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Subject: bookshelf length
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:02 PM ET
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Just curious...  do most people like to look at small or large bookshelves.  Wondering because I get tired looking at bookshelves that have more than 2 pages and was wondering about others.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:18 PM ET
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I have the same reaction as you. I really don't want to look through more than 2 pages. The exception would be a shelf that has tons of books I have already read or authors that I have read. Then it makes it worth my while to look at all of the pages to see if there's a new author or new books.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:29 PM ET
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I like 2-4 pages myself.  Any more than that and I'm just overwhelmed to browse thru it.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I like 2-3 pages myself and  I don't have the patience to look through more than 4.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 9:04 PM ET
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A couple of pages is all I'm going to look at if I'm just browsing.  However, if I am using the "order more from this member" option, I will do a search and see if they have an author I like or maybe just a genre.   I don't look at their whole list - just those few books.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:07 PM ET
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I often seem to order from large bookshelves (1000 books or more) and I just sort by genre and look through the results. I prefer large ones to small ones. For small ones, I only look at the first page and if I don't see authors or books I am interested in, or have read before, I just figure that I won't find anything to interest me on the rest of the pages either.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:41 PM ET
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2-3 pages is good for me.  The only time I would look more than that is if I am ordering a book in a series and I want to see if the member has the next one as well. 

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 12:27 AM ET
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I look at the first page to see what the majority of genres are on it.  I will sometimes go to their WL to see what they want to see if it is close to mine (I'm not relying on the similarity index - unless it's 60% or over).  But usually 2 pages is all I can stand.  And I will occasionally use the search by genre just in case I'm missing something by not going through the other 20 pages. 

Ruth

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Date Posted: 4/7/2009 2:43 AM ET
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I try to keep mine to 2 pages though sometime it'll have a couple of books on page 3.  I think the majority of people don't want to be looking at pages and pages of titles.  I usually don't look beyond the second page though sometime I'll glance at the third.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 3:36 AM ET
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For children's book deals, I'll use the sort option.   If I'm looking for more by an author, I'll set it to search or alphabetical by author.  But no way will I browse past the second page with it set in title order.   No one but PBS sorts by title order.  The library has me well trained to think in author order.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 7:10 AM ET
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I don't care either way...my wishlist does most of the ordering for me and when I do order an 'already in system' book, it's ordered from FIFO and almost never look directly at someone's bookshelf. On the odd occasion that I do look at "order more from member" if the number of books listed is over a hundred, I generally just back out and don't bother.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 9:28 AM ET
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I usually only look at a page or two, unless I'm "ordering more from member".

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 9:39 AM ET
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While a longer bookshelf might be boring to go through, if you have a lot of books you want to list and get into the FIFO you really don't have an alternative, do you?

 

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 11:23 AM ET
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I try to keep mine to no more than 4 pages, but sometimes it goes into 5.  That's when I try to cut it back.  Like the others, if I'm in someone's BL because they had a book I wanted, I'll go through all the pages (sometimes sorting by genre, sometimes not), and I also see what's listed on the first page to see what type of books they are reading.  Anything larger than 5 pages is more than I can usually handle.  Pat

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 12:52 PM ET
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For browsing, I tend to check 2-3 genres and that's it, so the size of the entire bookshelf doesn't really bother me.  If it's only one page I'll look at all of them, otherwise I don't.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 1:31 PM ET
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But, the more books you have listed -- at least in my case -- the more books are requested. And the more that are requested, the more I can order. I know I always appreciate when someone ordering from me does request multiple books even if it does mean looking through 6 or 7 pages of books or searching by genre or author.  I always will take the time to browse the member's entire bookshelf when ordering (order more from member) unless all I see on the first page is, say, Harlequin romances, which are not my genre, then I will skip the process.

What drives me nuts is the member, who instead of ordering multiple books from me, will order one book a day for several days in a row and it ends up costing me $10-$12 in postage instead of $3 or $4 because I always mail within 24 hours of getting the request. I can appreciate that a member might be waiting for credits to come in, but if that is the case, a PM stating that they will be ordering more from me over the next several days and to hold their books and send them all at once would have been greatly appreciated! (And yes, that has happened more than once!)

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 1:53 PM ET
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Sally if this is a pattern with a certain member I would wait a little while to confirm the order and take a couple of days before printing to see if he/she will be ordering more.

It would be frustrating to be mailing single books to the same address day after day when you could group them and save postage.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 6:31 PM ET
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When I order "more from member" I always send a PM to them in hopes of making sure that they know they have a larger order than they might think.  Especially if it's on auto-R and it's been a day or so because I might not have had a chance before then to check for other books.  I've been caught in that trap myself and printed the label and postage without putting them all in one order because it didn't show as one order on my account.

Ruth

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 6:47 PM ET
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Ruth, PBS now will automatically group orders going to the same address together even if they weren't ordered at the same time. I found this out last week when one person ordered 3 books from me in separate orders. When I went to print the first label, all 3 came up with a message "these books are going to the same address. Send them together to save postage." So I weighed them up and did just that! I wouldn't have realized either until printing the label--not sure when they changed this but I know if you didn't order books together before (as in 'order more from member') it used to NOT group them as a bulk order, but now it does.

Of course once you've printed the label you can't add more, so I generally wait a day or two to do that unless I'm walking out the door to mail books just as I get an order.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 6:55 PM ET
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So far from the responses I've gotten, it seems like most people like 2 to 3 pages but not any more.  Anyone else care to comment.

"Happy Reading"

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 7:25 PM ET
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When I look at someone's shelf I use the sort feature. I see what I am interested in that way. Then I almost always look at every book they have to offer in the genre I have searched.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 8:30 PM ET
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definitely not much more than a page...the other day a member had like, 7 or 8 pages....it just didnt keep my attention. Maybe if i was looking for something specific though.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:21 AM ET
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Around 3 is my limit, MAYBE 4. Unless I'm looking for a specific author in their list or somethin

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:30 AM ET
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That's good info, Cheryl.  I haven't had a multi book order in a long while - so that's why I do it.  I can't tell from my Account page whether my orderes to someone else are able to be seen as one order for the sender.   And I also wait a couple of days to print for the same reason - because I did get caught one day printing off the postage and label too soon.

Ruth

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 6:54 PM ET
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