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Subject: Downloading from WL/RL
Date Posted: 2/13/2009 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2007
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What do you get when you click "download" from these lists?  One file for all books on the list, or a separate file for each book?  I tried this and got 6 different "open or save?" messages and then hit cancel because I didn't want to have to save each book separately.  Will the download save into an XP Home spreadsheet, or do you have to have full fledged Excel?


Date Posted: 2/13/2009 9:20 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2008
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You should get one file for each list, in csv format. This is about the most generic database format you can get. You can then import this data into your spreadsheet software to view and sort and use. If I recall correctly, you get author, title, ISBN10 & ISBN13. Unfortunately you don't get place in line for the WL.

I'm not sure what you mean by an "XP Home" spreadsheet, but Excel will work. MS offers the free Word Viewer which I think will also work, but just to view and print. If you need an office suite (word processor, spreadsheets, & presentations) there is a great free alternative called Open Office. I quit paying for MS Office a long time ago and switched to this free one, no regrets.

Last Edited on: 2/13/09 9:21 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: XP home
Date Posted: 2/13/2009 9:46 AM ET
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I'm comparing what we have at work with the spreadsheet that came with my home computer.  There have been a few times that I needed to work at home, emailed myself a copy of an Excel spreadsheet from work, and then was unable to open with my software at home.  The spreadsheet that came with XP Home is called "Works Spreadsheet", a very stripped-down spreadsheet program, IMHO.  I solved that problem by saving my work work to a USB.

Anyhoo, that's why I thought I might not be able to open PBS download list with my program.  I will look into Open Office, sounds interesting!