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Subject: I guess I don't understand. What if?
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 8:32 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2008
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What if you list 10 books get your 2 free credits joining and listing...and NO ONE chooses your books? Now you just sit and wait? Any way to earn more credits?

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 8:36 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
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Keep adding more books. Someone will want them eventually. You can also run a deal on Book Bazaar (like 2 books for 1 credit, ect.)

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 8:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2007
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List more books.  Pick them up at garage sales, thrift stores, etc.   Try to pick up books that aren't easily recognizable as "common" because there are probably already several posted to the system.  Cook books are good, non-fiction seems to be desirable.

You can also run a BOGO sale in the book bazaar.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:40 AM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2007
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Susan, I agree with what others said about offering a deal in the book bazaar. 

I noticed that some of your books are missing descriptions and one is missing its cover picture, so I edited those to add the image and the descriptions.  It may be a few hours or days before you see those changes. That will help others to know if they may want any of your books. 

I couldn't find a book description for The Legacy.  If there is a book description on the back cover of that book, you can add it by clicking on The Legacy and clicking on the arrow on the right of the screen, and click on edit book data. 

It looks like you may already have an order.  Yay!

Last Edited on: 3/2/08 9:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Hi Susan,

Welcome to PBS! Checked out your shelf and ordered a book by an author I hadn't tried before.  I love mysteries/thrillers and hope she becomese a new favorite!


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Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:52 AM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2008
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Currently, you also get one credit for every person you refer who signs up and posts ten books.  As I understand it, you can also transfer credits from sister site SwapaDVD.com and it sounds like a lot of people do that so if yo have an extra DVDs laying around...



Date Posted: 3/2/2008 11:17 AM ET
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Craft books also go fast.  And I agree with everyone else - find good, cheap books and post them.  Ask family and friends if they have any books they want to get rid of, and post them.  I go to Goodwill and my local library FOL bookshop and get books all the time just to post.

Subject: Craft books
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 12:20 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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I'm new also and am excited to already have three book requests (a historical novel, a chick lit, and a craft book).  I am so happy to hear that craft books are popular -- I have tons of those to list.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Trish, be sure to read the guidelines on those craft books, I know my mom has a lot that do not meet the guidelines because they are small ones without ISBNs. But, if they have ISBNs or are over 50 pgs post away, and then draw attention to them by posting in the Book Bazaar forum to make sure people know there are fresh books!

Another genre that moves very well is Fantasy fiction. It seems to be a keeper genre and it never stays long on my shelf, nor is a lot of it available in quantities like some other books.

Subject: Craft Books
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 1:33 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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Thanks for the info on craft books.   I had a craft book buying jag (!!!) about 10 years ago and bought a bunch of vintage craft books.  Most do not have ISBNs (older) but they are hardcovers so not small books.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 2:33 PM ET
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You can also, if you get desparate, buy credits.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 2:39 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/2/2008 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you have a bunch of unread books, log them into the TBR pile and see if you have any that are WL.  If you do, read those first and post them to get a credit.

Paranormal romances go fast.  If you like those or can get them cheaply.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 4:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2006
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My experience is that non-fiction books are requested very quickly after I post them- Examples are books on these subjects:

home decorating

home repair

car repair









Date Posted: 3/2/2008 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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Hmmmm, need to go sort through my quilting books.