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Subject: Can't find book to add to TBR
Date Posted: 3/2/2015 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2010
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I recently ordered a bunch of books, and got a few freebies.

When adding the freebies to my TBR pile, I wasn't able to add the third one.

Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery) by Laura Bradford keeps bringing up this message:

We were unable to locate any books that matched your search parameters, or none were specified. Please try modifying your search criteria using the Book Browser on the left, which you can use to to produce better results and find great books.


I've searched for it in all ways possible, and still come up with nothing.

This book was listed on a member's bookshelf when I chose it as a freebie. And I have it here - I know it exists. LOL

All I want to do is add it to my TBR pile. (and eventually post it to PBS).

Any suggestions?

Thanks. :)


Date Posted: 3/2/2015 10:57 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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Is ThIs it?

Last Edited on: 3/2/15 10:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 12:17 AM ET
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That's it! Thank you! I added it to my TBR pile. :)

How did you make it come up?

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 12:37 AM ET
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You're welcome! Glad to help.

All I did was search for it using the title in the search box at the top of the page. Sometimes the site is 'wonky', so who knows why it didn't work for you. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 12:42 AM ET
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When posting questions about a particular book title and author it is always helpful to include the book's ISBN (or short ISBN), if any.

The link provided by Linda appears to be the only listing for this title on PBS. Also, note that when a book that isn't in the PBS database then the mere act of searching for it will kick in software that will try to find a listing for it and add the book to the database. So after searching for for a book that isn't listed here, it's worth checking again in a day or two to see if it shows up. And be sure that you are searching for "All" books and not limiting the search to "Posted" or "Wish List" books.  See the Help Doc If you can't find a book by searching on PBS... :

"If the ISBN search gives you the message that the ISBN is not known to the PBS database:

  • This means that PBS doesn't have any information for that ISBN
  • The PBS database is huge, but it doesn't have every ISBN every published
  • The PBS database is updated on a regular basis, and ISBNs are added all the time.
  • If an ISBN is unknown to the PBS database:
    • A book cannot be posted using that ISBN (it needs to be posted as a non-ISBN item)
    • That ISBN cannot be put onto a Wish List, TBR Pile, or Reminder List
  • Although you cannot Wish List an item that is not known to the database, you can use Saved Searches to check the database periodically to see if the item has been added."

Another reason that a search might not find a book you are looking for is if you have excluded specific genres in your account settings. If the book you are searching for is associated with a genre (or genres) in your exclusion list, it won't show up in your search. I once had a problem with this when a book I was searching for had an incorrect genre listed for it. To check or set excluded genres, go to My Account > Settings and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the "Excluded Genres Selector" section.

Last Edited on: 3/3/15 12:52 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/3/2015 9:19 AM ET
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Brynne, that happens to me all the time. It may be an issue with my browser but when I enter the full title Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery) my computer can't pull up the record. I have to enter Hearse and Buggy

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 9:04 PM ET
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I tried just Hearse and Buggy. Tried Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery) and got nothing. I even tried all books by Laura Bradford, and it wasn't there.

I think Linda is right - PBS was wonky. :) And when I used the link that Linda gave me, I got the right book - but it said that there were 6 in the system.

So thanks everyone for the help and suggestions. :)