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"Why does Barnes & Noble have books with different ISBNs?"

Jason writes:

Hello, John.
I have a question for you. I have purchased the last 3 Expanse novels from Barnes and Noble. They are signed. I just received one today...and I noticed that this book has its own ISBN number! It's a first edition by the copyright page...but having a B & N ISBN seems strange. Do you have any insight on this, John?
Thank you for your time, and experience.


Virginia replies:

Hi Jason -
This is a point of irritation for most independent booksellers. Publishers frequently produce editions exclusively for B&N and as such, use a different ISBN for these books. The only difference is the ISBN. Independent booksellers cannot order B&N books directly from the publisher (damn them!)


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