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Subject: Book descriptions ....
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 3:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
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How come at times I can click on a book and it will give me a full description (in yellow) and other times it doesn't? Thanks ....

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 3:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/15/2009 4:51 PM ET
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A description has not been provided for that book.  If you would like to add a description from the book description page click on more option and then edit book data or go to the bottom of the page in any page and  click on Members Tools - Edit Book Data.  You can write a description or if you have the book copy book description on the back.  If you go to Amazon, Fantastic Fiction, Abebooks and there are many the book description is usually there and you can copy and paste into the description field in edit data.  Just make sure at the top write why you are submitting the edit. There is a team to review and approve the changes.  If not, then when one of the Data or Book Image Teams come across a book w/o descriptions, covers,  missing author's etc - we will fill it in.  If you like providing the info you can join one of the teams.

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 6:11 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It's because PBS gets most of it's info from Amazon.  So if Amazon had it blank at soem point then PBS has it blank because no one has taken the time to add the description. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 2:17 AM ET
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But you can add a description, cover image or any other relevant data you have for any book, Robbie, as can any other PBS member.  You can also ask for help from any member of the Data or Image Teams (or, better yet, come join the team!) :-)

Details are available here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=60867



Date Posted: 8/16/2009 6:23 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I do this frequently.  It bugs me when I either have a book that has no description on my bookshelf or one I'm interested in.  So I always try to find one to submit as book data.  Amazon isn't the only available resource.  If it's fiction, then fantasticfiction.com may have the description.  There are other respected sites for all books although I'm at a loss in thinking of one right now!


Date Posted: 8/18/2009 12:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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That is one of the reasons before posting a book that I go look it up first.  I find folks are more inclined to order a book if they can get a good idea of what it is about. 

I scan the cover if it is not available or does not come up larger when clicking for larger image and submit it as well.

I also confirm the dimensions, weight, page count, etc to ensure when someone orders they get accurate postage rates and are not over charged or under charged.  Have had many books come up that I was printing that had the book at 2 lbs plus when the book weighed less than one pound. 

I have had many books requested after I posted information.  I know I would prefer to see descriptions (not reviews, etc) when looking for books to spend credits on....