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Subject: How do you keep up with release dates?
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 4:29 PM ET
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There are several books that I intend to buy new when they come out because I just can't wait for my WL, but I'm having trouble keeping up with when they are out.  This was not a problem pre-PBS because my author pool was small enough to remember.  Now, forget it!  LOL.

Does anyone have a good way to keep track of upcoming books so I know when to go buy them?

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Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I don't have a good way of doing it, but for paranormal stuff, the sticky post here has a lot of them.  For certain authors, I check fantasticfiction.com regularly, though they are often behind if a date gets moved.  An author's homepage, or maybe a fan site would probably have better info.  Also, I use my library system quite a bit...it shows which books are on order when a release is close.  All these ways combined are pretty unweildy, but searching all over for new books keeps me off the streets.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:04 PM ET
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i have a wishlist on amazon for books that aren't coming out soon, and the note part has the release date.  then at the beginning of each month, i move the ones that are coming out the following month to my 'real' wishlists - which i have separated by how i intend to get the book (buy new, borrow from library, try to find used).  so right now my 'get' WLs have released books, and those coming out in June and July so i can keep track of things coming up soonish.

i also tag all books on my WL here on PBS with their release date, and delete the tag once the book is off my WL (or sometimes just to clean up my tag list, i'll remove the date tag from the books that have been out for longer than a couple of months that i still don't have).  with those tags i can also use the 'My Tags' to look through upcoming releases that way (which helps me keep my top 10 most wanted in my profile current), and sometimes see how long it takes between a book coming out and it getting posted to me.  i usually try to get the release date from amazon as the one on PBS sometimes is off (especially those ones that have the 1st of the month on them - they're often really coming out the tuesday before the 1st).

none of that really helps keep track of if a book's release date changes, but i will look at the books as they near the date i have listed and so ought to notice then if it's not coming out for a while after all.  and sometimes i'll notice one is out earlier than i expect if my amazon wishlist suddenly has the buy button next to it.  :)

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:33 PM ET
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My library has the coolest widget.  I push a button while looking at a book on Amazon (where I have a wishlist and try to never buy from) and it takes me to the library page for that book.  It is a search by ISBN number.  And I love it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I have never used the Amazon wish list, but I will check it out.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/10/2009 9:49 PM ET
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I try and not buy from Amazon as I dislike their policies.  (Being able to remove bad reviews?  Bad reviews are so much more helpful that gushing ones.  Removing erotica from ranking to make sure the front page has nothing naughty?  Arrgh.) 

But I definitely use their wish lists.  Often print out the page and order them from my brick and mortar store.  (Keep local bookstores open!)

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 3:19 AM ET
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I do things a little differently than the others. First, I assemble a list of authors whose series I follow. I create a table in Microsoft Word (you could use any home office program to create one) and I list the author, title, and date of release in that table. I find the release dates on Amazon.com, which is where I buy the majority of my books when I actually buy books, and then I type those into their space on my Microsoft table. Then I have the list right in front of me when I need it and can plan accordingly for when I'll need to buy the book.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 4:16 AM ET
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I'll second the Amazon wishlist idea.  I've been using this tool for several years.  I have a separate wish list for books not yet published.

I list the pub date on the note section.   After they are published...I move the book to either a "read in 200..." list, or a reminder list for books of interest, or I also have a list of books "my pbs wishlist".

I rarely buy from amazon, but I have about 15 wishlists, all divided into different catagories.  Its a quick easy way to keep track of

1. books I want in the future, to get from pbs or purchase.

2. books I've already  read (I list them by year).  When I read a book, I'll just add it to my 'read in 2009' list.  2009 is my 5th year to keep track of books i've read.  Before that...I had no system.

3. books I'm waiting to read.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 5:11 PM ET
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I use Outlook for email, so I add them to my Task list.  (In Outlook, the features include mail, calendar, task, contact, notes).

It makes stuff like this so easy (book releases, car inspection, time to call for annual checkup, etc.)

If the info comes from an email (like an author's notice), you can drag the email to the TASKS and it will pop up a task creation window with all the text already in it. You can also cut/paste or just type from scratch.  (I like to include information / links.)

The key pieces of information are: Subject, due date, start date.

I usually set a date range as sometimes the books may be released a few days early.

You can also set reminders, so  you'll get an email.

I find this method very simple.


Date Posted: 6/16/2009 6:53 PM ET
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I review, so I tend to check publisher sites and keep a list of fave authors.