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Subject: No ISBN - book club editions
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 2:13 PM ET
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Okay I read pretty much everything here, and I still can't figure this out!

I have received a box of books that I'm posting, and some are book club editions.

There is a Reader's Digest Condensed Book with 4 novels in it.  There are two volumes of "Chronicles of Amber" with 3 books each included.  There is an old Mary Higgins Clark and an old Scott Turow.  Can't imagine anyone's drooling to get those, but meanwhile....

If I have a book club edition of Presumed Innocent, do I have to post it as no ISBN?  Isn't it the same exact book as the ISBN hardcover version?  Or isn't it?  And if someone else has already posted it no-ISBN in the past, and there's a five-number ISBN version in the system, can I post to that, or do I have to create a new one?  It seems so inefficient to constantly create new ones, especially if maybe someone is actually LOOKING for this book?

On the Chronicles of Amber, I went to search on Volume I, found someone wishing for it with a 5-digit ISBN.  So I posted to that ISBN.  I got a warning that if my ISBN didn't match EXACTLY I shouldn't post it that way, but instead I should post it through the "no ISBN" method.  Well (bad girl, no soup for you!) I ignored that and posted it anyway, thinking that way the wisher would see it.  Now, when I look at my bookshelf, it's not there, and I don't have a request.  So I set it off to the side along with the other no-ISBN books and decided to post here.

Posting books with no ISBN is a hassle.  Instead of just popping in a number, I need to measure it, weigh it, check the publisher, number of pages, figure out what category it belongs in (not always obvious) and type in the back cover blurb.  Oh, and scan the cover too! (Or look for it on the web)  Now, if I have an unusual book that the system knows nothing about, I have no problem doing that, and in my time at PBS I have "sold" some unusual books by taking the time to do that.  BUT...if the book is Presumed Innocent?  I mean, gimme a break.  That's a lot of work just because I have the book club edition.  And I have very little confidence I can "sell" it anyway, given its age and prior popularity.

Thoughts?  I'm contemplating dumping all the cook club editions at Goodwill or the church book sale because it's too much work to put them in the database here.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 3:11 PM ET
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I have had to list that type with no ISBN and fill out the info on them.    I didn't find it a hassle but that's just me.   They are NOT exactly the same as the hardback.  The quality of paper and the font are probably different.       I've seen a post where it was said that some of the book club books have an ISBN and they are inside on the "info" page of the book.     Yes - there should be an easier way, but right now there just isn't.            And dumping them is what I'd do if I didn't want to take the time to list them seperately.  At least that way, someone will enjoy your books.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 3:12 PM ET
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That was just discussed recently, and while the newer book club editions (BCE) do have ISBNs the older ones do not, and you must list them using the non-ISBN link on the Post Books page. And you cannot post them to the already in the system non-ISBN as you found out.

As for the hassle, first, you don't have to weigh them, you aren't even asked for that when you post. You do have to measure, but not minutely to the nth centimeter, just close, you know?

Second, if you find another edition of the book already listed, you can open two windows and copy from the listed book, everything except the measurements, and maybe the Publisher.

Third, if I didn't already have both volumes of the Chronicles of Amber, I guarantee you, I'd snap them in a heart beat, and can just about bet you that if you post them in the Bazaar they will move.

Fourth, if you have any other Science Fiction/Fantasy Fiction in there that you don't want to mess with, PM me, I may well be interested! hahahaha  Hope that all helps you.

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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 3:41 PM ET
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Thanks so much, Sherry and Cozette, you are DA BOMB for helping me.

I don't want to scam anyone or disapoint anyone so I wouldn't want to mis-represent my books.  I will go ahead and post them as non-ISBN....later on!

I also have some nonpostables to put up.  I will PM you Sherry before I do -- you certainly give PBS enough time, so you get first dibs on this stuff!

As far as weight, when you go into "post a non ISBN" I believe it's in the required section?  Well, I don't have a scale at home, so there you have it, I haven't been entering them anyway!  I'm not taking all the books to work to weigh them, nor am I bringing the scale home.  Nope, nuh uh!

Thanks again for your quick, thoughtful, and helpful responses.

YIKES....edited to add that the weight is not there -- I must have been in "edit book data" when I found that!!!  Apologies!!!

Last Edited on: 8/19/07 3:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 8/19/2007 4:39 PM ET
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Just an added comment - I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club for years, way before the books had ISBN's and I've been slowly adding my old book club books to my shelf.  I wondered if it was worth going to the extra effort to post them, but nearly all of them have been requested reasonably quickly. 

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