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Subject: How many already posted?
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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Is there a way to tell how many copies of a particular title have already been posted?

I have limited shelf space to devote to PBS books. If there's 200 copies of Grisham's The Firm (just posted it) already in the system, and 199 people have to order it before my copy is ordered, then there's not much reason for me to post it and keep it on my PBS "to be traded" shelf. I could donate it to a local charity instead, and make room for another book that's more likely to be asked for on here.

Last Edited on: 7/23/11 7:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 7:16 PM ET
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Hey Josh :) Just add a title to your Reminder List and it'll show how many copies are currently available.

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 7:17 PM ET
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I do not know if there is a "quicker" way to do it but I just add the book to my reminder list. When you look at your reminder list it will tell you haw many copies are in the system. For example on version of The Firm has over 1700 copies in the system while another has only 9.

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 8:09 PM ET
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Be sure to post by the ISBN # and not the title to find out if YOUR copy is posted.  Pat

Date Posted: 9/2/2011 10:20 AM ET
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OK so there is a workaround- but it could be a lot easier. It could just show the number of posted copies next to the title on your bookshelf. This method, although it works, is difficult and cumbersome enough so that it's borderline impractical.

Also- here's something else that could be implemented. Once you've mailed out a book, the orderer's Zip Code should be listed in the transaction details.

I keep track of sent items by zip code- this is the only identifying number printed on the receipt that the Post Office gives you when you mail something out.  At the moment the orderer's zip code is NOT listed in the transaction details once the transaction is completed.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/2/2011 11:18 AM ET
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I'm pretty sure it's a deliberate design choice to hide the number of copies of a book. The last thing the site owners would want to do would be to discourage people from posting books. Hiding the number of copies might discourage you from posting a few books, but it works the opposite way for the vast majority of people, so from the website design perspective, hiding the number is achieving the goal.

Regarding the ZIP code -- it's on your My Account page for as long as the transaction is in progress. After that, you don't get to see anything more granular than the state. It's a privacy thing.

Date Posted: 9/2/2011 11:45 AM ET
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Why do you need to keep track of the transaction after it is complete?

Date Posted: 9/2/2011 1:03 PM ET
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You know, I had always wondered why books never showed how many copies were in the system unless you added them to your Reminder List but Cathy makes a very good point. There are some books that have been on my PBS Bookshelf for years. I'm sure those books had a ton of copies in the system. If I had known that, I may not have bothered to post the books but donate them to my library or charity instead.

I think it actually makes more sense to keep the numbers hidden than to show them to the whole world.

Date Posted: 9/3/2011 1:58 PM ET
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Yup, Reminder list is the only way I've every found either.