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Subject: How Many Is Too Many Books On A Bookshelf?
Date Posted: 6/20/2010 6:15 AM ET
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I'm tempted to add more books to my shelf as I catalogue my books but am holding back because I don't know how many books people are willing to search through to. How big of a Bookshelf are you all willing to hunt around in?

I thought about adding and deleting books every few months to mix my Shelf up a bit but I don't think I have the patience for that.

I thought about posting this at Questions About PaperBackSwap but since I'm 98% romance I thought this was a better forum for the question.


Date Posted: 6/20/2010 7:51 AM ET
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I wouldn't delete any unless you are going to get rid of them elsewhere.  Then you'd start back at the end of the FIFO line. 

For me it depends.  If I'm looking at someone's shelf because they're running a deal-I dont mind a big shelf because I just reduce the size by searching for my favorite genres.  When I'm using the Order More From Member button-I don't always page through every page if they have several pages of books posted.  I have to say even with deals if I look and they have like 2,000 books-I'm probably not going to look at every page.  I'll only look at every page if I fine one or two that I want quickly.  I've seen some shelves that have a few thousand books and even when you reduce by genere there's still several hundred to look through. 

I usually keep  my shelf on here between 50-100 and I've never had problems earning credits or doing BOB trades.  It's not intentional to keep my shelf that small-it's just that most of what I post is WL or fast moving and I also do 2 other trading sites.

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Date Posted: 6/20/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/20/2010 11:09 AM ET
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I like to keep mine between 150-200.  Last fall, I went thru and took most of my books off and donated them.  I never have found the motivation to post more stuff but I need to since my shelf is pretty sparse right now.

I don't like to look thru more than 3-4 pages of books.  After that my eyes glaze over.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 11:57 AM ET
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I will usually do a search for key words or authors on shelves that have 4+ pages of books posted, so I don't mind how many books are on them. 

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 2:00 PM ET
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I also use that search feature (very handy!) and I say you can't have too many on your shelf.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 4:07 PM ET
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I usually order more from a member when I order FIFO so I like having a shelf to look at.  I'd say 200 max though.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 4:39 PM ET
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I'm agreeing with alot here- 4 pages and then my mind is ready to move on.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 5:13 PM ET
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I usually look at two pages.  Or sort and look at two pages. 

I recently sorted by time posted (and by weight) and took some books to the library sale.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 5:51 PM ET
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I usually look at only a few pages. I can tell if i'm interested immediately. I don't like looking thru tons of pages. I hate looking thru wl cause i always add lots more books to my lists.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 8:05 PM ET
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Thank you, everyone, for the input. I think I'll pretty much stay where I am now, under 400 books, and I may delete a few along the way.

I mainly post WL books and books that have 10 or less in the system but I've sort of gone crazy the last few days. Have to control myself. I don't like scrolling through a whole lot of pages either so I have no clue why I complicated things for myself.


Date Posted: 6/20/2010 8:40 PM ET
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I'm in the very small minority - I really like large shelves (200+; still, anything over 500 is a little daunting), and I go through them page by page (sorted by author if it's more than 2 pages) because my tastes are all over the place in terms of genre.  If absolutely nothing catches my eye within the first 2-4 pages, I'll move on.  I generally browse shelves while watching TV so I don't feel I'm wasting too much time.  Though lately I've been keeping myself out of the Bazaar deal threads, so I might finally be able to wade through my TBR.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:22 PM ET
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 "Regular hold sends you to the back of FIFO as well. Vacation hold is your friend"


Oh Nuggets. My shelf has been on regular hold for a while since we have been remodeling our house. I didn't do vacation hold because I still wanted to post a couple I had on hand. Oh No.


Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Yeah when you do individual hold it takes them out of FIFO.  When I'm trying to control postage money or I've posted heavily posted books before I've read them-I go on vacation.  You can autorequest your WL books so you still get them.  And you can unhold just long enough to get WL books on hold for someone else. 

I think the main idea on the invidual hold is so that you can post TBR books ahead of time and just unhold them as you are ready for them to start up FIFO. 

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Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:46 PM ET
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I think 150 - 200 is a good size.  But since I just posted over 100 books to my shelf today, I have to go through and delete some of the older ones and donate them somewhere.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 10:00 PM ET
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I have been thinking of deleting and donating some of mine because I am now over 200.  Then of course, someone orders two that have been on my list since I joined.  So I guess I will keep them for a while yet. 

I usually take the time to browse about 150 to 200 at a time.  I don't ever look at all of the books on a 300 or more shelf anymore, but I used to.  I ordered 60 LP books from one person who was having a 10 for 1 credit sale and has 3,000 on his shelf.  Most of them are westerns and I have been enjoying them.  You never know what people want from week to week.