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Because they were doing it wrong.

From:  Geoffrey Hooker <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:  Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum
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Date:  Monday, May 20, 2013 4:20 PM
To:  <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:  Re: [BIBFRAME] Instance of ISBNs in MARC records

The I wonder why... series reused ISBNs for different books.

In the library where I cataloged them :
ISBN 0871974525 had eight distinct titles (9 in WorldCat)
ISBN 0871974533 had six (8 in WorldCat)

Geoffrey Hooker 
http://geoffreyhookermls.blogspot.com/
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. -Voltaire
(1694-1778) 

On 20 May 2013 13:02, Shlomo Sanders <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:
> Sorry, no numbers, but I have heard complaints of different works having the
> same ISBN.
> 
> Thanks,
> Shlomo
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>