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Subject: Wrong Edition but Right Isbn #
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 9:34 AM ET
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Ok first time I have had this problem but want to make sure I don't have it again. I put in my Isbn number for a book  but a different cover came up but the cover of my book was not in the system, I thought well I put in the right number and left it. I sent the book out it was recieved, marked it as the wrong book found out really it was not the edition she thought it was. Did I do something wrong when entering the book in the system? Don't want it to happen again.


Date Posted: 2/13/2008 9:40 AM ET
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The cover does not have to match...

but, make sure the NAME of the book, the AUTHOR of the book, the ISBN and media format (hardback, paperback, MM) are the same.  If all of those were correct then you did nothing wrong.  Sounds like perhaps the other person just didn't know the correct book to order.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:18 AM ET
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Sometimes IBSN numbers are used for several printings and the covers can be different.  There is no guarantee that the cover in the PBS is the actual cover of the book.  If someone wants a certain cover, they need to buy it froma place where they can SEE the cover.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 11:17 AM ET
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I had that happen, too. The woman got irate about it. I told her that I had followed PBS rules and everything else matched but the cover. She wanted her credit back but I didn't give it back to her because it wasn't my fault. Everything else matched. I told her I felt that I did nothing wrong. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:00 PM ET
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You were right to stick to your guns, Stacy.  When you post a book, it says pretty clearly that the cover does not have to match.

The way I see it, if you want a particular cover on your book, you need to put an RC on stating that.  I know I've been surprised to get books that have different covers, but that's the chance you take on this one.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Was the edition in the title of the listing? In that case, I would agree with the requestor. Otherwise, you are correct and she can't expect a specific edition of the book.

For example, if you post this book (which I just randomly grabbed from search results): How the Internet Works (6th Edition) then you have to post the 6th edition. You can't post the 5th edition using this listing, just because it happens to have the same ISBN.

I had this book The Tour De France Companion: Victory Edition and everything matched, except it wasn't the Victory Edition. When my book came up this way at PBS, I had to go search on Amazon to find out that the author had added about 15 pages after the race and the publisher reissued the book using the exact same ISBN. I never would have known that because we had bought the older version before the newer one was published. I created a non-ISBN listing for it and it did get requested.

Titles can be changed using the "Edit Book Data" link at the bottom of the screen, so I double check any request for a book that has descriptive information as part of the title. I'm a little afraid that I might post the 5th edition on a generic listing and then somebody will come along and change the title to say 6th edition before it gets requested from my shelf. The last chance to make sure the info in the system is still correct is when I accept the request.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 1:08 PM ET
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Cathy just an FYI - the reason book edits must be approved is so that doesn't happen. If someone submits a change like that, and the person approving it sees other books posted by that ISBN already, I don't think they'd approve the change.

I agree that if the edition is in the title, then only that edition should be posted under that ISBN. If the edition is not in the title and the book matches on the required points - ISBN, type(HC, PB, audio, etc), author, and title then the book is posted correctly. If someone wants a specific print, they can request that through RCs.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 3:04 PM ET
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Thanks for the advice, I am not sure exactly if the edition was in the title, it has never come up before so I have never paid attention. I'll do that from now on thanks I feel better that I haven't been doing it all wrong this entire time. Thanks again for all your help!

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 3:59 PM ET
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This happened to me as a requestor.  I did realize it was not the poster's fault and didn't ask for my credit back.  I didn't even mark it RWAP.  But I did notify R&R.  However, I don't think they really cared or my particular problem isn't on their very long to-do list.  I know they are very busy.

I requested a copy of Wind in the Willows by a specific illustrator.  But I ended up with a bargain basement edition with no illustrations whatsoever.  ISBN#'s were the same, title and author matched so it was a legitimate post which kind of left me a bit perturbed with the system.  So watch out for those illustrators.  They apparently do not have to match.

Classics are the hardest books to get straight on this site as they are reprinted a bazillion times in various and sundry ways. LOL!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 3:06 PM ET
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One time, I requested a book that was supposedly published in 1999 (give or take), but the book I received was very old and worn and clearly not the same publication date! I preffer newer books myself.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:22 AM ET
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Publication date is another thing that doesn't have to match, just as the Illustrator doesn't. If you are after specifics like those in a book, you as the requestor can always send a PM asking these questions. Hope that helps.

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