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Subject: Anyone else having a slow down in book orders?
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 12:43 PM ET
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Perhaps this isn't the correct place to ask the above question, but I have been concerned of late. In the past I was sending  out 3 to 4 books , sometimes even 5, a week. I truely enjoy sending books, especially older ones, because reading is a passion of mine and I like passing books to others. I spend many volunteer hours at an FOL store so I keep my shelf well supplied, at least I thought I did. In the last few months I've been fortunate to receive perhaps even 1 request a week. So different! I wonder if other people have noticed a slow down or is it just me - and my shelf? Perhaps there is no answer to this, but I am wondering if it's just I or are there others.

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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 12:51 PM ET
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It comes and goes. I'm at a high volume time right now. I didn't have any shelf orders for along time and for the past month I've had 2 or 3 a week. Including a couple that were on my shelf for months. 

Have you posted any new books that are low volume or one of a kind lately?  A few of the shelf orders I've gotten have been people adding a book when I posted a WL or a book that wasn't WL but not posted either. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 1:03 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2006
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No slow down here....in fact in the last two weeks, requests and WL books showing up for me have increased. Not sure what it is.....but I'm not complaining! Some of the WL books that I have coming to me in the mail were on my list for a very very longggg time. I was SO happy to have them finally pop up as available!


Date Posted: 2/20/2009 1:50 PM ET
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I've been busy sending out books too, but I have gone through periods of a week to several weeks  in the past, where I have gone from sending out 10+ books a week to only sending out 1 or 2. The requests seem to pick up and slow down with no explanation that I can see...just a phase, I guess.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 2:30 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Margaret, I agree with you entirely.  Other than occassional spurts, I think the last 4 or 5 months have slowed considerably. 

1.  Wish LIsts are moving really slow, especially the small imprint, TSPB, and specialty types of books. Sure there are exceptions, like the big author new releases, but otherwise very sluggish.

2.  I've experienced an unusually high number of timed-out transactions.  Request a book and nobody acknowledges the request.  It finally moves to the next person in line posting the book, they finally acknowledge days later, it may time-out again and move on to the next book.  Or maybe the second person will finally mark the book mailed mere hours before time-out, but mail it much later or not at all.  This is happening to me with increasing frequency.

3.  Books and authors on my book shelf that would have been WL a few months ago (or moved very quickly) are still on my shelf weeks after posting.  An example: over 24 hours ago, I posted half a dozen books to my shelf.  Four were wish listed, and put on hold for member confirmation.  At this point, only one has been confirmed.  6 months ago, at least 3 of them would have been confirmed and I would be going to the post office later today.  Now I wish I'd posted to the threads for an active member so I could have them out of my hair by the weekend.

I assume it's somehow affected by the economy.  People are probably buying fewer and less expensive books, and therefore putting fewer of those into the PBS system.  Requesting fewer books to save on postage, using library more, and maybe just distracted by economic issues or job hunting?

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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Thanks for your responses. I guess it must be something we all go through some time or another. This just must be mine. Hopefully it will pass soon. I do enjoy sending books and putting new ones on my shelf.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:44 PM ET
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I see your shelf has a lot of mysteries so I will be back to look when I have time!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/26/2006
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Margaret ~ Mine are moving slowly too...including the ones on my Wish List :( 

Did someone mention you have mysteries?  I'll be right there to check out your shelf :)

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
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It's funny, the past week or so I've had very little action on my shelf, but in the space of about two days I've gotten notices for about 5 WL books.

My main problem is that I'm about to run out of credits and I promised myself I wouldn't buy any:)

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I have had a slow shelf since I joined, which is almost a year now.  I think I have only sent out 3 or 4 books total.  My problem is I am on of those who reads mostly the mega popular authors like Stephen King and John Grisham.  Can't help it.  I love their books and have been trying to read all the ones I have missed. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I've not noticed a slowdown.  I keep expecting one, but I looked and I've sent out a lot of books in the last two weeks.  I usually send out 9-18 a week.  Pat

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:15 AM ET
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Mine have actually increased. Some of the books that I posted that had bunches in  the system when I joined are reaching the top of the FIFO so I've been sending out more than normal. Plus I've been purging my TBR pile of books I know I probably won't get around to reading and alot of those have went. I'm probably going to have to put my shelf on hold for awhile to slow it down. Hubby hasn't been working much because of the weather and I can't afford to send 8+ books a week right now.


Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:54 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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For those of you with lots of those common to PBS books: check into beign a boxer. I had a lot of them when I joined and was able to trade in BOB deals when I was a boxer.  The only reason I'm not a boxer right now is that I have a TBR of 500 and want to weedle that down and build up my shelf before I rejoin.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:59 AM ET
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 what might also help is if you find images for your "naked" books.  If you see a blue box, it is naked!

find an image (amazon, author's website, wherever) and make sure it is in a jpeg format.  Crop the sides so there is no excess color that isn't a part of the books cover (amazon usually has a white border).  Then go to your shelf, click on the blue box and it will bring up a page for you browse your computer for the saved image.  upload it and then an approver will approve it and then you are good to go!

oh and the image does not have to match your book cover, just as long as it is the same title and author

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 1/26/2006
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Thank you Leslie!  I wasn't sure how to add an image. 

I also think it's helpful to take the time to add a description if there isn't one.  There have been many times I haven't ordered a book, because there was no description.