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Subject: Wrong ISBN's?
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:50 PM ET
Member Since: 11/21/2010
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So I bought a bunch of books today from the sweetest lady down the street and I wanted to post them all on here but four of the books aren't working and I don't know why. When I type in the ISBN number off of the back, a completely different book shows up as in different title and author. I can do a search for the title of the book and then click the "post this book" button but the ISBN numbers on those listings are wrong. I don't know how to fix this problem... Any suggestions? The books are: The Magnate's Pregnancy Proposal 9780373730049 Taming Her Billionaire Boss 9780373730551 For the Sake of the Secret Child 9780373730575 Money Man's Fiancee Negotiation 9780373730193
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I have seen this problem with Harlequin books in the past, it appears Harlequin has started reusing the ISBNs of some of their older books. Since PBS only allows one book, the first one in the system, to be posted to an ISBN, you will need to post your book as a book without an ISBN. On the post screen you will find a link towards the bottom.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:04 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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Sometimes, ISBNs are reused, and that is definitely the case with at least one of your books...Taming Her Billionaire Boss. That book is a 10/2010 book, and everyone that has posted it here has had to do so by posting it without an ISBN.  Amazon brings up the book you have, but Amazon brings up both an old 1977 Mystique book and your Magnate's Pregnancy Proposal with that ISBN. Your only recourse here is to list them without an ISBN.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It's not something you can fix.  It's like Melanie said-publisher's reuse ISBN's and Harlequin is known to do this especially with the little series/category romances and anthologies.  I found this to be true of book club editions as well.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:34 PM ET
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Okay, I guess that works. I wish Harlequin wouldn't do that, do they have to pay for new ISBN's or something? Anyway thanks so much guys, a lot of you answered really quickly and I appreciate it :)
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:40 PM ET
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Yes publisher's pay for ISBN's.  I guess they buy a block of numbers and there is no rule/law that they can't be used. It's just a voluntary booktracking system resulting from the computer age.