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Subject: Features you would like to see PBS implement?
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 3:46 AM ET
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I was just wondering if anyone else has any features in mind that they would like to see PBS implement in the future.  I would like to see a block feature added in the private messages so that you can stop someone from messaging you if they are being obnoxious.  I would also like to see PBS implement some of the features that BOOKINS.COM has.  For example, at bookins, you only pay for the books that you receive - they pay for shipping on the books that you send.  I have spent a great deal of money here on PBS in the past year shipping my books to others and I have received very few of the books on my wish list.  Wish PBS paid for shipping too. 

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 3:49 AM ET
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a "go to bottom" button

 

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 8:33 AM ET
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@Mary-

Since TPTB rarely frequent the forums you should send you suggestions directly to them. 

If a member is sending rude PMs, again contact TPTB.

As for PBS paying for shipping; that would basically alter the entire focus of the site and sort of change it into that other site you mentioned. Sorry you haven't had much luck with your WL books; but while you're waiting on them why not sample some of the other 5 million plus books posted on the site.  The great thing about PBS for me is that I've expanded my reading choices immensely, trying a lot of different genres and authors.

-RD

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 9:19 AM ET
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A way to see how many copies of a book are posted without having to add it to your reminder list.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 10:04 AM ET
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I would love an "address book" feature so if I am repeat mailing to the same person (either thru mail-to-a-friend or the Game Forum) I could input addresses once instead of having to repeatedly retype them.

If there is already a way to do this -- I'd love to know....

Subject: Wish List for Reminder List changes
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 10:06 AM ET
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I second Evelyn on asking for a feature to see how many copies are available without havng to add it to the reminder list.

I sent in a suggestion to the staff asking that they consider another change to the reminder list. What I would like to see is not just how many of that book are currently available, but where my book is in that list.  This way I coudl see that 20 books are available, but that mine is 6th of the FIFO.  When you add a posted book to the reminder list, you can see where you are then, but later you have no way of knowing how much your book has advanced and how many others were added afterwards.

However, as stated above, you must submit suggestions to the staff, not just post them here.



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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 12:30 PM ET
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@ Rob D. 

I have contacted them with my site suggestions and also when I had a problem with another customer.  Unfortunately, when I contacted them about the unwanted PM's, they weren't helpful at all.  They just  told me to stop responding to the other person and they would eventually go away.   The other person did eventually stop but I had to deal with their PM's until they got tired of it.  It would have been so much nicer to just be able to block them after the first rude PM.

Thanks for your advice on expanding my reading choices.  I HAVE been in a bit of a Victorian rut.  cheeky

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 1:22 PM ET
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What I would like to see is not just how many of that book are currently available, but where my book is in that list.  This way I coudl see that 20 books are available, but that mine is 6th of the FIFO. 

I think that's been suggested before.  If I remember correctly, it's a really complicated problem to calculate where you are in FIFO.  Since member can also order directly from your bookshelf, and some FIFO lines move faster than others, your location isn't really always a good indication of when the book will be ordered.  But it never hurts to ask TPTB anyway. 

I third the motion to see how many copies without adding to the RL.  I've asked for that one myself. 

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 1:43 PM ET
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Mary, if you want a site where you only pay for the books you get in, you might try www.booksfree.com

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 2:12 PM ET
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goodreads.com also has a bookswap feature where the requestor pays for postage

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 2:13 PM ET
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It's actually booksfreeswap.com. The one posted above is the book rental site.

You might get more of your WL books if you make your list public and hang out on the forums more. People like to post books to others they "know" from the forums.  Especially if they can send more than 1 book to someone.  But your list it private so people reading this now can't even look to see if they could post a WL book right to you. Which is allowed.  I know when I post a WL book to FIFO, the first thing I do is to check their WL to see if I can save on postage.  I don't know if anyone would even see your WL that way if it's private.

They won't change it to the requestor paying the postage.  The site has been up to long to do that. That's something that has to be done when a trading site is started. 

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 2:52 PM ET
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I dont see paying to request the book a  good thing.  I send a book, I get a credit, that credit is worth around the cost of shipping and average book. I can then use that credit or sell it.

What if I request a book, pay for postage and it never arrives?  You are still out money.

As for WL books, just have to wait, even if you had to pay for shipping you'd still have to wait for a copy to be offered.

Blocking PMs, I think that could cause issues.  IF you have dealings with XX on the forums, XX does not like you, PMs nasty stuff and you block XX.
Then a book request comes through, you do not notice it is XX, book gets damaged so XX PMs to tell you about it. You'd never get that PM, TPTB would not be happy because you are required to answer book trading questions.  Might also inhibit RWAP PMs to you if they are from XX. 
BUT I do see where you are coming from on that one..some people don't always give up. OR have no manners.

I agree with othes that said having your WL on display might get you more books. Mainly because people do look, and if they see you have 2 books that they have, they'll be more likely to send them out to save on postage.

Plus check out the book bazaar multi WL posts.  Could be someone with your books wanting to send out 3 in one shipment. 

 

I would love to see where my books are in line or even just how many are in the system. 

