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Subject: How Do I...??
Date Posted: 9/18/2008 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
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How do I find out how many copies of a certain book are currently being offered on PBS?

I have some books that I would like to post, but if there are 50 of the same book being currently offered it makes no sense to post.

How do I know how many are being offered?


Date Posted: 9/18/2008 1:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Add the book to your reminder list and you can see how many copies are currently in the system.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 1:17 PM ET
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Put it on your reminder list. When you look at your reminder list, it will tell you how many copies are in the system.

Subject: I can understand your rationale, but why wouldn't it make sense to post?
Date Posted: 9/18/2008 2:04 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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Just because there are a large number of copies in the system doesn't negate the purpose in posting.  For one, someone might end up looking at your shelf and decide to order the book from you instead of the front of the FIFO.  Second, you might be underestimating how quickly books can move through the site.  I've placed some rather common books into the system and still seen them eventually work their way to the front of the line and get requested.  I'm sure there are reasons to limit the number of books a member holds on to as their posted bookshelf, but I don't think a book's frequent or common posting should be such a prime discouragement IMO.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:38 PM ET
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Thanks for all the replies...!! 

Very helpful...

Is there any way to tell where your posted copy of a book falls in the pecking order?

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The only way to really tell is to see how many are posted already when you post yours and then keep monitoring it-but that doesn't include books on vacation hold. Also if the number increases or seems to stay the same-that doesn't mean no one is ordering it, just that it's being steadily posted into the system. 

I've found being a boxer helps to get rid of some of those more common books.  Plus the yearly fee of $9 helps support PBS.  If you have a lot of them you could post them and run a deal.  Offer them 2 for 1 or 3 for 1.  The postage doesn't go up that much to add an extra book or two. 

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:35 PM ET
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I can attest to the fact that sending more books is economical.  I usually just send 1 - 3 books at a time.  But I just did a bulk deal of 20 books (all paperbacks).  I was bracing myself for the cost of postage!  It was a grand total of $6.43 !!!  I couldn't believe it.  Amazing!!!  Which I could do that all the time.  But alas I cannot read that fast and my shelf is down to 14 books!   So on to reading more faster!!!