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Subject: bookshelf and FIFO
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:11 AM ET
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do you redo your bookshelf ever? I have had books on there for over a year or so. Wondering with FIFO if I should take them off, then relist? would that help? wondering what I can do to get them moving, since I have moved them into two different houses already!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:28 AM ET
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If you take them off and relist, they go to the back of the FIFO line and start all over again.  So I wouldn't do that, if it were me.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:35 AM ET
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duh I just read my comment and it seems idiotic. going to delete this before too many see it and wonder WHY?

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 11:11 AM ET
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I don't think your comment is dumb, just frustrated.  I think that you've got an idea of something in that I wonder if I would move with my bookshelf books.  That's something I'll have to think about. 

If you have storage thoughts or non moving thoughts, then perhaps donate the older ones.  You could put a time limit on how long you keep them on.  I have a little space at this moment, so I can ignore mine and leave them on the bookshelf.  However, I am about to pull some and either donate or see if the used store wants them.  The problem with some of them and the used store is that you have to get books from the same genre that you take in and I'm not wanting a lot of "credit" at the used store in a genre I don't use that much.  I am committed so far to having only a certain amount on my bookshelf and try to get rid of overflow. 

It's all what works best for your situation.  To get books moving, try the bazaar.  I have a bunch of books that Hubby read that haven't moved and I offered someone a deal on some of them when I saw they wanted that author.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:02 PM ET
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I'm always hesitant to delete the books that have been on my bookshelf the longest.  I figure a lot of them have got to be pretty close to the front of the FIFO line by now. I'd hate to delete a book that has worked it's way up the FIFO line for the last two-three years just before it was requested!  In fact, I've had a few requests in the last couple of days that were for books I put on my bookshelf here right after I joined in October 2009, so they do get requested eventually!  I do have plenty of space to store books though.  If I didn't then I'd have to do something with my older books.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:57 PM ET
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I just purged every book that wasn't wishlisted.  I was holding a garage sale and what didn't sell there got donated. I was ready to be done with some of those books.  Now as I finish reading others I'll start another bookshelf and probably wait another five years or so before I purge that one. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 1:29 PM ET
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Do use vacation hold.  I put my shelf on vacation hold while I sorted through and decided which books when to the FOL sale.  You can also print out a list of the books.  I did this to double check which books were here after I forgot to remove a deal book.   I now have my shelf down to one box so I can find the books when it is time. 

The reminder list will tell you how many copies are listed.  Not where you are, but the total listed. 

Bruce -
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 1:56 PM ET
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I list books on my bookshelf for one year. After a year, it goes to my local used book shop where I get store credit. It's a win-win.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 2:04 PM ET
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I try to stay at 1 big box, to hold my shelf. This way they don't get misplaced. I do pay attention to how many books are in the system and I feel an obligation (totally in my head) to keep some unpopular books listed that only have 1 or 2 in the system. Someday someone may want to read that odd little book. Posting here in the forums sometimes prompts a look at your shelf as well as playing some of the swap games. I'll go have a look see at your shelf now. LOL

I saw that you have a few books that are in my TBR,,, and some lovely childrens books. Many members offer deals on small childrens books in order to trade them more quickly. Just be patient  and those books will move. This is where the readers shop for books.



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Date Posted: 7/8/2012 2:17 PM ET
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I also use the year mark.  After that I consider popularity and other factors.  A common boo/publisher will probably get donated somewhere, and less common titles I will probably hold for awhile JIC a wisher turns up.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 3:05 PM ET
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There is no way I'd keep a Dan Brown book on my shelf.  Way too many of them in the system. 

It is a balancing act, how much space, how much patience, where else you can take books to.  You need to find your own personal sweet spot.

There are UBS, FOL, and places like the VA and Operation Paperback.  Nursing homes often love Large Print books. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 3:21 PM ET
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My first rule is anything that has more than a certain number of copies in the system is not worth listing. (Currently I'm using 50 as my limit.)  I just wish it were easier to see how many there are out there.  (BTW, THE DA VINCI CODE has 2236 copies posted for one edition.)

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 8:43 PM ET
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I used to keep them all until I had to make a move (used to be a military wife). Then I would donate them.  One time I ran a deal but I decided it wasn't worth it the next 2 times I moved.  Mostly because I had a lot of credits already and it was just easier. 

Now I have a lot less space then I used to have. So I donate books more often.  I constantly have a stash of WL books and am never out of credits as I keep an emergency stash of 10 credits and tend to only order WL books. 

Really it's up to you.  Do you have credits?  Are they stressing you out? I'm guessing they are at least a little or you wouldn't have posted to ask how to move them quicker so just donate them.  PBS isn't goinkg to suffer if you donate the Clancy's, Piccoults and Browns that are very likely heavily posted anyway.    No or low credtis? Run a deal and see if you can get some moved out. 

I'm surprised your Rachel Ray books haven't moved in that long.  Every cook book that I've ever posted has been snatched up immediately.

ETA: I never bother posting Nora Roberts, Browns, Grishams, Pattersons, Evanovich or any of the "biggies" as they are usually heavily posted pretty quickly after they come out.



