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Subject: e-mails telling about mailing books
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 12:04 PM ET
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I have some books that I have not accepted yet because of the bad weather here. I want to wait as long as I can.  Most of the books say I still have 2 days and 11 hours.  Why am I getting e-mails saying they have to be accepted?????  One even said it was the second notice.   We still have about 30 inches of snow on my street and I can't even find my car. So I want to wait until the very last minute to mark the books accepted.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 12:28 PM ET
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They're just auto generated. It's just something the site does to remind people about various things.

Not everyone knows (or goes on to the PBS Web site) they have a book waiting to be accepted so this is a reminder -- like I said mostly for the people who aren't on the site regularly. 

If you know about it, I wouldn't worry about it. You have the full time to accept the book.

Last Edited on: 2/11/10 12:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 12:33 PM ET
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  Thanks I will wait the full time and hope the weather clears a little, they just said on the news another one is due to hit us on Monday. I don't know where we will put any more snow, I can't see out my first floor windows now because we piled it up from the walks and cars.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 4:23 PM ET
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What Susan said.  Just wait as long as possible to accept, then (given the weather forcast) you may wish to choose the latest 'mail by' date possible.  After accepting, you will have the pm button to contact the requesting members and can let them know you will mail as soon as weather permits.  This shouldn't be a problem, and hopefully there's enough time built into the PBS system to accomodate this series of storms.

Keep warm, and hope you have lots of good books to read while you wait!

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 5:37 PM ET
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I'm near you and I've just been letting requests sit a few days before accepting.  I'm just deleting the mails.  I did have my account on vacation for a few days and have been tempted to put it back on vacation.  (although I'm glad I didn't because I had 5 shelf orders last week and 5 again already this week).  I'm more concerned about the power going out than getting them in the mail.  I mean technically if I stick stamps on them and put them in my mail box they are mailed-even if the mail man doesn't show up for a couple of days.  For the one order I have over 13oz-if I have to I'll use the PBS postage and stick it in my mail box-I'll just adjust the postage date to the next day or even 2 days later. Then stick it in my mail box. 

During the 4 day power outage last year I had to go ot the library to get some address' and mark books mailed.  So I guess I'll do that again if the power goes out.  Although this time I've been printing labels out right away which is something I don't  normally do-so I dont' have to hand address all the packages like I did that time.

I'm really sorry I accepted the 3 book request I got yesterday because it gave me a Monday mail by date and I forgot about the Holiday. 

Last week I marked some books mailed early incase the power went out-which it did but only for about 6hrs. 

Last Edited on: 2/11/10 5:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 5:39 PM ET
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Bertie, with an impending storm brewing ahead on top of what you already have, you may want to put your books on hold. That way you won't have any more of these problems until your roads get better. Your area is really getting walloped this year. Gives you a lot of time to read though. I would do like the others said. Then if you can use PBS/DC postage, wrap them and put them in your mailbox. Good luck! Take the full time allowed to mail those books.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 9:16 AM ET
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is there anyway to not recieve the e-mail reminding you about the books that have to be mailed????  I wouldn't mind so much if they sent one when you only had 1 day to go but to start sending them when you still have 3 or more is a bit much.  I was sent 3 again today and still have 1 day and 21 hours on most of the books.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 11:08 AM ET
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is there anyway to not recieve the e-mail reminding you about the books that have to be mailed????

I doubt it, since they're site reminders that PBS wants you to get. Also, the site has been wonky for some people. With all the storm stuff things may be glitching and there's no one around to baby-sit it because everyone is just trying to get by, weather wise.

I'd just ignore and delete them. They're automatic, nothing personal, and with this weather there's no use spending any energy on fussing with them.