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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Subject: Feature Request - searchable unpostables
Date Posted: 3/5/2011 6:44 PM ET
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It'd be great if there was a site-wide search tool for unpostables people have, by ISBN, or by name (like the regular search).

Obviously, members would have to have an unpostable bookshelf for that to work, but it would be great.

Or, alternately, making the 'top header' of a user's bookshelf and/or users' profiles searchable, since lots of people list unpostables in those places.

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 7:54 PM ET
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If you're serious about it, you should send feedback to the PBS Team.

It's not my favorite idea since unpostables are an unofficial idea at PBS.   But, don't let that stop you.  We each have our own ideas.


Date Posted: 3/5/2011 8:25 PM ET
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You can search the discussion forums for particular key words.  Many unpostables are listed in the Book Bazaar discussion forum. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 9:06 PM ET
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There's also a Damaged Books Virtual Box going in the games forum. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 9:11 PM ET
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I'm in the damaged book VB and we're taking sign ups right now :)

Date Posted: 3/5/2011 9:16 PM ET
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The only unpostables that really seem to go for a credit are Wish Listed. Most people, when presented with a choice of spending a credit to order an unpostable book for which there are postable copies available, would not choose to do so.

That is why most people only bother with Wish Listed unpostables, or will offer other unpostables in a deal (usually free with an order from the bookshelf). Even if PBS changed to have some way to order them directly from other members .... I don't think many people would be interested.

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 8:32 AM ET
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Agree with Sara. If there are 20 copies of a book in the system, and 5 unpostable copies on this "unpostable" list from individual "unpostable bookshelves" that people have, I'm going for the book I can re-post for a credit when I'm done reading it.

Who in their right mind is going to pay postage to send out a book that they aren't going to get a credit for at the end of the transaction to recoup the cost?

Wishlisted books, yes...I can see that. I can see offering unpostables as a freebie with an order from your regular bookshelf...and I can see being the recipient of such a deal if the freebie is one you're going to read anyway...but ordering an unpostable in and of itself? I can't see that going anywhere.


Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 9:45 AM ET
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Well, I guess I'm thinking mostly of books that would be postable except that they're missing the 'accompanying materials' - many craft books, for example.

And WL books, too - even if you decide you're willing to spend a credit for a non-postable WL book, they're not easy to find. You have to get lucky and find a member who thought to post in the book bazaar forum.

Then you might get into non-ISBN books, too - really old books are impossible to WL.

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 2:27 PM ET
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I can see your point. There is a cetarin older book I'd love to be able to wish list but can't. i can only hope someone will see it in the Bazaar.

However, making a search for unpostables sounds like a lot of work. To be able to search people would have to be able to post it, and they might get confused and post in the wrong place.

I'm glad they at least have the bazaar for items like this.