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From:mysql Date:February 1 2006 11:01pm
Subject:Re: Kinda OT: Book database question
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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:

Date Published:

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?
Kinda OT: Book database questionJohn Meyer1 Feb
  • Re: Kinda OT: Book database questionPeter Brawley1 Feb
  • Re: Kinda OT: Book database questionmysql2 Feb