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Subject: How long will you leave a book on your bookshelf
Date Posted: 1/11/2010 12:51 AM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2008
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I just sent out 2 books that I thought would go immediately when I first joined almost 2 years ago.  I am wondering how long other people will keep books on their bookshelf?  Are there some kinds of books that never seem to go?  I do know that most cookbooks and craft books go very quickly.  Erotica and homeschooling books are usually wish listed.  There are also specific authors that are always in demand.  What have people found that just does not go or takes forever?  What authors are too popular or have too many copies to make it worth listing?   Thanks

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 2:10 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I put my books on the reminder list to see how many copies are listed.  I then use that info to decide which books to donate to the library book sale or the Goodwill rather than here.  But some books move fast.  The big blockbusters don't after the initial gush.  I'll often put a note on the book page about how many copies were listed when I posted it.  That is great for reviewing them later as the date you posted it is noted on your bookshelf. 

And the little yellow note shows up on my reminder list, making it clear which were there because I have vs which I'm thinking of ordering.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 7:23 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I usually will check before listing a book to see how many copies are in the system, but it's more curiosity than anything and will usually go ahead and post them regardless of that number. Since I tend to NOT read much in the way of what I call "airport books" (like John Grishams, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Oprah's picks, etc) it's very rare for me to post a book with more than 50 copies in the system.

The reason I post those with dozens of copies anyway is that sometimes when posting a wishlisted book or even someone ordering a book from my shelf via FIFO, the requestor will look at 'order more from member' and order directly from your shelf--so those sometimes get chosen faster than you would think.

The only time I have removed books from my shelf was when I took off a bunch of hardcovers that had been there for about a year and a half and I was running out of room for my books and finances were tight so wasn't keen on spending extra postage money to send them anyway. (They were some pretty hefty HC!) I donated those to my FOL sale.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 7:40 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I have storage space for the books so I keep them until they get ordered or I have to move.  I also tend to post heavily posted books before I've read them so they start their way up FIFO.  Now I don't recommend loading your TBR onto your shelf and then hopign they don't ge ordered before you read them. I do it with a few at a time and I know I'm a quick reader.  Or sometimes I'll put my shelf on hold if I've got several on there that I haven't read yet.

I avoid buying, even used, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Harlan Coben, John Sandford and all the "biggies" because they are so popular that their books go from WL to heavily posted very, very quickly.  That new release by them that has a 500+ WL now will be the book that ends up with over 1,000 copies in the system before long as it starts showing up in UBS and thrift stores and people get tired of waiting and buy it new or get it from teh library. 

I just concentrated on my favorite genres and have learned which books are likely to be WL and which are likely to be heavily posted. 

If you have  a lot of these books-have you condisered becoming a boxer?  It's $8 a year and helps pay for PBS.  You trade books for books. Yes you are more likely to get another heavily posted book in exchange for yours-but you can exchange it for a book you haven't read yet. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 7:43 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The reason I post those with dozens of copies anyway is that sometimes when posting a wishlisted book or even someone ordering a book from my shelf via FIFO, the requestor will look at 'order more from member' and order directly from your shelf--so those sometimes get chosen faster than you would think.

I've experienced the benefit of this as well. I post a lot of WL books and frequently people add a heavily posted book to the order.  I know it's because they just don't want to wait for it to time out repeatedly before being sent.They order it from someone already sending them a book to save them postage and not deal with timeouts.  I also know that I get a lot of orders from other forum regulars for the same reason-they know it won't time out on them.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:00 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
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I don't pay any attention to how many copies are in the system unless it's to check & see if I'm posting a WL book.  I like to know that in advance.  Things I think I will have forever do move though.  And specials help.  Running specials goes a long way toward clearing out books that have mulitple copies in the system.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 9:56 AM ET
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I keep everything on my bookshelf until it gets ordered.  I've been a member for a year and some of the books on my shelf have been there since day 1 - but they tend to be in a series, and I think if someone wants one book and checks my shelf and finds the rest of the series there, they might be inclined to order more, or at least I hope.  I sometimes PM people if they order a series book just to point out that I have others.  And I just ordered 3 heavily posted books from a member who had a WL book for me because she had all three in the series and was willing to do a deal (and each book has 300 copies in the system, so I can only assume she was psyched to get credits for them).  So you just never know.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 11:00 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I don't have any set system. So far it's been pretty random for me. The one big overhaul to my bookshelf I did last summer. I removed about 30 books to take to the used bookstore. Most were hardcovers that had been there since I became a member. I can't afford to send as many hardcovers now so they were the obvious choice to go. And then there were a few books I read and hated that I just wanted to get rid of. They had been on my bookshelf maybe 6-9 months.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 3:05 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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I am wondering how long other people will keep books on their bookshelf?

I think it just depends, and that there's a wide variety of answers out there.

I go through my books pretty quickly. During the Holidays I usually don't have anything on my book shelf at all because I don't want to go to the P.O. during that time.

And I like to make trips to the UBS for a day out when I get cabin fever. So I may grab a few off my PBS bookshelf or bags full of them and take them for trade in. Anything that's sat for a while I'll usually grab first to stuff in my bag to go, to get trade in value rather than have it sit.

Then there's my kids. They both know where I keep the books for trade, so when they're here they'll hit the box to see if there's anything they want. Books I've got ordered, doing a deal on or pending an order, are someplace else, so they know if they find something they want to read in the general box they can just let me know what they're taking or leave a note so I can remove it from the PBS site. I never know when/if I'm getting those back.

So mine come and go fairly quickly, and my bookshelf numbers can be in the hundreds or none. It just depends one what's going on here and my mood.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 4:34 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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The reason I post those with dozens of copies anyway is that sometimes when posting a wishlisted book or even someone ordering a book from my shelf via FIFO, the requestor will look at 'order more from member' and order directly from your shelf--so those sometimes get chosen faster than you would think.

I know this for a fact. I once posted a book by Anita Shreve, only to discover that there were already 1400+ copies of it already in the system. But before I got around to deleting it, someone ordered a book from my shelf and added the Shreve book to their order. I know, I lucked out. ;-)

I have, on occasion, deleted slow-moving books, but not for some time. I figure if there aren't many copies in the system, that sooner or later, they'll be requested. But I have cut down on the types of books I post. I no longer post small romances, no matter how nice they are and how cheaply I can find them, because they just sit there. I also deleted most of the young teen books last year and sent them to a member who was collecting for a school.   



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