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Subject: Yet another ?-lol-Is there a place to keep "notes"?
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 6:53 AM ET
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This one I doubt is available, but I thought I would ask, couldn't find anything in documents, although I am sure something was there!

There are several series we are attempting to complete for my wife. I have a notebook here that has which books we "have", which books we are still waiting for, whatnot.

But what I am wondering, other than carrying around this sheet of paper(which I am not going to do, lol, look pretty funny here at work!) is there anywhere on site that I could keep the same info, for quick reference? Sure would make it easier in the event of deals and such.

Thank you.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 6:59 AM ET
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On your profile page there is a "notebook" where you can write stuff like that if you want. Click the "notebook entry" button. I think that it is public, though...so anyone looking at your profile would see it. Not sure...there may be a way to make it private in the account settings. I use my notebook to record what I'm reading this month and then also list any 'freebie' books I have available, and others use it for lots of other things. You can have multiple notebook entries.

That said, I have *exactly* the same piece of paper you're talking about sitting next to the computer--except mine is about a dozen pages stapled together! I am in the middle of a lot of series, so I definitely need cues as to what I've read already and what I need next. LOL Since my primary source of books now is either PBS or my library (and I order all my library books online and have them delivered to my local branch) I never have to carry the list around, it just sits on the table next to the computer. :)


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:00 AM ET
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Good Morning John,

I use both the PBS "Notes" feature and tags for this purpose.  The PBS note button can be found on the book description page.  This note is only viewable by you and you have to "hover" your mouse over it to see it after you've placed it.  If you tag the books you need, using for instance your initals (I'll use mine for this example - MCSneed) (that looks funny huh...) you would be able to go to a book with your tag and click on the tag and ALL of the books you've tagged that way would come up.

Just some ideas.


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:03 AM ET
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Oh okay. Excellent. Thank you ladies for the help! :)

As far as the paper, I am cringing at it getting longer than one sheet.. lol. Yikes!

Thank you both. Going to see if I can figuire out how to use those things mentioned. (Can you tell I am having a slow morning at work? lol)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:46 AM ET
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Why don't you put the books you are still looking for on your Reminder list? 

The only downside to putting notes on books is that there is no way to bring up a list of books you've put notes on to check them. So unless you have it added to one of your lists (tbr, rl, bir or wl) then you have to remember yourself which books you put the note on to bring them up. 

Tags would be better if you want to bring up a list.  Just make sure you don't use anything too generic like "no dust cover" or "unpostable" because then people think they apply to the copy they are ordering.  I use Notes for that. But tags are great for doing things like "Grumpy's TBR" or "need for mrsgrumpy".  I have a lot of my RL books tagged because we use them in games sometimes and because of this combined list they keep talking about.  Then you can just click on the tag and bring up the list of all the books you tagged. 

Also if you tag the books you are looking for you can put a link in your signature or a post and ask for deals on them.  If someone has more than 1 they might be willing to make a deal.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:48 AM ET
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Does the book Journal have the option to make lists like this?  I don't know because I've never used it, but its something you might look into.  I'm terribly disorganized and don't even have a paper list!  lol

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Wow thanks guys! I didn't know what the heck that tagging thing was about. I will check that out!

I used the "notebook" as suggested earlier in,but can't figuire out how to make it private without making profile private too.

Should I remove it from the "notebook"? Or set my profile to buddies only or something? lol kind of embarassing for whole world to see how many books I am searching for right now.

I like the idea of tags I think. Will have to try that out and see what happens. Thank you everyone! :)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:28 AM ET
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I put a book on my RL that I know I'm never going to order.  It starts with A so it's usually the first book displayed when I go to my RL.  I put personal notes to myself on a sticky note on that book.  If it's just a book I want to remember, I'll put the book on my RL, but I use the sticky note for the order of a series or an author's name that I want to look into without picking specific books.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:19 PM ET
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"kind of embarassing for whole world to see how many books I am searching for right now."

Well John, since the whole world in this case consists of other PBS members, I would think you would be in good company!  I just checked the file folder next to my computer with my series lists in it--series that I'm reading (or want to read and have at least one of the books in it), and it's up to 74 series.  I'm not embarassed!  Obsessed maybe, and delusional, thinking that I'll get all those books read, but definitely not embarassed!

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:01 PM ET
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John, this is something that I started because of a suggestion on the forums. I placed myself on my own buddy list. I have found this to be very useful and private. I send myself pm's whenever I notice someone's bookshelf  has a lot of books I like, books I am interested in, and even started listing series of books like you want to do. This way only I see my pm's and it is accessible whenever I want to look at them. You could try this and see if it is useful to you.

Like Ruth, I would like to thank the member who first posted this suggestion. Whoever you are, thanks!

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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:13 PM ET
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I second Connie's suggestion.  That helps me keep different lists including people I especially want to trade with and people I don't.    I also use the PM's along with the sticky notes since I can always recognize one of "my" books (for whatever reason) that way no matter what page I'm might see it on and I can read the note and refer back to my PM's.  I wish I could give credit to the member who suggested this idea because it's a great one!!  Thanks to whomever you are!!


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Don't be embarrassed. Besides you never know-someone might see the list and offer you a deal because they have several.

I have nearly 800 books on my RL-not including the 200 or so that I've tagged and deleted.  So don't be embarrassed about the numbes.