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Date Posted: 7/9/2012 3:12 PM ET
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I feel ya!  My TBR is so big that I can't keep too many books around on my posted bookshelf.  When I get more than 20 I make a run to GoodWill.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 4:33 PM ET
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Lots of my Pattersons, Graftons, and Evanovichs have been snatched up but not my Clancy's or Grisham's so I don't think you can just say the top writers' most popular books have too many copies in the system--- and I rarely have anyone order multiples from my bookshelf except when I offer a deal on kids' series. I have even gone to FOL book room and bought Dan Brown books specifically to post here cause they were getting requested right away.
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 5:53 PM ET
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I deleted my whole bookshelf and donated most to the FOL sale and sold a few at HPB...this was when I moved in Feb. because I just don't have room in our smaller apt. to keep a PBS shelf. My TBR stacks got pared way down too, from 700+ down to about 200. Now, I read a book and list it here, but most of my TBR stack is wishlisted, so they tend to go right out the door...right now I only have 1 book on my shelf. LOL I used to just list everything and wait patiently...I still remember when a book I had posted for over 3 years finally got chosen! But that was when my storage space was almost unliimited...I have to admit I am liking this new "minimalist" attitude. I use the library a lot more than I used to, too.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/13/2012 2:13 PM ET
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I just had 2 books requested by 1 person what I posted back in 2009.  I took my shelf off vacation just to see what would happen before I made a thrift store run.  So that's cool.  I didn't double check the books though so hopefully I didn't miss anything or they weren't damaged in some way since I posted them.

mistie -
Date Posted: 7/13/2012 6:02 PM ET
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if you have limited space to keep your PBS listed books, I wouldn't use the "time criteria" to decide what to get rid of. If you list something, them a year later decide "it's time is up" - you may well be approcahing the top of the FIFO queue. Then you delete this book - and donate or whatever - and replace it with another book thats sit's there for another year before it gets to a similar position.

I prefer to decide what is "worth posting" - a balance between popularity, date of publication & number of copies in the system - post thme and let them sit. If I decide the pile is getting too big, I'm more likely to donate books I've just finished then pnes that have been listed for the longest.

Like fara, I also like to post books that only have one or two copies in the system - not so that they get requetsed quickly, but rather to have them available here for the member that is looking for that obscure book, or that sci-fi that is 30 years old, or that book published overseas and not available in the US etc.

To the OP, while you now realise that deleting and relisting the same books won;t help you move books at all - one exception may be books on your shelf of which you have the only copy.  For an experiment a while back, I deleted and relisted three such books - one of them was requested that day...coincidence maybe, or maybe it showing on the recently listed books scroll may have caught someones attention.

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2012 9:48 PM ET
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Here, Here Mistie; I wish we had a "Like" button . Today I recieved a book about Prince Edward Island that was printed in 1990. Only because I wondered, "Is there a book about PEI ? and used the search to find it. I love books even older than that, LOL and thank goodness other people post them for me.

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 6:43 AM ET
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wonderful advice everyone! Mary L. from MA could most likely relate, as my family is currently military. Our shipping of households is done by weight and anything over the limit we are charged for. I can reduce our weight everywhere else except my books, both personal and PBS piles. I have done well as I am down to a rubbermaid container each (plus a container of unpostables).  I was going to donate to our old base used books store but they flooded and weren't taking donations. I had already donated my credits there and stack of DVD's. In the UK, they have UK used book stores but no American used book stores specifically. The UK stores are all together and books are just lining the shelves. We have thrift stores but their books are so worn or of a certain type (think college books and housewife porn) and overpriced. Maybe I should up my stock and look into rental space??? In the meantime, I will sit tight on my shelf for the next few years, maybe pull a couple off like the Dan Brown and military related subjects to sell on a local yardsale site and see where I stand when the next move purge comes along.smiley

 

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 8:36 AM ET
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Argh.  I just had a post go poof.  I don't want to retype the whole thing. The gist: I can relate to military moves and it just doesn't make sense to pack up and move books you've already read htat have lots of copies here.  But again, really it's a personal preference.  I have decided that I don't like these books cluttering up my shelves anymore and don't need the credits badly enough to just keep hanging on to them. So they're going.  If they don't bother you then keep them forever if you want.

I've now had 3 books I posted over 2 years ago since I took my bookshelf off vacation a few days ago.  But the others are still going if they don't requested by the time I'm ready to haul them to the thrift store. I don't really need the credits.

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 8:36 AM ET
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Oh and I like housewife porn.

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 9:30 AM ET
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What would you do with them if PBS didn't exist? Go do that. If you have WL books on your TBR then you can read them first when you get low on credits. If you need a credit before you've read your WL TBR , go buy a couple in the book bazaar. I think sometimes we lose perspective on the money side becasue we all love books. A credit costs $2.50. That's less than what you spent at lunch. Let it go. The thought of renting a storage space for used books sends shivers up my spine. Instead, I would figure out how long you would be gone and buy a Kindle and load that sucker up with duplicates of your TBR until you reached the same equivalent in money. Then come home and start fresh. If you spent $50 on the smallest storage space for a year, that's $600. Think of how many ebooks you could buy for $600! And they'd all be in your purse overseas. They also have Kindle in the UK and there's an entirely different selection of authors.

 

Subject: My bookshelf
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 11:58 PM ET
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I have been here since 2005  and i still have books I starteswith then. i am thinking of parinf down both my bookshelf as well as my TBR mountain. I am never going to read them all. i bet i can cut TBR down by half and I would like to get my paperback books from my bookshelf down to 1 bin. I also have a bin for hardback book but it is only half full. I would have to par it down by a third or so.

Date Posted: 7/22/2012 8:44 AM ET
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Personally, I would dump the bookshelf before I dumped the TBR. You've already read the books on the bookshelf. There was something about the books on the TBR that compelled you. Keep the books that are unique or have 1 copy in the system then dump the bookshelf, free up your space and if you need to buy a credit, then buy a credit.

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