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Subject: Going to book sale with others wishes
Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:13 AM ET
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I will be going to a large book sale soon and would like to take along part of the PBS wishlist to guide my shopping. What would be the best method for selecting a part of the wishlist? The books at this sale are in great condition and cheap, so it is a great chance to fill some wishes and build my credits.

Thanks for your help.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:46 AM ET
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I no longer buy WL books just to post-with the postage increases and the cheap rate people are reselling credit-it's just not worth it anymore.  But when I did and was going to a big book sale or thrift stores: I would make a note of the what was on the Top 50 Club WL.  But mostly I would concentrate on genres I know.  There are just too many WL books to get them all.  But I would search some various author names and see which ones were pretty much all WL and keep an eye out for them. I avoided the big names like Nora Roberts, James Patterson, John Grisham etc..,   Sure they have some books that are WL but most of their books are heavily posted.  Many of their books have literally 1,000+ in the system so you'd have to know specifically which books are WL and the ISBN #'s. 

I've always had good luck with paranormals, erotica and cozies. But even there you have to kind of check as some author's in the paranormal and cozies are heavily posted.  (every Joanne Fluke book I post is usually Wl or ordered quickly but every Dianne Mott Davidson book I post is usually very heavily posted in the system already). 

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 1:24 PM ET
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Make sure you take ISBNs not just title & authors. Many of the WL books are for specific bindings so you have to be careful not to buy the wrong one.

Now, if you'd like to take my WL let me know, I'll put it in a shorter printout than either downloading from my WL page which isn't complete, or my notebook entries, which is too paper wasteful and MORE than I'd want  hahahahaha, Just kidding, I'm sure you have enough WLs to search for by now.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 3:19 PM ET
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I think what's wishlisted and what's not is something you get to know after awhile particularly if you hang around the genre forums. That's what I would suggest you do -- hang around the forums, ask some questions and look at some of the posts. Paranormals are always a good bet. Any newer 2010 book is fairly safe. I'd stay away from romances, unless it's brand new. Cozies are hit and miss. The newer ones you're safe, any older ones I'd avoid. I hit a big sale every so often in Benicia and I just use my forum knowledge to guide me. I never took or used the Club Wishlist but it's a place to start although rather limited with only 50 books on it.
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Date Posted: 4/4/2010 11:34 PM ET
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I never took or used the Club Wishlist but it's a place to start although rather limited with only 50 books on it.

Actually you can see every wishlisted book in the system if you go to the Search tab > Club Wishlist.  Or from any search page, select Search Type "Wishlist books".  I usually select Sort By "# of Wishes" in "Descending" order.  And as with any search, you can narrow the results by author or genre.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 1:28 AM ET
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Danyun, We were talking about the Club WL Top 50. You just click the button and there they are .... the top 50 swappers, wishlisted books etc ... 

And besides, I don't know about you, but I don't have time to use that search feature. If you're searching for wishlist books in general, and not a specific book, then you could be there for days. And for what? Aimlessly copying down book after book after book ....  there are thousands of wishlisted books.

The OP was just wondering "in general" about wishlist books and the best way to find them. For that, the club WL Top 50 is a good "go to" point for those not familiar with what is wishlisted in various genres. For me, it's just being familiar with the genres and the forums. It just takes time to get to know and instinctively be able to pick up a book that is probably wishlisted. Using that search feature is not really the way to go unless you're looking for a specific book.

Anyhow, I never have used that search feature and probably won't. You get the same results by typing in the author or book name in the search box that pops up when you hit the search tab. If  I want to see everything by a particular author, I just click on the author's name. It's all listed ... green links are in the system, red links are wishlisted. All in a very easy format to glance at. 



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Date Posted: 4/5/2010 6:02 AM ET
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Thanks Danyun. I hadn't realized you could search specifically for wishlist books.

To the OP - looking over the top 50, I found most of the books to be either future releases, or those books  that most likely everyone else at a book sale will be looking for as well. You have a much better chance of finding books with 10 or 20 wishes, rather than those in the thousands. But I'm not sure how you'd get a manageable list.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 8:41 AM ET
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Mostly I buy what I want to read, or what's on my own wishlist--still doing others a favor, because I can then remove myself from that wishlist queue and move others up the line. :)

I usually will browse through a few buddy's wishlists too, just for a general idea of what sort of things are wanted. I never want to pick up ONLY wishlisted books--usually I'm getting between 20-40 books and I could never afford to send all those out at once! So I don't mind getting books that have a few copies in the system, which spreads the requests (and the amount I need for postage!) out a bit.

