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Subject: Hello
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:08 AM ET
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I am new to the site and have several boxes of paper and hard backed books that will take me forever to list, but I also have over 700 ebooks I would like to share. Is there a way of letting people know that a book is an ebook when I post it on my shelf?

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:56 AM ET
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I am new to the site and have several boxes of paper and hard backed books that will take me forever to list, but I also have over 700 ebooks I would like to share. Is there a way of letting people know that a book is an ebook when I post it on my shelf?

PBS won't let you list ebooks. You can't trade them or list them through the site.

If you have legally loanable books, such as from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, sometimes people list them here, in the ebook forum, or on their personal profiles page. Or they post a link to where a list is.

But if they're not part of a loan program, it's be a copyright violation to share them, and I don't think PBS would want that going on here. It could get them into trouble. 

Also, if you have a lot of books to list, going slow might be a good thing. If you post them all at once you might have a lot of Wish Listed books, and you could get flooded with requests. That can be a lot of work and a lot of postage costs if you're just getting started. If you post a few at a time, and get more orders than you want, then you can wait and post the others later. 



Last Edited on: 9/2/14 10:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 12:41 PM ET
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I recommend posting your print books to your TBR (to be read) or BIR (books I've read) pile and then posting them to your bookshelf as you go along. I know from experience that you could end up getting inundated with requests immediately.  Either of those lists will show if a book is wish list and likely to be requested quickly. The reminder list works too but it doesn't obviously flag a wish list book.  It just shows how many copies are in the system and books with 0 copies may or may not be on someone's wish list.

Some people post books to their bookshelf and use individual hold and then unhold wish list books as they need credits. I personally only want to see what I have actively posted into the system on that list. You might have to be on vacation when adding the books, and then put them in individual hold, I'm not sure on that.

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 12:42 PM ET
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And like Cindy says, no ebook trading through PBS. 

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 2:21 PM ET
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However, on your ebooks, go to Amazon and see which ones are lendable and then go over to Booklending.com and list them there. It functions just like PBS but for ebooks. You list what you have, make a wish list of what you want, and thei computer takes it from there.

Date Posted: 9/3/2014 8:51 AM ET
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Another site for e-books to post is Lendle.me.  You accrue points by posting books, etc. to use to borrow books. I like that site because you don't have to guess if a book is available. It show how many of a particular book is available to lend, how many have been borrowed, and what is left. You know immediately if you can get the book. Good luck with the ebooks.


 

Date Posted: 9/4/2014 12:53 PM ET
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That's not always true with lendle.me. I have several books that I have request there that have multiple copies listed and I still haven't gotten them despite being the 1st in line.  I still use it sometimes though.  I find a lot of my ebooks say they are lendable on Amazon but then Lendle shows them as non-lendable. I haven't checked out booklending. com.