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message 1: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (dawnv) | 23 comments I have noticed that many ebooks may have originally been self published under smashwords where it had and ISBN number but then they are republished if you will under B&N and/or Amazon where they all have different ASIN or the B&N identifier.
Which is frustrating because the purchase links don't work.

So I was wondering do we leave them as the original ISBN # or change them to the ASIN #

Here is an example of what I mean
Sample book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Authors website directing towards amazon or B&N
http://www.mariehallwrites.com/books/...

Original link where the ISBN works
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

Current amazon link
http://www.amazon.com/Gerards-Kingdom...

Seems like we should use the amazon ASIN # but again I am unsure.

If this has be answered before can you point me to the link, I did check first but I don't want to make changes incorrectly.


message 2: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos | 1356 comments I think you should just add a new edition.

For example, for Amazon, create a new edition with the ASIN (and mark it as Kindle, since Kindle books have their own format).

For B&N or others, I think you can do the same. Create a new edition with it's own identification number.


message 3: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (dawnv) | 23 comments Will do, thanks!


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 43570 comments Mod
The general rule is: never edit one edition to turn it into a different one. If it has a valid ASIN or ISBN, don't remove it. As Melaslithos said, add a new edition instead.

Please keep in mind that while we can use book data from the author's site, and from Amazon, we can NOT use book data from B&N or other bookseller sites.


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