I don't buy from a list, but have had pretty good luck with buying:

  • Newer cozy mysteries
  • Paranormals
  • Any cookbook by a Food Network chef
  • Foreign mysteries translated to English

The biggest thing is what to stay away from--which would be things like Nora Roberts, John Grisham, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Nelson DeMille, Patricia Cornwell, etc. Unless you get the absolute newest one of their books, those will already have hundreds of copies in the system. As others have said, do be sure if you work from a list to note not only Title/Author but ISBN also...you might find a certain title on the WL but only in HC or only audio...only to get home and find that there's 50 copies of the paperback in the system, and thus be disappointed.

Of course if you have a fancy phone that connects with PBS, you can check while you're there if something is WL or not...however, if your sales are anything like the ones I go to, usually you're squashed in like sardines or being jostled from all directions, so would not necessarily be the easiest thing to do, either!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:31 AM ET
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FYI, if you have an iPhone, the PBS mobile page works quite well for this purpose. You still have to have a sense of what's going to be WLd, but plug in the ISBN and instantly know if it's a WL book or not! :)

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:43 AM ET
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Thanks for all the tips. Fortunately, this sale has lots of space to move around and tho I don't have a phone with that app, the sale is right across from the library so I could double check here using their computers. Mostly I just think it is fun to find something for someone that they have been looking for. It's sort of like a treasure hunt for me. Have a great week everyone.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 11:19 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/5/2010 2:19 PM ET
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the PBS mobile page works quite well for this purpose.

Now THAT is something I hadn't thought of!!! 

looking over the top 50, I found most of the books to be either future releases

There isn't a single future release on there that I saw, and I can't recall there ever being any at all.  There might be 1 or 2 but not that I recognized. Many are from 2007, 2008, the bulk from 2009. Not even released 2010 is prevalent on there. Numbers can be high before released but they skyrocket after release. I remember that with the The Help. When I bought it about 300 were on the WL. Same with They Symbol and Her Fearful Symmetry. 



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Date Posted: 4/5/2010 2:40 PM ET
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Using that search feature is not really the way to go unless you're looking for a specific book.

I actually think that the search function Danyun suggests is a good way to go if you aren't familiar with every genre and you want more than the top 50 to search for. Someone could easily create an excel document of more than 50 books by using this search feature and then print it to take with them. That way they can have several pages of books they can look for instead of 50.

Personally, I'd rather find the books that are WL but probably not posted as often and find those wishes to fulfill. The top 50 are more likely to move faster since they're more popular books. So it would be nicer for me to fulfill someone's wish in a line that doesn't move as fast, which you wouldn't be able to find on the top 50 list.



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Date Posted: 4/5/2010 3:22 PM ET
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There isn't a single future release on there that I saw, and I can't recall there ever being any at all.

I just skimmed the top 50 list but noticed Charlaine Harris's Dead in the Family, which as far as I know hasn't been released yet. I probably should have said current releases or those books that most likely everyone else at a book sale will be looking for as well. My mistake.

I just wanted to point out that I'd be reluctant to rely on the top 50 list since used copies of these books are probably just as sought after offline as they are online.

Edited to clarify my last sentence.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2010 12:57 AM ET
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I used to only check the Top 50s before I discovered the Club Wish List, but found it a bit... restrictive. :)  I browse to see trends, such as really popular authors/series.  For example, anything Malcolm Galdwell, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Chelsea Handler, Hunger Games is a sure thing - though you could certainly see some of that from the Top 50s, the full wishlist gives a broader, more complete picture.  And the list doesn't change terribly much; I've only browsed it in-depth once, and keep updated with the Top 50 wishlisted for the past 7 days.  In any case, I get books that I'm interested in, or seem interesting, and don't worry about getting WL books in particular.  I just like 1) knowing what's popular and 2) having the whole list at my fingertips. :)

Ruth, another way to familiarize yourself with in-demand books is to browse any bookseller, either in store or online - Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc, just take a gander through the front tables in-store or on the new releases page online.  Anything carried in Target or your local grocery store or the like will most likely be a bestseller and/or a relatively new release.  Another thing: I'd be leery of getting MMPBs specifically to post, unless it's brand new - those ISBNs tend to move a lot faster than their trade pb or hardcover counterparts.

Edited for clarification.



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