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rachum05 avatar
Subject: 2 books; same ISBN?
Date Posted: 9/2/2007 11:57 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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I'm trying to post a book into the system (Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain), and when I type the ISBN given on the back of the book, it comes up as Call of the Wild by Jack London.

Since there are so many different versions of my book, I'm afraid to just search it and click "Post this book" in case I post a completely wrong version.

I guess my bigger question is: how can two different books have the exact same ISBN? Also, I don't know if this is relevant or not, but it is a Wal-Mart version of the book; you know, the one with the big orange circle printed on the cover that says 2 for $1. But it's still the same book.


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Date Posted: 9/3/2007 12:04 AM ET
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From the Help Center:


Problem: the ISBN brings up a Listing Preview showing a totally different book than the one you have:

Explanation: This happens when publishers assign ISBNs to more than one title.  

On PBS, only one book listing can be attached to each ISBN. The one you are seeing on the listing preview is the one attached to that ISBN at PBS.

Solution: You will need to post this book with a customized listing for the book, using the Post Books without an ISBN link on the Post Books page.

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Date Posted: 9/3/2007 12:21 AM ET
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There are several books like that Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The War of the Worlds, The Secret Garden. The ones I had were from a WalMart free book give away. I got one of each when the promo was over when I worked there. They are all published by the same company and all have the same ISBN.

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Date Posted: 9/3/2007 12:52 AM ET
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:) Thanks, guys...that was helpful.

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