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Subject: How Many Books On Your Shelf
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:29 AM ET
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Still new here and was just wondering how many books are posted on your bookshelf at present?

I have six at the moment (though I started with 12 a week ago, half have already been requested) and I hope to post more when I go home for spring break. My shelf seems so small when I check others on the boards and see they are in the hundreds!


Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:51 AM ET
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I have about 60 on my shelf.  some are the only copy and some there are many copies

I think there is one person that has over 6000 on their shelf.  I don't know how they keep up with that many!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:52 AM ET
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i have 27 at the moment

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:59 AM ET
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125 posted

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:32 PM ET
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Welcome to the club!

Although I own a lot of books, I only post about 50 (one page) at a time. When I'm in the forums I like to peek at the other members bookshelves and I usually can't be bothered to check out more than one page. I know a lot of other members feel the same.

As my books are requested I just add more to keep my bookshelf at 50.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:41 PM ET
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I have 20 at the moment. :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:00 PM ET
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I rarely have more then 20 or 30.  I send out 4-5 books a week.  But most of what I post is either WL or not heavily posted. I think the most I ever had was 50.  You don't have to keep a big shelf.  A big shelf is good if you have a lot of heavily posted books.  Then you can offer deals and the # of books helps because there's always something moving it's way up FIFO. But if you routinely post WL books and books that don't have a lot of copies in PBS then you should get steady orders even without a big shelf.  The people who seem to have problems are the ones with small shelves and every book is highly posted. Then they don't have enough books to really run a deal and just have to wait to move up the FIFO line.

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Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:50 PM ET
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I only have around 400 used to have more but cut down my shelf alot.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 1:51 PM ET
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Although I own a lot of books, I only post about 50 (one page) at a time. When I'm in the forums I like to peek at the other members bookshelves and I usually can't be bothered to check out more than one page. I know a lot of other members feel the same.


That's funny.  My page limit for browsing others' shelves is 2, and I try to keep 90-100 books on my shelf.  I guess it all depends on your personal tolerance. :-)

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Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:42 PM ET
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Interesting post.  I have about 232 right now.  I like to keep it at around 200, but I add books constantly.  I usually go through them once a month and pull those that have been there a long time and haven't had much action. 

Like an above poster, I can only handle about 3-4 pages of browsing.  Same with WLd books by posters.  I like to see what others have on their WL to see if I might have one of their books tucked away that I haven't posted, but usually 2 pages of WLd books is the most I can go through.  Part of that problem (and I'm guilty of it) is you'll have 4-5 copies of the same book posted (different ISBNs of course) and that takes up lots of space.


Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:47 PM ET
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When  I'm looking at someone's shelf with a lot of books I just use the search feature to narrow it down to my favorite genres. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Welcome!  I usually have around 80 or so.  I just started a 3 for 1 deal and mailed out 10 separate orders so I'm down below 50.  :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 5:33 PM ET
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I have 141 at the moment, but I used to have a lot more. When someone has a huge shelf, I just sort it by genre so I only have to browse through the sort of books in which I am interested.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I have 104 posted at the moment. I usually keep it between 100 and 150. I don't have the room to store much more than that plus my TBR.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Mine is just over 500 and I keep it about that most of the time. I have over 3000 in my house so my PBS shelf is a small portion of the books I own.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I'm comfortable with having 200-230 posted.  My RL bookshelf and small chest will hold about that many.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 7:46 PM ET
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I have 230 posted now. I prefer to keep it at about 175 to 200, but I've added a lot of books lately culled from my TBR stacks.

When I'm browsing, I think the ideal shelf size is up to about 200. If the shelf is any larger than that, I generally sort by genre and skip the rest.


Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:59 PM ET
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I think I have about 145, too many.  I'm getting overcrowded with books an nowhere to store them.  Time to buy some new bookshelves, I think.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:14 PM ET
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I had about 15, and DH gave them away because he was tired of them sitting here. I was not too happy about that.

Now, I have 2 books on my shelf, and will hopefully get some more up as I get through more of my TBR pile.

