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Subject: Contacting members who have wish listed books.
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2008
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How can I contact a member that has a book in the Club Wish List?  I have several (about 23) books on my bookshelf that have different ISBNs than on the ones in the wish list.   Most are in paperback.  How can I contact the wisher to let them know a similar book is available that they might be interested in?  I posted in the Book Bazaar.  What else can I do?

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2006
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I use a tag that says "WL under different ISBN".

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:29 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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Posting in the Book Bazaar is your best bet.  There is a special thread there for WL books under different ISBNs, or you can make your own thread to advertise.  You can also list the titles in your signature, so that when other people read your forum posts, they will see the list.  Unfortunately, there is no way to search for members by WL book and contact them.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 7:22 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2008
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Thanks.  I did post in the Book Bazaar.

Although I don't really know how the tags work, I did as you suggested.  I'm still learning the ropes on this site.  I've been a member for about a month now and am totally addicted. 



Date Posted: 3/10/2008 11:20 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would look and see what binding they are WL for and how many of my version are in the system already.  I have some James Pattersons on my WL in audio.  I only want audio CD. I had to turn off the emails for the dif version posted because it was sending me so many.  I know it's available in pb/hb.  I don't want that.  So check and see that they aren't WL for large print or audio because most likely that's all they want.  If there are already a bunch of your version in the system already, than people know their there but want a specific version/binding.


Last Edited on: 3/10/08 11:21 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: different ISBN
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2007
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I do find this to be a problem with paperbackswap. I just bought a book at my library book sale that 24 members have on their WL. But what they've listed is the exact same paperback and binding from a year later (2001) thus with a different isbn than the one I found (from 2000). According to the help page, my "version" has been offered to them, but if out of 24 wishers, no one wants it, what gives? Are there a lot of collectors out there accumulating every reissue of a particular title? As a reader, when I find a title at a book sale that I've been wanting to read, I snap it up without pausing over the publication date or isbn. But at our most recent library sale I observed book dealers who are selling over Amazon and eBay (I asked them) carefully checking all the isbns before buying. Is the specificity of isbns on the club wish list due to book dealers trading here? Just wondering. I understand wanting only a hardback or an audio tape or a large print version of a title, just not the desire for only one year of a mass market paperback. Must be something in the "collectables" realm that I don't understand. I have some vintage pb with no isbn that I took "help page" advice and posted in Book Bazaar. And now I'm going to take the previous advice and try using a tag that says "WL under different isbn" for the book I just got. (Thanks, Karen!)
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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It could be that your 2000 edition doesn't come up as the first title when showing the results of a search.  Or your edition doesn't have a summary or reviews and people are looking at the copy that does when they decide to request a book.