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Subject: wrong binding..
Date Posted: 8/24/2007 6:16 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2005
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I just received a book that was listed as a paperback and when the book came, it is actually a hardback.  The isbn's do match so it is a book that uses the same isbn for both.  Now, I really do not care which binding I get on this book.  Do you think I should mention it to the sender so that they are aware of it?  I would hate for someone in the future to get surprised with a book that has the wrong binding or even myself in the future when I am looking for a specific binding.  Or should I let it go since it really doesn't matter to me at all?  If you did say something, what would you say?



Date Posted: 8/24/2007 6:18 PM ET
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I would just maybe send the sender a note saying while you did not mind that the binding did not match the ISBN that in the future the person should make sure they match when they post a book because it does matter to some folks. In that instance the member needs to post the book as if it did not have an ISBN.


Date Posted: 8/24/2007 9:09 PM ET
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Books is books for my purposes.  Just PM the sender, and thank them for the upgrade.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 9:27 PM ET
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There are many ISbn that don't match binding.  What makes me made is when I order a Hardback and get a paperback with a different ISBN. I collect books and request specific bindings.  I think it's important the ISBN is right and if the binding don't match the ISBN  i would want to be contacted and ask if I still wanted it.  I have had this happen and the person did ask me before sending.  You can also make review and state the book is listed wrong in the database.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 9:51 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 8/24/07 9:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/24/2007 9:55 PM ET
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I would PM them and point out the section of the help center dealing with ISBNs for more than one binding:

Problem: You enter the ISBN on your paperback and the book Listing Preview says "Hardcover".

Explanation: This means one of two things:

1.  Your book is an ARC

If your book is a paperback, and the ISBN brings up a Book Listing Preview that says "hardcover", please check your book to be sure it is not an ARC.   If it is an ARC, it cannot be posted for swapping at PBS.

Solution: You can offer this book to others in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum, but you cannot post it to your PBS bookshelf.

2. The publisher chose to assign the same ISBN to more than one version of this title.

Publishers sometimes choose to assign the same ISBN to multiple versions of a book.  However, PBS can attach only ONE booktype to the listing for an ISBN.  If your book does not have the booktype assigned to the ISBN in the PBS database, you will need to post it with a customized listing, using the Post a Book Without an ISBN link on the Post Books page, so that the booktype matches your book.

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.

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 1:12 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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>> "You can also make review and state the book is listed wrong in the database."

Alexis, please, please, please, DO NOT put that your copy is a different binding in the reviews. This is absolutely NOT the place to do that and is totally wrong. There are a lot of people working to get those kinds of reviews removed, because the review is attached to ALL copies of that book, not just yours. And the next persons probably IS the right binding, and how will the requestor know who's book they are getting?

If your book does not match the binding you are to list is as tho it does not have an ISBN. Publishers reuse ISBNs all the time, sometimes for different bindings of the same title, sometimes for totally different books.  And only one of the books gets a place with that ISBN in the database. The other editions/titles must be listed manually without an ISBN.

Here are two Help Center rulings on this discussion:

1.  If the information on a book listing in the database is incorrect...

  • What the Edit Book Data feature CANNOT be used for:

    • If you have a book whose ISBN brings up the "wrong" booktype on the listing when you try to post it, you will need to post it using the Post Books without an ISBN feature.  Please see Solutions to common Book Posting Problems for more information.

2.  Solutions to common Book Posting Problems

  • If you are entering the correct ISBN, and a listing comes up that does not match your book (or no listing comes up), read below for solutions.   It is NOT okay to post your book using a listing on which the information doesn't describe your book properly.  Author, ISBN (if there is one), title and booktype must all match.  Book cover image, publication date, etc.do not need to match. Posting your book correctly is a cardinal rule at PBS.

Last Edited on: 8/26/07 1:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1