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Subject: How to increase bookshelf views
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 10:01 AM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2012
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Hi. I'm new to PBS and want to know how to increase views to my bookshelf so others will request them. If there is a link or somewhere else to go you can just direct me. Thanks!
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 10:24 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS!

Basically, PBS book orders work on a FIFO system (so, earlier copies posted are first in line to be requested). So, most book orders don't normally come from someone viewing a particular bookshelf.

However, some orders definitely do. One of the main ways to get people to look at your bookshelf is actually to offer a deal on books from it, and there is a forum called "Book Bazaar" here where you can offer a deal, and check out other people's deals. I took a peek at your bookself and you may also be interested in the HomeSchooling forum, based on some of the books you are waiting for.

If you go to the Book Bazaar you will get an idea of how it works.

Other than that, if you participate in the forums, people will probably check out your shelf as they get to know you. (And, the signature area of your forum postings makes a good place to advertise your shelf and/or offer deals, as well.


Last Edited on: 7/10/12 10:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 3:33 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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What Sara said.  :)  Also, definitely create a PBS public profile. 

The help center also has a list of ideas to get more requests.  You can see that here

Date Posted: 7/11/2012 12:12 PM ET
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In my experience, children's books are not requested quickly, unless they're the wishlisted sort of book that you have on your bookshelf (recommended by a particular curriculum, for instance). So offering deals is probably a good idea.

On the subject of your wishlist: I've had very spotty success getting my homeschool books from PBS. It helps if you put the books on your wishlist a couple of years in advance (unfortunately I'm not kidding), when you're waiting for Tapestry books as I am guessing you are. More people want these books than are willing to post them, which makes sense since many people keep the books for other kids, or want to recoup costs by selling them. But occasionally I do get the books in time - once, I received a book the very day that I wanted to assign it! Naturally, you're more likely to get the cheaper ones than the more expensive ones that would save us the most money (although if you're willing to go for an earlier edition you can often get expensive things too).

On the other hand, one of my kids just signed up for an online AP English course, and I've ordered every one of her required texts from PBS, including the anthology. So it varies.

I hope PBS works out well for you! It has for me.


Date Posted: 7/11/2012 12:55 PM ET
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I'll be one to admit that I usually order my books when there is a deal (have to maximize my credits).