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Subject: Are bookshelf books in a queue?
Date Posted: 5/14/2011 1:13 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2008
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I'll try to ask my question without it sounding like a bunch of jibberish. Wish me luck.

I know that when I place a book on my WL, I am placed in a queue with others wishing for the same book. My question is this - if I put a book on my bookshelf that is not on a wishlist does in go in a queue also. In other words, if I post "My Life Story" on my bookshelf and there are 50 other copies of "My Life Story" also posted on PBS does my copy go into a queue? If so, is there a way to see where I stand in the queue? The reason I ask is that after a certain amount of time, I will remove a book from my bookshelf since it has not been requested and I will trade it at a local used bookstore or donate it to a charity. But I would hate to remove it if I know I would get the next request for the book.

If there is a way possible, I think it would be great to be able to see where our posted books stand in a request queue. If this feature is already available I would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks.

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Yes, your book will go to the end of the line to wait its turn. Unfortunately, there's no way to see where you are in the line.

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 2:31 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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If you add the book to your Reminder List, you'll be able to see how many copies are already in the system before you post it.

If there are five copies of "My Life Story", your copy will be the sixth copy in the system.  :)

Not exactly what you asked, but it can be helpful.  It there are already many copies of your book posted, you may feel more comfortable donating it or trading it at your used book store.

By the way, I love your User Name since your real name is Bruce W.!

Last Edited on: 5/14/11 2:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/14/2011 5:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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At one time they said they were working on doing an estimate thing on posted books. Not your place in line but sort: # posted in system, # requested in x days, estimated request time (I guess for the most recently posted copy).  What happened to that I don't know.

I think they keep the # of posted less obvious because they don't want people to be discouraged from posting books they think won't get requested. And you really can't tell how fast they'll go. I've posted books that had only a few copies in the system and they sat for months and month. But then I've posted quite a few books with a lot of copies in the system and they were ordered within just a couple of weeks.  Also people will often add a book to an order when you post WL books. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2011 12:24 PM ET
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Yes, I agree--I post books regardless of how many are in system, as someone may order one book and click "order more from this member" and choose something else directly from your bookshelf--that way they are bypassing the regular queue and saving you money on postage as it's cheaper to mail 2 books in one package than 2 books separately.

I've had the same experience as Mary--there might be only 5 copies in the system but that's because it's not very popular and thus doesn't get ordered much, whereas a book with 100 copies in the system may get through the queue quicker because more people want to read it.