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Subject: 2 questions: holding a book for someone and completely foreign
Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:26 PM ET
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Hi everyone!

Newbie here...


So can you put a book on hold?  or how can you get a specific book to a specific person?


Also, I have books that are in Japanese I have no idea what the titles even are, and the ISBN #  brings up nothing.   How can I list them?

Seriously there are no arabic letters at all...

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:36 PM ET
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How do you mean book on hold? Like so that you are informed when it is posted? Or like you don't want someone to request it?


To post a book to a certain person you can do so by visiting their wish list via their profile and posting it directly to them using the button provided. If the book is not on their wishlist you will have to use the mail to a friend option available in the books description page.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:39 PM ET
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For the Japanese titles, you need to be able to confirm the title, author, ISBN and format in order to post them on PBS, so you'd need someone to assist you in translating or otherwise confirming the info on the books you have.  You might try the foreign language genre forum.



Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:40 PM ET
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You might be able to post the Japenese books without an ISBN.  I would ask a tour guide or contact PBS to be sure. I'm not sure what the criteria for foreign language books are.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/16/2008 10:42 AM ET
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You can put bookshelf books on hold. Just check mark the books you want on hold and then click the hold icon on the page. I think if you put books on hold this way you don't lose your FIFO spot either. If you want someone to get a WL book you have, you need to post it to their WL directly, if it's a book from your shelf, they just need to go to your bookshelf and request it.

ETA: I guess I was wrong. You lose your place if you put a book already on your shelf on hold. I didn't realize that. I thought if it was on your shelf and you put it on hold you kept your place in FIFO. Thanks Mary!

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Date Posted: 9/16/2008 11:44 AM ET
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You lose your place in FIFO if you put individual books on hold. The only way to keep your place in FIFO and hold books is to put your whole account on hold.

If it's a WL book you can post it directly to them. 

If it's not a WL book then post the book and use the Mail To a Friend option. If's a book already available on PBS than an order is not likely to come in for it anyway. If it's the only copy of the book-then just post it and do the Mail to a Friend option right away.  You can also post a dummy book to send a WL book to a friend w/o exchanging credits. I posted a dummy Stephen King book to my shelf today so I could mail out a WL for a game.  I always use a King book becaue his books are so plentiful in PBS and I don't read him.  So I know if I see it in my transaction archive that it was a WL book for a game.

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Date Posted: 9/16/2008 12:13 PM ET
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There are people seeking japanese books in the foreign language forum, but unless they are manga (comics), you'll definitely need SOME sort of title/hint.  :) 

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 4:03 PM ET
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I know what Mary means. I wanted to send out a WL book to a friend for free. It was a damaged book, so I couldn't post it for real for credits. And if it wasn't damaged, posting it would have offered it to the first in line and not my friend. So I posted my "dummy book" (The Outsiders, only about a zillion copies in the system from all those middle school students' parents trying to unload it) and then mailed it to a friend right from my shelf.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I'm wondering if by "put a hold on a book" you mean "add it to your wish list."  If that's what you mean, any time you see a book that is not currently posted into the PBS system, it will say "post this book" instead of "order this book."  If it says "post this book", there will alwo be a "+ wish" button to add it to your wishlist.