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Subject: Can box-o-books subscription be put on hold/suspended/cancelled?
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:59 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Hi all,

I re-upped my BOB subscription in February and realize I really don't get anything out of it.  I'm on a mission to clean out my shelves (I have boxes and boxes of books to get rid of), and have given myself "permission" to only request WL books that I've been waiting for.

Anyway, I am very, very uncomfortable telling a requester  that there isn't anything on his/her shelf that I want, and I usually end up honoring the request and getting something I don't even want (I know, therapy needed).  Is there an option to opt-out of BOB once the subscription is in place?  I don't care about the fee I paid to belong.

Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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You can put your BoB on hold, it should be on the BoB screen. I had mine on hold most of the time I had it because I couldn't keep up with the system orders let alone BoB activity.

Here's the Help Center info:

Can I suspend/turn off/pause my Box-O-Books?

Yes!

  • Simply log in to your PBS Account
  • Click on Box-O-Books in the menu that drops down from Community in the toolbar at the top of the site.
  • Click on Settings (the tab on the far right).
  • Click on

Your bookshelf will be hidden from other Boxers until you return to this location and click Fully Activate Box-O-Books in the Settings area.

Pausing your Box-O-Books service will NOT affect ongoing Box-O-Books swaps; it will merely prevent new Box-O-Books offers (since other Boxers will not be able to see your bookshelf).

Note: putting your bookshelf on hold using the "I'm Away From Home" feature will NOT pause your Box-O-Books service. Box-O-Books must be paused separately



Last Edited on: 6/8/09 10:03 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:05 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Thank you Melanie!  Boy, do I feel silly...that was obvious.
Denise

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I did the same thing. I was one of the beta-testers for BOB so PBS gave me a free 6-month subscription to it for doing the testing. After a couple of months, I found the same thing--that there was nothing I wanted on the shelves of the people who sent me offers, and I was only saying "no, thanks"  over and over. It didn't really bother me per se--it was just baffling to me that people would send me a 10-book offer (my shelf was lots bigger at that time!) for a bunch of my mysteries and fantasy books, and they themselves would have 20-30 books, all romances or heavily posted, older mystery books that I'd already read. How was I supposed to find 10 books I wanted off their shelves?! LOL So I put my account on hold and never renewed it. It's a great concept, it's just not for me.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 3:02 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Cheryl,

I'd love it if someone wanted 10 books off my shelf LOL!  I just keep getting onesy requests for the more popular books.  Not exactly wishlisted, but in one case last week I agreed to send a particular book, and while we were going back and forth, someone requested it off my shelf the old fashioned way.  I had to turn that person down because I was in BoB.  When that happened to me (I requested a popular book via BoB and it got requested off her shelf, she didn't realize it, and I was stuck with a BoB contract I had only started to get the one book I wasn't going to get anymore!)

Sorry, I didn't want to vent, as I have benefited from BoB in the past.  I am just now in a place where I would rather clear my shelves than bring in books I will probably never read.  It is great when I discover a new author everyone else has known about for awhile, and I am just now wanting them, but other than that, there's not much use for me.

Denise

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 6:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yup, that was my other issue with BoB--most of the books on my shelf aren't really highly posted ones, so I know that in a few weeks or months it's going to be requested for a credit. Why on earth would I essentially let the credit go in favor of a swap for a book off someone's shelf that I probably don't really, really want? (What I really, really want is already on my wishlist. LOL) Most of the books I did get in my few BoB trades I ended up re-listing again unread.

CHeryl

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I have my BOB on hold right now. I'm not sure why I rejoined. I have 600 books in my TBR and certainly don't need anymore. I guess I just wanted to help pay for PBS. 

I don't do BOBs if I don't find anything I'm interested in reading on the other persons shelf.  I just decline.  But I put it on hold.  Actually I put my whole account on hold. I posted a bunch of heavily posted books that I haven't read yet so they could start on FIFO. Then I put any OOP/HTF books and audiobooks on autorequesdt and went on vacation.  I'm staying on vacation until I read those heavily posted books I posted.  I might box again then but I'm only going to accept if I really want the book.  I don't see the purpose in accepting when they have noting I really want.