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Subject: Finding out how many copies are available of a certain title
Date Posted: 3/19/2014 11:46 PM ET
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Suppose I want to post a book on PBS.  Is there any way I can find out how many others of that same book are already posted?  In other words, if there are 238 other members offering that same book, I would not post mine.  Thank you for your help:)

Date Posted: 3/20/2014 12:39 AM ET
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Add the book to your Reminder List by clicking +Reminder and then check your RL list.  It will show how many copies of that particular ISBN# are posted into the system.
 

Date Posted: 3/20/2014 9:25 AM ET
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This gets asked so often you'd think by now they would add this info to the book detail page.

Date Posted: 3/20/2014 11:37 AM ET
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I don't think they want to add it because they don't want people to discourage people from listing the more heavily posted books. They want that books available number to stay high. If lots of members started removing all those heavily posted Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, John Grisham etc.., books that number would go down drastically.



Last Edited on: 3/20/14 11:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/20/2014 2:08 PM ET
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If you offer a lot of deals like I do, even those books with hundreds of copies get ordered.

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Date Posted: 3/20/2014 4:00 PM ET
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Just because you would be adding a book that is number "238" into the system, does not mean that title couldn't be ordered tomorrow.

Example of how that could happen:  Book "238" is by the same author as 4 other titles you have posted, a member is doing a search of that particular author.  The member clicks to order a book by that author, it is one of the books from your bookshelf.  Now, if the member clicks on the Order More button, the member will be able to see all the books on your bookshelf (assuming you have not set your bookshelf to private).  The member now sees you have 4 more titles available by that author and decides to order them all.

The above example is just one of several scenarios in which a heavily posted book could be ordered very quickly.

Date Posted: 3/20/2014 6:43 PM ET
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I know it's possible someone will request a book that is #238 in the list, but frankly I don't have the space to store all these books on the *chance* that someone may order it as part of a multi-book order.  So I go through the routine of putting it on my reminder list, then checking the number there.  And if it's more than #30 or so, it goes to the library book sale instead.  (Maybe if I were listing new, really popular books I'd feel differently, but seriously, how fast is a 1994 book by Herman Wouk with 55 copies listed going to move?)

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 4:10 PM ET
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I use the reminder list for that, but really I wish they'd just put that info, how many copies are already posted, right on the book page with the other stuff. I don't post books that have hundreds of copies posted already either.

Date Posted: 3/24/2014 5:54 PM ET
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I don't have the space either and I don't need the credits so I would also like that info on the listing but it's not that hard to put it on the RL to see.  But I can see why they don't want that info too obvious to find.  I mean it's easy to find but it does involve a couple of steps and from how often this is asked here, it's obviously not listed in the help docs.  They need that # of books available to be high to attract new members. There is a place to see how many individual titles there are available if you look.

When I had a bigger house, a really active WL and a postage budget higher than $10/month-I posted everything and just let it sit. But life changes.

 

Date Posted: 3/25/2014 12:31 AM ET
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The help doc article explaining this is titled, "How can I tell how many books are in the system?"

But no need -- you guys all explained it so well smiley

Date Posted: 3/25/2014 8:25 AM ET
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I guess it is in there after all.