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Subject: My Bookshelf?
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 3:02 PM ET
Member Since: 11/1/2006
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Okay, I have to admit I'm a bit lost.  I've been using PBS for several years now, and I understood it all just fine until after the semi-recent restructuring.  Now I'm thoroughly confused.  I thought my bookshelf was the books I had posted - the ones I have available to swap.  But when I go to my bookshelf, it's full of books that I don't plan to get rid of.  If I click to view my "public bookshelf," then it looks (I assume) like it would if I were someone else. In other words, I don't have the option to remove a book that I no longer have available.  How in the world am I supposed to use this area of the site?  And where do I go if I just want to manage the books that I have available to swap?

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 3:08 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2008
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When you go into your bookshelf, near the top it says "view" and has a drop down box.  In the drop down box you can choose to view Posted Books, Unposted Books, or All books. I guess you could probably delete your unposted books if you don't want to get confused again.

Hope that helps.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 3:09 PM ET
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From The Help Center:  take note to the "on hold".  When you mark a book received, you must check that you want it removed from your shelf, or it goes on automatically...


Managing your Bookshelf

Your PBS Bookshelf is the list of books you have Posted to offer for swapping.  It also contains books you have received from PBS (these go "on hold" onto your bookshelf when you mark the books received, unless you choose not to do this at the time of marking the book received). 

  • The symbol appears to the left of items on hold.  Items on hold cannot be seen by other members looking at your bookshelf.
  • The symbol  appears to the left of items that are listed as available for swapping.  These items can be viewed by others looking at your bookshelf.

You can get to your PBS Bookshelf from the menu under My Account on the main toolbar at the top of the site, or by clicking the My Bookshelf tab when you are in the My Account view.

Please note: The Vacation Hold link at the top of your Bookshelf is NOT an indication that your bookshelf is on hold.  It is a link to the Vacation/Hold page, where you can schedule and apply an account hold.

How to use your Bookshelf:

  • Books that appear on your bookshelf as available should be able to be sent out when they are requested.
    • If you can't send books out for a period of time (if you are plan to be away from home or from Internet access for more than 5 days), you can put your bookshelf on Hold.
    • If you give a book away or it gets damaged, you should delete it from your bookshelf before it gets requested.
  • Books appear on your bookshelf immediately after you Post them into the system. 
    • There is a link to Post Books in the yellow bar at the top of your bookshelf, on the left.  You can also post books from the link under My Account in the main toolbar at the top of any page on the site.
    • If you post books while your bookshelf is on Hold, the newly posted books will appear as available (they will not be hidden by the bookshelf Hold).
  • When you mark a book received, the book will go onto your Bookshelf on hold, unless you choose for this not to happen at the time of marking the book received.

    • This way they are easy to repost when you have finished reading them.
    • Books marked received with a problem will not go onto your bookshelf automatically.
  • You can choose how you view the list, by choosing from the dropdown View menu at the top of your Bookshelf.
  • Choosing "All Books" (default view) will show all items
  • Choosing "Posted Books" will show only active items
  • Choosing "Hold" will show only those items on hold
  • You can ReSort your bookshelf by Author, Title, Date Posted, or Posted to see all items in corresponding order See below for more details
  • You can repost any item(s) on Hold easily by checking the box to the right of any item on Hold that you want to repost, and clicking Post.  You can do this for multiple items at a time.
  • You can delete any item (on Hold or active) easily by checking the box to the right of any items you want to delete, and clicking Delete.  You can do this for multiple items at a time.

Note: When you view the listing for a book in the database that is currently posted to your bookshelf, you will not see the button.  Instead you will see the option to mail the book to a friend; this is to prevent members from requesting books from themselves.  Others who view the book listing in the database will see the button, and will be able to request your book.

