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Subject: Duplicate copies of same book
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 3:33 PM ET
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Is there a reason we can't post duplicate books?  I have more than one copy of the same book (same ISBN/author/title/etc) but the system is not allowing me to post it since I have one already on my shelf.  Is there a reason for this? 

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 3:54 PM ET
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Basically, it is so that everybody that has a copy gets a chance to be in the line to mail it out.

It wouldn't be fair to let someone get in line with multiple copies of a book and prevent others from being able to get theirs requested.

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 3:57 PM ET
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Okay, I see.  That makes sense. Thank you!

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 4:40 PM ET
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There has been an exception to this. If we received two copies of a book from PBS, then we could have two copies on our bookshelf. Not sure if this is still true as PBS has been updating the posting process. But I did find this out after a Lost book arrived.
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 8:08 PM ET
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Oh, I thought it was so we couldn't accidentally post the same book multiple times.  Then a member would receive additional requests after the one book was mailed.  I try to keep my posted books seperately, but once in a great while I'm adding to my bookshelf and get the message 'this book is already on your bookshelf.'  A nice safety feature.

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 9:02 PM ET
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Yes, the extra message is nice so you don't accidentally post a second book....but in my case, I did have another of the same one & there were no copies of it in the system so I thought if anyone was looking for it, I had two. One got requested within less than 30 minutes of me adding it so I thought I could add the other right after but it wouldn't let me.

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 1:31 AM ET
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It will let you add it after the first has been mailed. 

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 2:37 AM ET
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Dang, I wish I knew that! I put it on ebay to sell.  If it doesn't sell on there, then I may bump it back on here.

Thank you, everyone!

Date Posted: 8/12/2012 6:08 PM ET
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I was able to snag multiple, like new books from my library. They were left over from VT Reads program. I just keep posting them as they are requested and mailed.