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ISBN numbers can sometimes be useful for searching, so where available they are usually included in book descriptions on this site. They are always formatted as a single number with no dashes or spaces. You can search on any part of the number - the less digits you include the more results you should get. The number used in each description is copied from the individual book: bear in mind that a single title is supposed to be given a different number each time it is issued in a new edition or by a different publisher (but not when it is just a straightforward reprint). Sometimes they get confused - the hardback edition will bear the paperback's ISBN number or vice-versa, and it's not unheard of for proofreaders to take a nap, so once in a while a title might carry a printed ISBN number that refers to a completely different book. Some books don't have them at all: they weren't used much before the late 1960s, and book club editions rarely use them.

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Simple Tips for More Exact Searches Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Fur" will match the lowercase "fur" and uppercase "FUR" (this also means that the examples in your search results might look a bit odd, as they will not include capital letters or punctuation marks).

Searches are accent insensitive as well - accent sensitivity relates to Latin characters like õ. For instance "Müller" and "Mueller" will be treated as equivalent.

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