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Subject: how do they do that?
Date Posted: 9/28/2016 9:29 AM ET
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occasionally I post a book to my shelf and the book has no other ones in the system and nobody is wishing for it. so mine becomes the only one in the system. I wonder when that happens frequently somebody requests the book within a few minutes of my posting it. Is this related to the reminder list in some way? It seems like people are waiting for a book but not wishing for it but they know when it appears. I guess this could be a random chance but it has happened to me several times. Are people getting some sort of notice when a book appears?

Date Posted: 9/28/2016 10:59 AM ET
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It's possible that they had a book similar to yours on theie WL and therefore got a "Similar to Wish List" email, causing them to quickly order your book.



Date Posted: 9/28/2016 12:03 PM ET
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Members may also be watching either the Books Posted Today feature or Under the Hood. Both features are great ways to browse for available books

Date Posted: 9/28/2016 2:00 PM ET
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And yes, the Reminder List...I check mine frequently and get many books that way.

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Date Posted: 9/28/2016 2:11 PM ET
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Also some of us have signed up for Daily Digest emails.  Each morning there's an email with a link to my daily digest showing all the books in my preferred genres which were listed in the past day.

Date Posted: 9/28/2016 3:56 PM ET
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Hi Charles, 

Like all the above responses, I think it's well....actually all the above!

I have a Wish List at 500 books, I also have a Reminders List of over 7,000 titles that I would like to have and that there are no current copies of.
If you post a title or ISBN that is on my Reminders List I will see it available as soon as you post it. When I log-in (5, 10, or 20 times every day) the 1st place I go to is my Reminders List - if you posted something and I want it, then I want it ASAP before someone else orders it. I also check my Reminders List as the last thing I do just before I log-out because you never know when someone, somewhere will post a book you really want.

Monday I got a notice (email) from PBS that a book similar to one on my Wish List had just been posted and that if I was interested in it I should i.e. 'take a look' - I did (look) and I did (order it). It was the same book (PB) on my WL but under a different ISBN - that was a good day! 

When I ordered that book I went to the members Bookshelf and found another book that was on my Wish List but under a different ISBN as well - double luck!

When I first joined up with PBS I used to browse the previous days, as well as the current days postings - a lot of the time I was too late to order a particular title as it had already been taken by another member, so I would just add it to my ever growing Reminders List. Sometimes I was lucky and the books (s) just posted was still available. I no longer view or keep track of books just posted as I've got plenty to watch for on my Reminders List. I've ordered over 6,000 books and have become a little more selective on the titles I'm looking for. 

Keep Posting Charles! We all appreciate getting the books we are looking for. 

Danny N (Alameda) - Havelock NC 


Date Posted: 9/29/2016 6:10 PM ET
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That happens to me a lot too. I think Sheryl has it right.

--plus some people have their 500 WL full so use another way to watch for other books they want.