Function buttons (in the yellow bar at the top of the bookshelf)

Allows you to sort (display) your bookshelf in various ways.  The default display is alphabetically (A-Z) by title.  To sort your bookshelf, click this button and make your choice from the options that come up.  Your new Sort will remain until you ReSort again, even if you log out of your account in the meantime.  Sort options include:
    • By title: This will show your books alphabetically by title.  Choosing ASC means that titles that begin with numbers will be listed first, followed by titles from A->Z.  DESC means that titles will be listed Z->A, and titles beginning with numbers following Z.
    • By author: This will show your books alphabetically by author.  Choosing "ascending" means that authors will be listed A->Z.  "Descending" means that authors will be listed Z->A. Note: sorting your bookshelf by author might cause some of your books to "disappear" from view.  This happens if you have posted books that have no author on the book listing.  You can supply an author's name for your booklisting using the Edit Book Data link at the bottom of any page on the site.
    • By author, then title: This will show your books listed alphabetically by author, and books by the same author will be listed alphabetically under that author's name.  Note: this can also cause your "authorless" books to "disappear"--see note above.
    • By Date posted: This will show the books in the order that they were posted to your bookshelf.  "Ascending" shows the earliest-posted books first; "Descending" shows the most recently-posted books first.
    • By Posted: This will show the books grouped into Posted/available and On Hold.  "Ascending" shows the Posted/Available books listed first, followed by "on hold" books.
Allows you to search your bookshelf by author, title,  ISBN, booktype, genre or subject.  Click this button in the yellow bar at the top of your bookshelf and enter a keyword in the field that comes up, then click Search.
Allows you to delete items you have checked (clicked to place a checkmark in the box to the left of the item) on your bookshelf.  You can delete multiple items at once.  Click to place a checkmark in the box to the left of as many items as you  wish to delete, then click Delete Checked.  Once deleted, the book cannot be restored to your bookshelf without reposting it.
Note: If you have clicked "I cannot mail" on a request, or have clicked "Cancel Order" on an active outgoing transaction, or the system has canceled your transaction for failure to mark a book mailed by the deadline, the book will have been automatically removed from your bookshelf.
This will download your bookshelf as a CSV file to your computer's hard drive.
This will take you to a printable view of your bookshelf, with the book title, author, ISBN-13 and ISBN-10 listed.  Book cover images will not be on the printable view.  Click Print at the top of the printable view to print.

Function buttons that appear on the right side of each book in the list on your bookshelf:

Allows you to write a Review of your book for other members to read. 
  • This is particularly helpful to requestors if the listing in the PBS database does not include a synopsis of the book. 
  • Even if the book information on the listing includes a synopsis, requestors often really like to hear what another member thought of the book! 
  • Information about your particular copy of a book should not be included in a review--there is no guarantee that the requestor of your book will see your Review, and the Review is attached to the Book Details page for a book, and NOT to a particular copy.
this has been moved to the Book Details page for each book; click the book title on your bookshelf to get to the Book Details page.
This feature allows you to send a book to a friend in a not-for-credit transaction. 
  • When you click this button, you can generate a PBS wrapper for a book, even if the recipient is not a PBS member. 
  • You enter the recipient's name and Mailing address; the book will appear on your bookshelf in your Books to Mail tab. 
  • You can print the wrapper as usual and mark the book mailed.  The book will move to your Books en Route tab.
  • You can mark it received when the recipient tells you that it was received.  You will not get a credit for sending a book this way.
  • Star Rating System 
    • Allow you to rate a book from 1 (Hate it) to 5 (Love it) stars.   You can clear your rating by clicking the .  The star rating that will appear on the Book Details page for a book in the database is an average of all ratings members have given to the book.  Yellow stars are your ratings of a book.  Blue stars are the average rating of all members in the club who have rated this book.


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 11/1/2006
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Thanks!  The "excess" books seem to be my "to be read" books; I have been telling the system to remove them from my bookshelf "on hold" when I receive them. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 5:23 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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If you have them on your shelf but on hold - once you've read them - it's only a click of the button to add them to your active shelf.  I like that feature.