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Subject: books on list a long time
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:08 AM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
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I have over 10 books out for swap for a long time. No one has requested them.

Do these books just stay there forever, or can I take them off. They are piling up on my desk and I am running out of room.


Jo Carol

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:11 AM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2007
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You can delete them from your PBS bookshelf. Go to your posted books, check them off, then choose delete.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:25 AM ET
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First, I would put all your posted books on your reminder list to see how many copies of each book there are in the system. The more copies there are, the longer it is going to take for them to be requested.  I just picked two of your books to check out how many copies there are. The Ann Rule book for example has 95 copies in the system, the other book Utilitarianism has only one copy in the system, which is yours.  You should check your other books out. If it were me I would definitely keep the Utilitarianism book in for a while longer. Hope this helps.

Last Edited on: 11/15/09 11:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:29 AM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
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I always put books on my Reminder list to see how many copies there already are in the system before I add them to my shelf.  You can also run a deal in the Book Bazaar to get rid of some of the more highly posted books you have.

I just checked your other books.  The River Rat and The Interrogators are the only copies in the system. Caring for Yourself only has 2 copies.  On the other hand, The Teeth of the Tiger has 513.

Last Edited on: 11/15/09 11:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 2:10 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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As Alisa said, when I post, I post to my Reminder List first, then I check to see how many copies are in the system.  If there are more than I'm comfortable with (and this would be your choice), I delete those books from my RL and donate them to the FOL.  The rest I then post to my BL.  Depending on how you use your RL, you can then delete the books from your RL or keep them there.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:31 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't let the # in the system discourage me from what I post. Some of those heavily posted books have fast moving lines because they are popular and get ordered at a steady pace.  But I have the storage space to keep them.  I trade a lot of them on Box of Books deals.  I also post a lot of WL books and frequently that person adds a heavily posted book by using the Order More From Member button.  I think they do this because they know it's not likely to time out since I'm already sending them a WL book. 

But if you are tired of looking at them then run a deal or donate them.

Last Edited on: 11/15/09 3:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 4:37 PM ET
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There's always a thread going in the Bazaar for folks to post books on their shelf that are the only ones in the system.  Looks like you have at least 3 right now, so why not add those?  I've a had few onlies snapped up that way.

ETA link to the post  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=185031

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Subject: thanks
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
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Thank you for showing me how it works!!!

Jo Carol

Subject: fol
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:23 PM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
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duh, what is a fol????

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Hi Jo Carol,

FOL stands for Friends of the Library. Town libraries often have FOLs which organize book sales to raise money for the library. I haven't heard of them until PBS myself.

Another suggestion is to offer a deal in the Book Bazaar. I recently did so and sent off about 28 books, for about 11 credits.