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Subject: How long to work through a wish list on a book?
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:06 PM ET
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Has anybody been on the far end of a 200 person wish list and received a copy within six months? What is the longest list you've been on and how long did it take to get your book? I understand that popular books have the longest lists but I would assume that those lists would move fairly quickly? I'd be happy to hear any "long list/short wait" stories that you have!
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:15 PM ET
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i haven't been here particularly long, but i have a book i put on my w-list about 2 weeks ago.  i was like 414th in line.  now i'm 360 something in line.  some of them definately move fast!


Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:16 PM ET
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wondering too. there are several books on my list that i would rather just go buy. i was hoping to get more of the books i wanted...i dont mind send them out....but i really need to stop ordering books that arent on my WL.:)

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:23 PM ET
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It really depends on the book.  If it's really popular, then it's more likely to move quicker.  Paperbacks also move quicker.  Keep an eye on it for a few weeks, check on your position in the line from time to time, and you can get a general idea of how fast the line is moving.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Yup, I was like 400 something for a book and got it about 3 months later.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:17 PM ET
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I joined in October 2007 and was on a wishlist of 50+ and I got the book this month.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 11:08 PM ET
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Best sellers move fast.    People read them and post them quickly.  Other wish list books like cook books move much slower, because people have a tendancy to keep those.  They DO get posted, just not as often or as quick as the best sellers.  

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Date Posted: 1/8/2008 12:11 AM ET
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I think a lot of the non-fiction books I have wishlisted like arts & crafts/Knitting/photography/ etc are the kinds of books that people really hold onto. Therefore the majority of my wishlisted books dont come available to often. Im next in line for like 20 books- but I dont see them coming up in the system anytime soon. One can hope & keep her fingers (and toes) crossed though! rofl :-)


patticom - ,
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 2:30 AM ET
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I've only been on a month so I can't say for the long long long lists, but I have had a couple of shorter ones move faster than I expected.  :)  And some I did just go out and buy.  I suspect there will be a flood of new books into the system in the spring/early summer too... (spring cleaning, big moving season for military and others who try to move between school years, end of the homeschool year, etc.)


Date Posted: 1/9/2008 3:59 PM ET
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I have been number one on several Wish List books for several months, but so far nothing has happened.  Why is this?   I became so frustrated that I deleted them off my list.     I presume people are just hanging on to them,but in the case of the book MARLEY AND ME, there were several different versions.

I would still like to know how it happens that I am on the Wishlist for a certain book for months, as number one, but never receive it.  Then I request it again, and am immediately accepted for this book !!

Would appreciate any input as to how this can happen.   Thanks.



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Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 5:23 PM ET
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I have only a few books that I've been on long waiting list.  One hardcover book that I requested in August, I was the 488th person to request.  To date, I am now 94 on that wait list.

I had one paperback book that I came up as first person in line for Wish List in June on a weekend I didn't log on, and the request timed out, cancelling from my WL.  I put it back on WL, but to this day I am still 5 of 7 on that book.  I am still bummed out about this...