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Subject: How Long Do You Wait For A Book?
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 11:15 AM ET
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Just wondering if others have the same problem I do. How long do you wait until you break down, stop waiting, and go buy the darn thing?

I have 137 books on my Wish List. Under Estimate, 132 are listed as N/A - no estimate until available. I have 61 where I'm first in line. Some have been on my list since January of 2008. I really didn't think my tastes were that out of the ordinary! Or is it that I choose books that everyone else wants to keep?

Just wondering!

Karen - who just broke down and bought Kenyon's Entire and the Rose, Book 1 Bright of the Sky

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Date Posted: 7/5/2009 11:49 AM ET
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To date I haven't broken down yet... although I think the day is coming.  I have one book that's been on my wish list for a year and I'm #32 out of 40-something... and it hasn't been posted even once.  On the other hand, I'm not in a huge hurry or anything because my TBR pile is so large I'd never get to reading it if I picked it up right now anyway.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 1:05 PM ET
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Depends on how much I want it. Books that I'm not terribly excited about but want because I've enjoyed the author before I'll probably just keep waiting (unless I find them really cheap somewhere) but books that I am excited about that would immediately go to the top of my TBR pile I'll buy the instant I see them in a store and have a coupon handy, then remove from my wishlist. They're really only on my wishlist on the off-chance that PBS comes through for me first.

Subject: Wait list
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 2:59 PM ET
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 I have 61 where I'm first in line.


Yikes!!  Hope you have enough credits.  Murphy's law almost always leaves me without a credit when my wish comes up.


I use my wish list as a way to keep track of the books I want to read.  I don't have the luxury of fancy book stores to browse new books on the shelves.  So when the opportunity comes to travel to the big city I can print off my wish list and spend money on books.  And to answer your question, I usually have to wait a while before PBS grants my wishes.  No complaints though.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 4:29 AM ET
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it depends a lot on how much i want to read it, what kind of book it is, and whether the WL is moving at all.  there was one i broke down and bought earlier this year with my Christmas amazon money that had been on my WL since Jan 2008 - and i think i'd moved from #18 to #12 in that time.

i'm far more likely to break down and buy a mass market paperback than a hardback or trade paperback on my WL.  (though most of the hardbacks that i intend to be keepers simply never go on the WL in the first place, since i know i'll buy them new.)  oddly enough, after waiting months i'm perhaps more likely to *keep* waiting if i'm getting close to #1.  i'll buy things quickly if they're new, i want to read them right away, i get a coupon, and i'm not near the top of the WL (or the WL isn't moving).

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 11:03 AM ET
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I have some where I'm the only one to WL that book (mainly weird nonfiction though).

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 1:34 PM ET
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I usually only buy hardbacks, so I have to wait quite some time. But if the book is older than 10 years old, if I can find it in "very good" condition on Amazon for under 10, I'll buy it.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:07 PM ET
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Break down frequently. I actually try to use PBS for Fluff books that I don't really want ot spend $6-$10 for. It's always a treat to find an email for a book I've been waiting for, though. :)

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 8:22 PM ET
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Maybe I should whine more often.

I've had 6 books on my WL become available to me since I wrote the first post :-)

< insert mad scientist laugh >

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:58 PM ET
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I was thinking the same thing recently. A couple of weeks ago my sister tell's me shes almost done with her library copy of Deamons are forever, do I want to read it after her. I knew I was about 32nd in line so I was thinking about it. Next day I get the notice that it's now avalable.  Today I was in Strand and snapped up a brand new copy of Jimmy the Hand foe 1/2 price. Score! I would have a hard time paying full price though, but I had a hard time before PaperBook Swap.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 12:54 PM ET
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If I've been wish-listed for a while, and I find the book on Amazon for a penny (plus shipping), I'll buy it. If it's $13, it will stay on my wish list as long as it takes..