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Subject: How many copies??
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 12:25 AM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2008
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I have created a bookshelf and I am curious to see how many copies are posted.  Is there any way to see that?  Kind of like on the wishlist where you can see how many wishes there are and where you are in the cue?

Thanks for your help!


Date Posted: 9/30/2008 12:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2006
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Welcome to PBS !!   Here's from the Help Center;  99% of everything you want/need to know is in there.


How can I tell how many copies of a book are in the system?

If you want to know how many copies of a book are currently available in the system you can do a search for that book and put it onto your Reminder List. Move your cursor over the ! next to the book's title on your Reminder List and you will see how many copies are currently available in the system.

If you plan to use this information to guide you in posting books, you should know:

  • If you Post the book quickly after checking the Reminder List, yours will most likely be the next one in line.

  • However, knowing what 'FIFO number' your book is in the system would not be very helpful in predicting how quickly it will be requested.
    • You would need other information about the dynamics of that particular book on the site.
      For example, if you have an obscure book that is the only copy in the system, it could take months to be requested. If another book you have is #33 in the system, but the book is requested very often, it could be requested in just a few days.

      If you knew only these FIFO numbers, you might misinterpret them and take #33 off your shelf and donate it, while keeping #1 on your shelf, when you really should do the opposite. this information would not be terribly helpful, and could easily be misinterpreted to mean that a low number would 'move quickly' and a higher number would linger on your shelf, which is often not at all the case.
  • We are working on a 'popularity index' which will better indicate how likely a book is to be ordered within a certain timeframe. It is on our long list of ToDos. We hope to have it available to the membership soon!
Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 6:50 AM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2008
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I had discovered the numberson the reminder list.  I just wish it could be with the posting so I could easily see if a book I had was moving up in the rankings or just sitting idle.  I would hate to bog down my Reminder list with every thing I have posted as well!

Thanks again