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Subject: how long to hold on to a book
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 12:03 AM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2009
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I came upon this site this weekend when I was searching for a certain book. I had just cleaned my basement and was planning to give away several books. I posted them here.How long are we committed to hang on to these books if noone asks for them? If someone we know happens to want the book, can we give it away or are we committed to keeping the book for this site? Thank you.Teri

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 8/11/2005
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Welcome,  I donate my books all the time, i don't like having to many in my home, well my place is a small two bedroom so i offer deal here all the time or donate them.

I have just started collecting books now for my 4 month old granddaughter and and for my 11 yr son.  So after my deal i will take the left over books to the hospital waiting room.

There are your books so you can post them or just give them away or keep them as long as you like.

Last Edited on: 1/2/10 12:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 12:19 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Teri!!

You are under no obligation as to the length of time you must offer a book to PBS members.  One hour or several years.  If you wish to give away, donate, or discard any book you've offered at PBS, just go to your bookshelf and delete. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 1:37 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2007
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Ditto what Denise wrote. There is no length of time that your books must be made available to PBS members, but if you do give away any books you have posted here, you need to remember to delete them from your bookshelf so that they don't get requested from you!

Subject: thank you
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2009
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Thank you, that makes sense. I did not realize that we could delete from our lists. Sending out two books today...hopefully I will be able to use this program a lot!

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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Welcome  and warning PBS is addictive.  I love it.  Its so much fun sharing the books my family has loved and grown out of  with someone else that appreciates them too.  I donate to my campground swap shelves also.   But knowing someone else wants to enjoy a book you have enjoyed is more fun.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 7:11 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It is considered bad PBS Etiquette to post a WL books and then cancel them.  Yes sometimes mistakes happens (I think most of us have damaged a WL book at least once after posting it). But I'm talking more about posting WL books on multiple sites or posting a WL book and then giving it to a friend and cancelling the request here.  That's bad WL mojo there.

But for non-WL books to your shelf-you can delete them whenever you are tired of looking at them.  I have the storage space so I keep them until they move or I have to move.

Last Edited on: 1/4/10 5:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 7:49 AM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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I have the storage to keep my books so I tend to keep them on my shelf for a while. I just received a request for a book that I posted on January 7th, 2009. So, that's been a year. If I had removed it because I got tired of looking at it, I would be out of a credit now.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 5:20 PM ET
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My PBS bookshelf is in a couple of three-tiered rubbermaid bins next to the computer, so as long as there's room in there for more, I just leave them on my shelf. I have some that have been on there for ages, probably a couple years.