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Subject: how many copies in the system?
Date Posted: 12/27/2010 8:12 PM ET
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Aside from putting a book on my reminder list, is there an easier way to find out how many copies of a title are in the system?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 8:23 PM ET
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No. I think they like to keep that number less than obvious otherwise people wouldn't post some of the more heavily posted books.  Which do get ordered, just not as quickly as some of the less availalbe books. In fact I've had only copies of books sit and sit for months and months and have had books with a few hundred copies in the system ordered within a few wks from FIFO. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2010 9:56 PM ET
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Mary is so right. This has been my experience as well. Several of my books are the only book in the system , because they aren't that popular. I tend to read non-fiction sometimes very old books. My son has given me some fantasy books to post and friends have given me romance novels to post to round out my shelf. HaHa..My bookshelf is all over the place.(literally and figuratively)

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Date Posted: 12/29/2010 8:44 AM ET
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I've always been curious about that, too...and I've just discovered the Reminder List trick, which will have to do I guess.  What is FIFO?

Date Posted: 12/29/2010 9:10 AM ET
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FIFO = First In, First Out. It's the governing principle of swapping at PBS, meaning that a copy of a book that it's posted first, will be ordered before other copies of the same book that are posted later.

Subject: Question on how this relates to
Date Posted: 12/30/2010 4:18 PM ET
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 If I understand correctly, I can post a popular book and be #310 in line to have it requested, but if someone orders another book from me and wants that one also, they can use the "order more" function and get both books from me, thus saving me postage.  Is this Right??????  So in this case, my book would escape the "stuck in long FIFO" line syndrome????

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Date Posted: 12/30/2010 4:22 PM ET
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Jeanne - yes you are right.

Date Posted: 12/31/2010 8:21 AM ET
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It's an annoying extra step, but I try checking how many copies are out there before I even post a book.  If there are hundreds available, it's unlikely mine will ever get requested.  Plus, it is impossible to tell where I would stand in the FIFO queue.