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Subject: Determining if I'll post a book
Date Posted: 1/4/2008 1:59 PM ET
Member Since: 3/6/2007
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I'm thinking there has to be an easier means to ensure I don't post a book with already a high inventory number.  Currently I use the Advance Search to locate the book by the ISBN.  Then I "Reminder List" it.  Switch window tabs to My Lists: Reminder List.  See how many are already posted, then Delete Checked the item.  Return to the Search window and Post the Book. 

What say others? 

Thank you for your comments.

KristinS

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 2:08 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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just curious: why don't you want to post a book that has several in the system? even if it's 300th in the fifo system, it could still get requested by someone taking a look at your shelf. you never know...

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 2:12 PM ET
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I don't have lots of shelf space to contain multiple books for a long period of time.  I have a 3drawer filing system which is reaching capacity.  Lots of the multi-posted books I leave at health centers, hotels, and cancer treatment areas for others to entertain themselves while "stuck" in a building or I donate batches to senior centers if the print is large enough.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 2:34 PM ET
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I generally post whatever I have and then hover over the book image on my bookshelf and click the RL button on the little window that pops up to put in on my reminder list.  I do this to all the books I post and then go look at the list to see what is rare and what is common.  The hovering to get the Reminder List button saves me a bunch of clicks.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 3:11 PM ET
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I agree that it is frustrating to not be able to quickly see how many are in the system, although not necessarily indicative of how quickly it will get requested.  I wish that came up when you looked up the book, like it does under 'number of members wishing'.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/5/2008 1:21 PM ET
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I tried your suggestion LitaM and it did save several steps.  Thank you.  Perhaps PBS will consider adding the inventory count on their next website upgrade....

KristinS

Date Posted: 1/5/2008 1:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I logged all my books into the TBR pile. At first it was time consuming because I had a couple hundred. But I was glad I did because I had several books that were WL that I've had a long time.  It inspired me to finally read and post them.  It never occured to me that they would be WL.  Not I add them in when I first get them.  Then I put them on RL and see how many are posted already. I have a couple on my shelf that I haven't read yet.  I posted them because there were already a lot in the system.  If they get ordered I have 5 days before I have to mail it out and I'm a fast reader. I don't make a habit of this and it's usually with books that I'm iffy about to begin with. 

It would be nice to be able  to search by title/isbn and have it list how many are in the system already.  When you search only WL books it does this.  It would be nice to have it do that when you search only posted books as well.  I'm assuming they don't do this because books are constantly being traded, removed, put on vacation hold, given as freebies etc...,  But the system keeps up with it on the RL list so why not there too?

Date Posted: 1/5/2008 9:43 PM ET
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With 26,000 books mailed in the last 7 days, what number do you set as a limit, though? Just curious. I post everything here at PBS. Some have been on my list a long time. But since becoming a boxer, most move very quickly. I hate to tote books to the UBS. I guess I am spoiled now and let my mailman carry books to my house for me.



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Date Posted: 1/8/2008 12:53 PM ET
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It's purely a subjective consideration.  Any "Target" or such store book I don't post if more than 50.  If it's one of the Harlequin-style light reads, more than 10 count.  I tend to be a mainstream reader so most of what interests is what are on people's wishlist. 

Or I try to get the back issues of Silhouette and such.  Great for the soccer/hockey games - pay attention when my sons are on, ignore when their off.  It works much better than the lollipop concept of keeping my mouth shut.  Apparently I can get a little 'too' involved in their support.  :)

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 4:37 PM ET
Member Since: 1/3/2008
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This is a helpful post to a new member!  I was wondering how I could tell how many of a certain book are listed here.  And, mainly was wondering how does the request system work, I can't seem to find anything on here about it.  I assume that it goes in order that people listed in, unless someone specifically requests it from your bookshelf?  Which would mean if 300 of that book are posted already and I'm 301, 300 need to move before mine would be requested.  Am I correct?

Thanks, Theresa