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Subject: Acronym glossary?
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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Can anyone point me to a listing of acronym's used on the message boards?  I am trying to find out what some of the commonly used ones on here stand for. Example:  whast do RWAP and RC mean?  I have searched and searched and cannot find an answer. 



Last Edited on: 3/22/11 2:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:25 PM ET
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In the Help Center, search for PBS Glossary.  It's a pop up, so I'm not sure how to link to it.

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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:53 PM ET
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Acronyms/Abbreviations common on PBS:

  • ARC = Advanced Reader Copy (aka Uncorrected Proof, Review Copy); a preview copy of a book sent to reviewers in advance of a book's release; not the final copy of a book, and not permitted for swapping at PBS.
  • BCE = Book Club Edition.  Book club editions are special printings of books that use cheaper materials and are slightly smaller in size than standard hardcovers. They're usually sent out via mail order book clubs, hence the name, and sometimes do not have ISBNS (if this is the case, they must be Posted using the Post a Book without an ISBN feature).  They are permitted for swapping at PBS.
  • BIR = Books I've Read List. This is a list of all the books you have already read.
  • BoB = Box-O-Books. This service allows members to swap books without credits! See What is Box-O-Books? for more information about this feature.
  • Boxer = member subscribed to Box-O-Books.
  • BX = BookCrossing. BookCrossing.com is a website unaffiliated with PBS. BX books often have stamps or stickers on them, with their BX registration numbers.
  • FIFO = "first in, first out". FIFO refers to the order in which books are requested at PBS. See What is FIFO? for more information.
  • FOL = Friends of the Library, an organization which runs sales of decirculated library books.
  • ISBN = International Standard Book Number, usually found on the back or inside front flyleaf of a book.
  • PBS-DC = PBS Delivery Confirmation. See What is PBS Delivery Confirmation? for more information about this feature.
  • PM = Personal Message. You can read your PMs in your Message Center, by clicking Personal Message on the right-hand side of your account page.
  • Posted books = books currently available to order.
  • RCs - Requestor Conditions
  • RL = Reminder List. This is a list of the books you are considering ordering in future. See What is the Reminder List? for more information.
  • RWAP = Received With A Problem
  • TBR = To Be Read (click the "show description" button on the TBR Pile page to read the full description of its purpose. The TBR Pile is in the dropdown menu under Book Lists on the right-hand side of your account page)
  • TG - Tour Guide
  • UnPosted books = books not currently available to order; these books may be added to your Wish List.
  • UBS = Used Book Store
  • USPS = United States Postal Service
  • WL = Wish List. See What is the Wish List? for more information.
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:58 PM ET
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Thanks for the help!  Now I know RWAP means "Received With A Problem".  Fortunately, I've never had any problems with books I've received or sent (knock on wood).


Date Posted: 3/22/2011 5:50 PM ET
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Don't feel alone, Jenny.  It took me forever to figure that one out.blush