M.E. (ryenke) -
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:15 PM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2009
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When I order a book, I always browse the sender's bookshelf to see if there is anything else I might want.  Or something my husband might want.  The bookshelves that are bigger - over a couple of pages - often contain something else I'll order.  So the people with bigger bookselves save on postage and get larger orders from me.

Me, I have put every book we don't want to keep on our bookshelf, spent a while doing it, but it was worth it to me to have it up there and done.  I figure if it is not on my shelf, no one can order it from me, so why not post everything we have.

I'm still a newbie, but this has worked nicely for the books on my shelf, In the month and 1/2 I've been here I've sent out 47 books and received 49. 

I don't figure the heavy ordering from our shelf will last, and there is no way that we'll refill our PBS bookself to the current level, because I've probably posted more than 15 years worth of unwanted book accumulation at once.  (And doing the math, we have posted somewhere in the neighborhood 1/10th of our total books).

So the way I see it, I figure I am  best off putting everything out there.  And when I'm doing the ordering, its usually a win-win if the shelf I'm ordering from is heavily stocked. 

But one thing I'm learning, everyone is different.  While many people probably share my book trading tendencies, many more won't.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I keep around 120 or so on my shelf all the time and I like to browse others' bookshelves when I order from them.

I figure that if they have one book I like, odds are decent they will have another since a lot of people focus on one genre. I don't mind digging through long shelves, that's what the search function is for. I get what I want and they jump the FIFO line and save on their postage at the same time - it's a win-win.

My own shelf is admittedly very eclectic - I post a lot of books that are given to me and that I have no personal interest in, like romances.

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 12:04 AM ET
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I have 60+ on my shelf.  And over 40 in my tbr, which will eventually turn over, but I accumulate complete series before I start reading.  So if you're lucky and I just reposted, it's possible you could find a complete set!

Some of my books are one of only a few posted at PBS and a bunch of them are one of over 400.  I keep them posted because I figure if anyone's requesting them I'll eventually get picked.   Some of these I tried to sell at the local UB store but no luck.  So I guess my chances here are a little better.  My list is kind of eclectic because I have books from family members and lots of my old college books that I didn't know what to do with until joining PBS.

When I order a book I always check to see if there'sanything else I would like.  I do that a lot with series.  I'll go into the bookshelf of the member holding book 1 and see if they have any of the others, and if not, before I confirm my order I'll check the shelves of members holding books further down in the series.  If the next member has more than one of the series books I'll order from them.  You're never going to be 'next up' when you post a series and I'd rather order multiples, because I'm always glad when multiples are requested from me.


Date Posted: 2/22/2009 12:18 AM ET
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Currently I only have 4, but my account is on hold since I'm trying build up my shelf and also I'm away at school.

I love to see how everyone has their own unique way of doing things.

Anne, I really like your idea. I had never thought of that.

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 5:44 AM ET
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I figure if it is not on my shelf, no one can order it from me, so why not post everything we have.

Hi M.E.,

Actually, people pretty much don't order books from my bookshelf. Unlike my bookshelf, my wish list has the maximum allowed, 200. My entire wish list is on auto request so I receive about 3 to 4 books a week. As soon as I finish reading I repost them but they are wishlisted so they go to the next person in line and never actually make it on to my bookshelf.

I just keep my bookshelf active so that the person being offered my re-posted wishlisted books can take a peek and maybe order another book from me. One word of advice: If someone requests one of your books, accept the request but don't print the label out immediately. Give the requester a couple of hours to check out your bookshelf and possibly order another. I know a couple of times I have wanted to order more than one book from a member but couldn't because they already had the postage-paid label printed.

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 9:15 AM ET
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I currently have about 345 -- I prefer to keep it at about 300 but my husband recently gave me a box of about 50 westerns that he had finished with to post. Whenever ordering a book I always look at the other person's shelf for something else I might enjoy and will usually go through page by page, but when I hit the bookshelves that have 500+ books, then I search for author's or genres. I am always surprised that I don't get more multiple book requests because I do keep a wide variety but I also understand that people find it daunting to look through 6 or 7 pages of books...