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Subject: Craft books...how do they do here?
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 6:17 PM ET
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 I'm mostly looking for certain craft books (knitting, sewing, crochet, quilting) and I also have several I could list.

When I joined a month or so ago, I was disappointed that there isn't a "craft" section in the search list, it's lumped under "home" something. 

So that got me wondering, don't craft books do well here?   If not, maybe adding a "craft" section to the Search options would help?

If I should just go ahead and sell them at a garage sale, please let me know.

Thanks    Karen

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 6:19 PM ET
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It really depends--newer ones do pretty well, I think. I've picked up a few at library sales and they were wishlisted and went right away. I've also listed a few of my soapmaking books and they were also WL'd. The best thing to do would be to do a search on the individual books by ISBN and see if they are wishlisted. If they aren't, add the book to your reminder list and see how many are already available in the system.


Date Posted: 2/4/2009 7:02 PM ET
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All the one's I posted were WL.  I think they go pretty quick if it's a craft that's currently still popular. A crochete book from the 80's might not do so well.  I would do what Spuddie suggested and just look up the ones you have and see if they are WL.

I posted a couple kid's crafts books, a sewing basics book and a mosaics book and the were all WL.

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 7:17 PM ET
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I've gotten a lot of good craft books here! You can search or browse craft book. After you select "Home and Garden", it brings up another drop down menu.  Another drop down menu comes up and you can select a certain type of craft if you like.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 8:39 PM ET
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The genre listing is the same as the one used by publishers, book stores, web sites, etc. It's an industry standard classification. You can see it in use at Barnes and Noble's and Amazon's websites as well.

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 7:48 AM ET
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Thank you all for your replies, etc.   

I still think that "Home and Garden" does not infer crafting , at least not to me or my friends who also did searches for crafts before I asked "the librarian" or somebody my first day or two here. It never occured to me to even look under Home and Garden.   I just think a "craft" option of its own in the search list would be advantageous to alot of people, without it being sort of hidden in the Home and Garden option.   Of course, I'm still new here and I don't know all the "secrets" yet of this terrific site.  So maybe I've complained too soon....smile.

But after reading your experiences, I will try listing the craft books I have sitting in a box after all.

Thanks again.


Date Posted: 2/5/2009 8:36 AM ET
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Any time I post a craft book it gets snapped up right away!  I always thought it was one of the more reliable genres to look out for at used book sales just for that purpose.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 11:53 AM ET
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Karen, I agree with you that Crafting is hard to find under Home & Garden. I was just trying to point out that this is not something PBS can change. They are using a standard database that comes with all the book listings in it already, and when new books are published, those records come with genre information that matches the existing genre list.

If they were to add a new top-level genre for crafts, it would start out empty and in order to get the existing books into it, they'd have to go and edit all those database records for posted and unposted books to change the genres. Then when they get updates to the existing listings or when they get new listings, the publishers who create the listings will have no idea that PBS has this strange non-standard genre scheme, so it won't be included in the updates. Which means every update would have to be checked and edited before it could be added to the database.

I know it's hard to see why this should be so difficult, but as someone who builds web based apps with very large databases for a living, I can tell you it's very unlikely that a free site like PBS could do this. Depending on where they get the database, there may also be license restrictions that prevent them from modifying the schema this way.

The best way that I've found to figure out where the sub-genres are hiding is to do a keyword search. If you search for "crafts knitting" (without the quotes) in All Books, you'll get a long list of hits. Skip over the mysteries and other fiction that happen to be about knitting clubs and yarn stores, and look at the details for a couple of the books that give knitting instructions. Scroll down, and you'll see what genres they're in. Once you know that, then it's easy enough to clear the keywords and just use those genres to search. You can even save the searches so you can use them again.

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 12:34 PM ET
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Post your knitting books! We need more knitting books! Pick them up & post them. I'm not sure how well plastic canvas moves, but knitting & quilting books do.

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 11:36 PM ET
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Scrapbooking and stamping books also go quickly.  I posted a scrapbooking book that was not WL and it was snapped up the next day.  Just today I mailed out a painting book, too.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 1:15 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/6/2009 9:22 AM ET
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Please post them!  It looks like craft books are fairly rare on this site.  I think your books would be snatched up in a hurry.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 10:01 AM ET
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All the craft books I've posted go rather quickly. Some of the ones that focus on home decor (like painting furniture or techniques to paint the walls) have lingered, but cross-stitch, soaps, knitting, crochet... pretty much any common craft has been quickly snatched up!

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Subject: Use TAGS
Date Posted: 2/12/2009 12:06 PM ET
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I post craft books quite often and they never last more than a couple of days. I always add several tags so that it is easy for someone to find my books when doing a search. out of all the craft books I have posted I only have one that has not gone almost immediately. That's why you don't see many listed!!! Happy reading.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 12:54 PM ET
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Oh please please post them!!!  I hace avout a dozen knitting & crocheting books on my WL that I haven't moved up in line for since I added them about 6mo ago!