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 3:13 PM ET
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@ xengab, on www.BOOKINS.com if you paid the postage  for a book and it never arrived, you would receive a refund and the sender would have their account flagged.

@ Sarah L., Thank you!  

And thanks for the Wish List advice everyone, I will make my Wish List public right away. 

 



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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 3:14 PM ET
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I wish it showed how many copies were posted on the TBR Pile.  But I can see why they don't do that. They're probably afraid people will stop posting the more heavily posted books if it's right there and easy to see. 

I know I've seen people on here say that they won't post a book that has more than 50 copies in the system.  I post them no matter how many copies.  I've posted books with 100+ copies in the system and have had them ordered from FIFO within just a couple of weeks.  I've posted books with several hundred in the system and have had people order them from me as an add-on when I'm sending them a WL book.  But then I've posted books that were the only copy and have had them sit for months on end until I donated them before a move.  So the # posted isn't that great of an indicator.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 4:00 PM ET
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How about if I do a search for a book it would tell me also if it can be found under Multiple WL or Unpostable, so I do not have to slug through lengthy searches.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 4:35 PM ET
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If I remember correctly, it's a really complicated problem to calculate where you are in FIFO

Actually, that is very easy. The reason that PBS doesn't just do it (I think) is because the reason people want to know their FIFO line number is so that they can guess show fast the book will be ordered. BUT, knowing your FIFO line number does not really give you that info.

 So, I think they are postponing that until they figure out how much additional information is also necessary to provide for people to really be able to gauge when the book will be ordered. (how many copies requested in past week, date of last requested copy, etc). 

And, they might never do it if they think that providing that info might cause people to not post books. If this was my site, I would not make changes that would tend to naturally result in people posting less books.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 5:44 PM ET
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How about if I do a search for a book it would tell me also if it can be found under Multiple WL or Unpostable, so I do not have to slug through lengthy searches.

I don't get what you are askign with this?  PBS doesn't keep track of what people are offering as unpostables or in the WL multiple threads.  Those threads get edited and changed too quickly for them to really keep up with it. Especially since they don't really monitor the message boards anyway.

And you can see if a book is on multiple WL just by the WL count.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 9:12 AM ET
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I'd like to be able to put a particular WL'd book "on watch" and get an email when I move up on the FIFO list. That would stop my compulsive WL checking. Maybe.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 12:21 PM ET
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That might generate a lot of emails for you.  A book can fluctuate several times in a day if someone is going on and off hold.  I do that. I stay on vacation most of the time to control postage costs.  But there are days where I might come off hold 4 or 5 times to post WL books.  Everytime I do, the WL lines move up and down for my WL books. THat would be a minimum of 200 emails 4-5 times that the system would have to send just for my account if all my books just had 1 wisher. 

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 6/16/2011 12:28 PM ET
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It's actually booksfreeswap.com.

Thanks Mary.  I was typing from memory (faulty, obviously) and didn't check the site name to be sure it was the right one.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 12:31 PM ET
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Hmm. Well I just looked at your WL.  I hate to say it, but I don't think you have a lot that's posted very often.  You shouldn't have to wait too long for the Parasol Protectorate books and some of the other fiction books I saw.  But the regional ghost story books and Victorian books are probably not posted often. They look pretty cool. But I imagine they're the type of books that people tend to keep. 

There isn't any other fiction type books that you like to read?  I've learned to just buy myself the more obscure stuff that I want really badly.  And to use the WL for fiction or non-fiction that I'd like to get sometime but won't be upset if I never get it here either. Or for pricier WL books that I don't mind waiting for awhile.  I still get several WL offers a month.  Granted some of those were books I added a long time ago. But they do come.



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Date Posted: 6/16/2011 4:01 PM ET
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I would love to have the opportunity to decline having a RWAP book returned to my wish list.  Usually, the RWAP books that I receive are readable even if they aren't postable by PBS guidelines.  I feel like I have the right to request my credit back on a book that is soiled or water/liquid damaged but if I can read the book before passing it on to the free bin at the library, I'm happy to do that.  I don't necessarily need to have another copy of the book in question. Does that make sense?  Some books I do want another edition of but most I do not.  A question asking if the book should be returned to my WL would be terriffic.



Last Edited on: 6/16/11 5:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/17/2011 8:37 AM ET
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Some way of knowing where in the queue my bookshelf books are (how many copies ahead of me, how many have moved recently). This has been promised for a while IIRC.

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 6:37 PM ET
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I would love to be able to check my RL on members shelf.  When I go to their bookshelf I would love to be able to click on something that would show me if they have any of the books from my RL.  Instead of having to scroll through the whole shelf looking for my tags.

Date Posted: 6/17/2011 8:45 PM ET
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That might generate a lot of emails for you.  A book can fluctuate several times in a day if someone is going on and off hold.  

Hi Mary L. That is a good point. You're right -- I definitely wouldn't want my entire WL on "watch." Just one or two YA books that have been WL'd for almost a year!

 

Edited: didn't see that two Marys were posting on here!

 



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