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Subject: No ISB number
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 6/14/2007
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When you have a book that does not have a ISB number can you search that book and post it that way? I have a few books that does not have ISB numbers but when I search them I found them and I could post them that way is that o.k. or not?

Thanks Theresa

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 1:34 PM ET
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Edited because I misread the question. 

But, I don't think that would work.  The edition of a book with the ISBN is not the same as the edition with the ISBN.  In the post a book area of your account there is a link to use to enter books without numbers.


Last Edited on: 9/17/07 1:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 1:37 PM ET
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No you have to enter them with a new ISBN.

From the help center.

How do I post a book without an ISBN?

When do you need to post a book using the Post Books Without an ISBN feature?

  • When your book has no ISBN
  • When your book's ISBN is unknown to the PBS database (has not yet been added by regular updates)
  • When your book's ISBN "brings up" another booktype in the database
    • Such as the paperback if you have the hardcover, and vice versa
    • Such as Large Print when you have the regular-font version
    • This happens when the publisher assigns the same ISBN to multiple booktypes).

If your book does not match the listing information (title, author, booktype) in the database for the ISBN on the book, it must be posted without an ISBN

To post your book without an ISBN:

  • First, make sure to look over your book really well
    • Sometimes ISBN numbers can be found in unexpected places like the spine
    • The back of the book and in the publishing information in the front of the book are the most common places to find an ISBN.
  • If your book has no ISBN (or the ISBN you have doesn't work in the system):
    • Go to the Post Books page
      • From My Account: click the Post Books tab
      • From anywhere on the site: place your cursor over My Account on the toolbar at the top of the site and click Post Books in the menu that drops down.
      • From your Bookshelf, click the link "Post Books" at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
    • On the Post Books page:
      • Click the "Post a Book without an ISBN" link at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
      • Enter the information about the book in the form that comes up:
        • Mandatory information includes: title, author, book dimensions, Subject (genre), booktype
        • Optional information includes: Large Print, Homeschool, Publisher, # pages, Back Cover Description (synopsis of the book content), Book Cover image.
        • Your Book Cover Image needs to be less than 5 MB in size, and in .jpg format.

When you are done, your book will be listed in the database with a customized listing that has a "short ISBN" or "PBS ISBN", which is the 5 or 6 digit number that PBS assigns in place of the ISBN to keep track of the book in the system.


Edited because I can't type. :)

Last Edited on: 9/17/07 1:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 8:28 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Some people have thought it really doesn't matter and they can do this anyway, since the books are the same, what does it hurt? But when the other person gets your book and it isn't the ISBN they requested, they can and most often do, demand their credit back, and you are in the wrong, so they can do so, and PBS states this in the Help Center. So, it's not a good idea to even try it.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 5:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/14/2007
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Thanks for all your help guys I had list them like that but then I thought about what happens when the person gets it and they see that it doesn't have a isb number so I took them off and decided to ask here first so Thanks for your input I will just do it the way they tell you to, it's a bit more work but worth it to obey the rules.


Date Posted: 9/22/2007 5:38 AM ET
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Ah, Theresa! I see your name again :)  Did you get the one that came up with the wrong binding relisted? Hope it didn't bother you that I PM'd you directly, I try to help others keep the database clean and someone noted to me that you had one that had given you a problem. I hope the instructions I gave you helped. Feel free to write me back with the PM I sent. I try to be helpful when someone has a problem like the one I PM'd you about, and I'd be more than happy to help you with yours!