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Subject: Different Edition Question
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:50 PM ET
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Currently I have two books on my bookshelf that are Wish Listed but the WL is for different editions than what I have posted. Is there anyway I can get the attention of people who have WLed other editions than what I have posted just to let them know that I have the book? I mean, if someone REALLY wants a hardback over a paperback, I can understand that. But, if they dont care about what edition they get, is there anyway to get their attention?

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:17 PM ET
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This is a great questions. The PBS system has a wonderful feature, if another version of a wishlisted book is posted (and doesn't have its own wishlist) then that book is automatically offered to the other wishlists versions. So the people, who accept other versions, have already been notified.

Here is the full version of the feature from the help center. Hope you get a request from the offer. Have a great weeekend!!

Similar to Wished-for" items

  • Different versions (ISBNs) of a title are usually linked in the database
    • non-ISBN items are not linked to any other item, even if the title is the same
  • When one version (ISBN) of a book is Wished for, and an alternate version (ISBN) is posted:
    • ALL members who have a "similar" item (same title, but different ISBN) on their Wish List will get an auto-email alert from PBS.
    • This "Similar-item" email alert is NOT the same as a true Wish List offer: it will not be an exclusive 48-hour hold; it will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis
    • Members who want a specific version (ISBN) of a book should not request the "similar item" when they are alerted to it.
    • The "similar-item" notification emails can be turned off in the Email Settings in the Settings tab in My Account.
    • Responding to a "similar-item" alert and requesting that book from the alert email will NOT remove the original ISBN from the requestor's Wish List.


Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2006
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Margaret, that's true, but only for those members that have that feature turned on under their "settings" page. I turned mine off, because many of my wishlist books were audio and I kept receiving notifications for hardback or paperback versions and it was annoying to me.

Another thing you can do is post in the Book Baazar.  There is usually a thread that lists wishlists books with different ISBN's.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:55 PM ET
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I also have that email option turned off for hte same reason as Hunter. I WL a lot of audios that are heavily posted in print.  I got tired of getting 20 emails a day.  If the ones on WL are audio or large print. then I don't bother trying to alert people to the version I have.

I usually see how many of my version are posted. Then on the WL one I will put a tag that says something like "x# posted under ISBN#XXXX".  Usually I find that mine is ordered pretty quickly.  Some people really want hardbacks for collections and if there's a WL for hardback and a lot of paperbacks posted then I don't bother.  Those people probably already know that that it's available in paperback.

Last Edited on: 2/21/09 2:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 3:17 PM ET
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Mary, I had  forgotten about the tag option.  Thanks for the reminder.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 5:45 PM ET
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Mary, thanks for the tip. Ill do that and see if I get any bites for my books =3

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Date Posted: 2/23/2009 4:21 PM ET
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I now have three books that are heavily wl'd and I have different ISBN's than what's WL'd.  I've tagged them with no takers.  Apparently the people who want them have the e-mail option turned off as you do.

I've posted them in a couple of places with no luck.  Any other suggestions?  You always seem to have such great suggestions for all of us!

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 4:24 PM ET
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what 3 books are they?  Try putting them in your signature and making a lot of posts.

Did you try advertising them in the board for the genre they are?  I know in the Mystery and the Romance boards there's a Is This On Your WL thread-the genre board for them might have the same kind of thread.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 4:25 PM ET
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Write a book review about it using your ISBN.  It may show up on the home page long enough to be seen by some interested members!


Date Posted: 2/24/2009 6:37 AM ET
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And it could be just that people don't want the version you have, too, even if they know it's there. For example, most series mysteries, I really prefer paperback unless it's for a favored author that I'm waiting for a new release from. I don't want a big hardcover for a book that's going to take me a few hours to read and is going to take up more room on a bookshelf and that I then have to unload later and pay extra postage to send when and if it finally gets requested.

On the other hand, there are some books I'm collecting in HC for my Keeper shelf because I know I'll re-read the book several times over my lifetime and want a sturdier copy and I've already read the paperback, so don't want that version.

The best bet I think is the Book Bazaar with the "Wishlisted books under different ISBNs available" thread--signatures are fine but a lot of people have them turned off, just like some have the auto-emails about different versions off. At least people who are looking in that thread are actively seeking other versions of WL'd books.

Edited to add: a reminder to folks to occasionally click on the author's name on your wish list books--I do this periodically and find books in the system in a different version--in fact, just did it now, as this post reminded me...and I found 3 books on my WL already available...since they were books that I didn't care which version I get, I ordered them! :)


Last Edited on: 2/24/09 8:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 7:57 PM ET
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I recently got a book and then was able to repost and send it out by posting in the Mystery genre board. The book was Christietown by Susan Kandel. Originally, the ISBN for the version I had, had the spelling as Susan Kankel so it wasn't getting any hits on an author search or coming up as one of her other works.

The person who sent to me wrote a post in the genre board "Looking fior Christietown?" and told people to check her bookshelf or look it up by title.

I submitted a correction for the information, which was eventually made, but also put a note in the genre board with a similar title. It was snatched up pretty quickly.

It works really well!!

As others said, tagging the other versions might work well, too.