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Subject: How many books of a certain title are in the system?
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:39 AM ET
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I know there is a way to find out but can't recall.  I'm posting books.  I would love to see that information right on the first screen of a book so I can decide whether or not to even post my book.  Sometimes, if there are 100s of copies already in the system, I'd rather take my book to Goodwill or something.  I never know when a book of mine will be requested so I keep as many as I can on my PBS bookshelf but that also means they are taking up valuable real estate in my home office!  LOL

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:41 AM ET
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If you add the book to your Reminder List it will tell you there how many copies are available.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:43 AM ET
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Is that the only way?  I don't really want my bookshelf books cluttering up my Reminder List.  With my luck, I'll forget that it's my book and then request it!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 11:06 AM ET
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Yes that is the only place the number of books in the system will show up. It only shows the number at that time, not your place or anything, so you can just add it, check out the number, and then delete it.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 11:58 AM ET
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Is that the only way?  I don't really want my bookshelf books cluttering up my Reminder List.  With my luck, I'll forget that it's my book and then request it!

Tag them. I have all my bookshelf books on my reminder list with the tag "my bookshelf" so it's easy to see that they aren't books I'm actually looking to get.

Just remember that aside from when you first add the book, you don't really know where in that line you are. So don't use it as definitive evidence that your book won't be requested.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 12:46 PM ET
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Well, I use "Notes" to add a note to my book, NOT tags.

Everybody can see your tags. Your notes are personal.

I use notes when I post books to note if they have some kind of special condition (like ex-library or something) or if I have 2 copies, that I might want to double-check before I accept an RC. I also use notes to remind me how many copies were in the system on the date I posted. I also use Notes on my Wish List books to track how fast the line is moving (so every couple of months, I can see how far I have moved up on the list).

Some of this info is not appropriate for tags (like if I have 2 copies of a book, that is not useful to anyone except myself, so I keep it to myself).

And, notes are just as good as tags for looking at someone elses bookshelf .... you will see your note as you peruse. Notes are also visible when you use Search.



Last Edited on: 1/15/10 12:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 12:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Even if there are lots of a certain title in the PBS system - you could use those titles as a deal (or a lure) to your bookshelf by posting them in the BB and in your signature line to hopefully get more of your books to move more quickly - especially if they are postable.  I'd definitely try that before getting rid of them. ;)

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:40 PM ET
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I would try putting your heavily posted books in the BB with a deal. I did that last week and had people requesting books that had 123, 86, 39 etc. copies in the system. Plus, when they ordered a book, they found more books to order by clicking the 'order more from this member'. I keep notes like Sara does on all my books when I post them. It really helps. Also, I had a book a couple of weeks ago requested from my shelf that had been on there for a year.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Well, I use "Notes" to add a note to my book, NOT tags.

Everybody can see your tags. Your notes are personal.

Yes, but if you use notes for many reasons, it's hard to quickly scan and see what is on your shelf because the notes aren't visible (you have to hover over them). Tags are public, but unless you're hijacking a tag that is in use for something else, I don't think anyone really cares.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 2:35 PM ET
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Sara - I use notes like that, too.  I love the notes.  I even use them to remind me that I've already seen it or it's on my RL (and the date when I put it on my RL) or even that I've decided I don't want that book and why.  As for putting books on my RL to see how many there are - I delete that title immediately after finding out so my RL doesn't get more cluttered than it already is.

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:49 PM ET
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Tags are public, but unless you're hijacking a tag that is in use for something else, I don't think anyone really cares.

Well, some people do care. (not me, I don't really care, but some people do complain of the forums about this.). But quite honestly, if everybody used tags for personal purposes, pretty soon there won't be room on the PBS listing page for any other info. Its only manageable because there are relatively few people doing it.

Also, PBS says that information that is particular to your copy of a book is not appropriate for a tag. So things like "torn cover" or "unpostable" etc. should really not be in tags. (I've seen stuff like that frequently).