (newbie) mistake.  And since you aren't requesting a credit return, she will most likely be grateful!  :)

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2007
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Yeah, that's what I did.  Just let her know that I'm not upset or anything, but that others might really want the hardcover.  This definitely isn't an ARC, just book that shares ISBNs.  Only my hubby cares about hardcover vs. paperback (the man is always scared when I'm reading one of his books, that I might try to swap it!), the rest of us just want to read. 

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Definitely mark these as RWP - wrong book. The sender should not be encouraged to do this as some of us really do want/need the binding we order. If some members let them get away with incorrectly posting a book, they will keep doing it.