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message 1: by Alexey (new)

Alexey Gerasimovich (knari) | 60 comments I am adding new books published in Russia and see that many of them have several ISBN (don't know exactly why, but it is a fact). What to do in this situation? The form allows to add just one ISBN-13


message 2: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13537 comments Could you post a photo or scan of the page with the ISBNs? (You can add them as an extra photo to your profile.)

Examples of multiple ISBNs: one is for the hardcover edition and another for the paperback, or one is for the set and another for the single volume.


message 3: by Marcos (new)

Marcos Kopschitz | 98 comments Sometimes co-editions by two publishers are assigned two ISBN's, one for each publisher.


message 4: by Alexey (new)

Alexey Gerasimovich (knari) | 60 comments Marcos, exactly, this is a case. The book is published by two publishers, it's common in Russia as I see. So they have ISBN for each publisher


message 5: by Abcdarian (new)

Abcdarian | 19394 comments That's fine, two different editions can be added if you wish, or just choose one.


message 6: by Alexey (new)

Alexey Gerasimovich (knari) | 60 comments But actually this is just one book, where two publishers published it together, combined. Look at the photo of the book page: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1fk8a1bc87z...


message 7: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13537 comments Thanks for the scan. Worldcat lists both these ISBNs as published by Armada Press and Drofa: https://www.worldcat.org/title/zapove...
I get the impression that the first ISBN belongs to (the Russian version of) Armada Press and the second one to Drofa.

Does the back cover state one ISBN? Is one publisher given preference? If not, I would list both publishers in the publisher field, and the first ISBN in the ISBN-10 field. Maybe make note of the second ISBN in the description.


message 8: by Alexey (new)

Alexey Gerasimovich (knari) | 60 comments Back cover shows just one ISBN. Actually this is what I do: I list both publishers in the filed and use ISBN from the back cover. But I would like to know what usually better to do in such situations. ANd you explained me to do what I actually did. Ok, then I will continue with such approach then


message 9: by Marcos (last edited Jan 29, 2017 08:50AM) (new)

Marcos Kopschitz | 98 comments Yes, Alexey, it is one product only, but technically it is as if they were two different editions, one published by each publisher.

Here is one case where one ISBN is clearly given preference on the back cover, so I decided for this one, but listed both publishers separated by a backslash (see Escrituras / Funalfa) in the publisher field as suggested by lethe:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

In this other case, both ISBN's are given the same status on the back cover, an then I added a note about this two-ISBN condition in the description field.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

But I like Abcdarian's aproach as well, and as far as I have researched, but are possible. Lethe and Abcedarian, is this understanding correct?

Perhaps the most complete solution would be to add two editions, each one with an ISBN, both publishers in publisher field and the explanatory note on both editions.


message 10: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13537 comments Marcos wrote: "Perhaps the most complete solution would be to add two editions, each one with an ISBN, both publishers in publisher field and the explanatory note on both editions."

Agreed.


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