Sort by Original ISBN 13 Value
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Is there any way to display the ISBN-13 rather than ISBN-10 in the 'Your books' list? When I sort by 'ISBN' I only see ISBN-10s listed, even for books that I know originally had an ISBN-13. I understand that the ISBN-13 can be calculated from the ISBN-10 but it would be handy to display the exact ISBN value (10 or 13) that accompanied the book when it was first inputted.
> 1. Makes sense. I'm something of a dinosaur myself, but something along that line would probably be helpful.
I don't know that it stores the ISBN that accompanied the book when first input. I think it stores one unified value.
Actually - on the Book Details page, it shows both for any book with either entered. But if I display the ISBN column, it shows whatever was entered (I think, originally entered) - I have some 13s (400+), mostly 10s (3900+), and the rest blanks (2100+). brightcopy, BarkingMatt - do you see only 13s? Why is mine different, then?
FF12, Win7, though I can't imagine that relates.
No, it's not different. I was answering the original question of changing the display in the catalog. But I think I missed the claim that it was showing ISBN in a format other than originally entered.
I know what is most likely the culprit for that. Do this:
Go to Add Books
Change your source to Amazon
Enter 9780199108350 and click search
Note the result:
Oxford Popular School Dictionary by Joyce M. Hawkins (2001).
Publication: Oxford Childrens (2001), Paperback, 479 pages
Click on that one and add it and then go into edit book. You will see that you're "original" ISBN is actually 0199108358, the ISBN 10 one. This is because LT asks amazon what book should match up to the search terms (which LT doesn't know are ISBNs, title keywords, both, etc.) Then amazon says "here are one or more likely matches". And each one has an ISBN, which is always ISBN 10. From my few tests, amazon never returns search results with ISBN 13.
On the contrary, try searching Overcat for 9781408810545 and you will see that the results all preserve the original ISBN 13. But I also note if you search for 1408810549 in Overcat, you get no results. It's a bit of a two-edged sword, really.
So it's a limitation that comes from amazon, not LT. If you actually do a manual add and enter an ISBN 13, it keeps it. But when you use add books, you're not "originally entering" and ISBN of any sort. You are searching and then picking a result.
Since the OP has 172/180 books cataloged from amazon (and the other 8 from amazon.co.uk), I can say with some certainty this is why they're all ISBN 10.
Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense. I will experiment with different sources when inputting books.
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