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Subject: How quickly do wish lists tend to move?
Date Posted: 3/3/2008 12:46 AM ET
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Hello. I just joined. I immediately posted four books, and three were immediately taken. So I have a few credits on the way. But I have a list of books I want, and none of them are on here. Some have a waiting list of 60 people. Do you tend to ever get books with long waiting lists?

I'm a bit worried that I am giving away all my nice, newish, popular books and won't be able to get the books I want in return. Can anyone tell me what to expect?



Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:01 AM ET
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On average, I usually receive between 3-7 wishlist books a week or every other week.  Several I had been in the triple digits for; however, it is definitely not instant gratification as it can take weeks/months to move up on the WL.  If the book is popular, chances are the WL will move fairly quickly.  There is a new version of the WL that will be implemented soon that will allow you to rank the books on your WL in order to possibly receive them quicker.


Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:10 AM ET
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Thanks. I better hurry up and get credits! I need to find 6 more books to post for my 2 initial free ones, and I already had 3 books taken, so I'll get those shipped out.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:23 AM ET
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Welcome to the club. I have waited years ....months.....but seldom days or even weeks.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:52 AM ET
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How fast a wishlist moves depends entirely on the book.  If it's a new or recent release, the wishlist usually moves pretty quickly.  If it's older or OOP, it can take a very long time.  *Sigh* (Guess which kind I usually wish for?)

Most of us quickly realize that finding books we want isn't a problem; it's finding too many that we want!  I'm sure you'll find a lot of books that you want, and some that you hadn't ever thought of wanting.

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 5:30 AM ET
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Guess what.... it is highly Addictive!!!!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 5:54 AM ET
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I looked at your WL, and with the variety of books you've got on it I expect that some will move fairly quickly and others may take awhile.  But believe me, the WL books DO come in.  Welcome!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 7:31 AM ET
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One thing I noticed is that you have Atlas Shrugged on your list.  Unless you NEED this specific edition of this book, I would check the system to make sure that there isn't a copy in the sytem.  I would also put a couple different editions on my wishlist (because you have plenty of room),

Other than that book, I noticed that you have a couple of books with long wishlists that move quickly.  I'm not familiar with the remainer of your books, so I don't know how fast or slow they will move.


Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:41 AM ET
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Some books do move faster than others.  I have had a book on my list for almost 2 years, and have been second in line for it the whole time.  It's just not a popular book.  I have also been in line for a book and been 300 in line and received the book in a couple of months.

Sometime in the near future, they are going to change how the WL works to help people get their WL books faster, especially those that just joined or maybe have rare or obscure books on their list.  They will let us know all about it before it happens though.

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/3/2008 1:23 PM ET
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Robyn - I agree with all the other posters.  With WL books, you just never know.  I sometimes go weeks without getting a WL book and then they seem to come in groups.  I have books where there were less than 5 wishing for it  that have been on my WL for a very long time.  I had one on my list that I was #101 when I added it and I got it last week, less than 5 months after I added it to my list.  So again I would repeat - it depends on the book.

Welcome to PBS- it truly is addicting.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 1:30 PM ET
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Thanks, everyone. This is encouraging!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I think I have only gotten 1 WL book, the rest I'm still waiting on but am hopeful because with one book I've gone from 120 something to in the 50's.  at least I know I'm getting there!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:00 PM ET
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I just got an offer for a wishlist book that I had been in the 30s when I put it on a few weeks ago--I just finished reading the copy I got and sent it back out. There are, as others have said, books that are more obscure.




Date Posted: 3/3/2008 2:51 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2006
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Since I use the library extensively for books I just want to read and let go, my Wish List is for those books I want to find and keep. Oftentimes they are books others want to keep also, so I've only gotten 1 WL book so far. Since I scour other sources for the books, I never worry about it.