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I found the top 50 list of books with the most copies on the system but is there a way to see beyond that? I read 3 to 4 books a week and have limited space to store them. I would prefer to not sit on books for over a year waiting for my book to make it to the top of the list if there are already hundreds of copies of it on the site. This would also be helpful to know when buying books I don't plan to read but want to post for credit. I buy most of my books at a thrift shop by my house, thier full price is usually .99 or 1.99 and they have a sale bin where the books go if they have sat on the shelf for 3 weeks priced at 10 for $1.49. After my last trip I was pleased to find that 6 of the sale bin books I bought were on other peoples wish lists (and in VERY GOOD condition), this was a complete surprise. I would like to be armed with a notion of what would likely be requested from me within a short time of posting it.
HI Colleen, here's what the Help Center says about it:
If you want to know how many copies of a book are currently available in the system you can do a search for that book and put it onto your Reminder List. Move your cursor over the ! next to the book's title on your Reminder List and you will see how many copies are currently available in the system.
If you plan to use this information to guide you in posting books, you should know:
On a personal note, I've had plenty of books on my shelf that had a large number in the system and they were requested either by members who took advantage of my "sales" (ie: 3 for 1 etc) or by Boxers (see Box of Books). The more books you have on your shelf, the more likelyhood of someone requesting them!
One thing to keep in mind is that the number of copies in the system can have very little to do with how fast a book will be ordered. I have posted books with over 300 copies in the system and had them ordered I believe through FIFO in a couple months and have had books on my shelf since I joined that are the only one in the system. It all depends on how popular a book is and, unless it is on the top 50, there is no way to find out how frequently a book is ordered. Next to the star rating for every book, it shows the number of people who have reviewed it. From that you can get a very rough idea of how popular a book is. My personal opinion is just post everything and see what happens. If you have a lot of books you just want to get rid of, you could offer a 2 for 1 deal in the book bazar.
As for buying books to post, there is an option to search the club wishlists under the search tab at the top of the browser. If you use that from time to time, I think you will get a good idea of what kinds of books will move quickly.