I think you will find a book ISBN is a reference
to a particular publisher's version of a particular book.
So in answer to your question, if several different
publishers, or even the same publisher have published
several different books all entitled 'Huckleberry Finn' then
to avoid ambiguity in identifying one particular book from
that group of books, each book should have a unique
identifier, which AFAIK is what the ISBN is all about.
The usual way to reference a book is by:
plus any other attributes, such as hardback or paperback.
In theory, theory and practice are the same;
In practice they are not.
On Wed, 1 Feb 2006, John Meyer wrote:
> To: mysql@stripped
> From: John Meyer <john.l.meyer@stripped>
> Subject: Kinda OT: Book database question
> Hi, I'm trying to develop my own book database, and I have a question
> about ISBN: Is that number linked to a book or to a title? That is, can
> one title (say, Huckleberry Finn) have several ISBNs associated with it
> through several book releases?