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Subject: Feeling bad about splitting up a collected series
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 11/29/2009
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I love to read a series from start to finish. Having to wait for the next book in a trilogy may just cause me to put the whole series on my back burner list till I have all three books.

Now if I have all three books on my bookshelf, I figure some other folks would want to have all of them at once. Is there a way to list such a collection/triology?

(Perhaps this is part of what makes a Box-o-Books valuable. I am a newbie so I am still learning the ins-and-outs of PBS)

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2008
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I don't know of a way to do that, but you could advertise and offer all 3 of them together in Book Bazaar. You might consider offering a deal of all 3 for 2 credits because it costs less to mail all 3 to one address than to mail even two of them to two separate addresses. Hope this helps. Peggy

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:13 PM ET
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There really isn't, since PBS is based on "FIFO" or "First in, First out." What you COULD try if you really want to send the set together would be to list just the first one, and when it's ordered, PM the requestor to let them know you have the other two if they are interested. But if they aren't interested in the other books, then you just send the one anyway.

Speaking personally, I do NOT like to collect all of a series at once, particularly not longer series. I generally space out reading series books so I don't get bored with them. I only order one or two series books ahead in case I come to dislike the series...I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of books I'm no longer interested in reading. So not everyone will necessarily want all the books in a series right up front.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:49 PM ET
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If they are Wish Listed, find Sherry's thread in the Book Bazaar and list them there. If they are not Wish Listed, you can post your own thread there or check to see if there are any offer threads in the Genre they fit in (if there isn't a thread for offers in the Genre, please don't post a deal there, deals do need to be in the BB or in a thread specifically for that if they are in the Genre threads).

You can also list them in your signature in case someone in the forum see thems and PMs you.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:52 PM ET
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Sue D. ... I also llike to have all of the books in a series before I start them ... but only if the series has a defined end book (like a trilogy).

If the book series is just an open ended bunch of books that might go on for a while (like the Sookie Stackhouse, for example) then I will start them anyway ... because there is no way of knowing how many books there will ever be, and I might stop liking them in the middle if they get too repetitive.

I find book series that have a defined end book (trilogy, quartet, whatever you call a five-book series) are usually planned better to have a decent story arc through all of the books, and usually each of the books contributes something new to the story. I tend to dislike the open-ended book series because quite often, you can tell that the author has no idea when/how the books will end and it shows in the quality of the overall story.

I usually just post a series of books to my bookshelf, about half the time, they just get ordered individually, and about half the time, someone will order 1 or all of the others together thru FIFO. The best place to offer the books together if that is how you want to send them is probably be offering them in the sticky thread in the book genre forum that applies to your set of books. Most of them have a "Bookshelf promotion, offers" sticky thread in them, where you can highlight the fact that you have the complete trilogy available. Also good would be the Book Bazaar as others have suggested.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 4:59 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2009
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Recently, a nice member (Aileen) PM'd me that she saw a book I wanted that was the first in the series on my Wish List.  She PM'd and asked if I'd like the first four, so she could send them all together.  What a great deal, and I jumped at the chance.  If you have any buddies that have similar interests, you might try a PM to those people.  Best of luck with it.