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Subject: isbn's
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:31 AM ET
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I found some books that are wishlisted.  However, when I checked the isbn, there were many copies.  How do you find the correct isbn's.  The wishlist digest is so long and it would take lots of time to looks at the isbn on every book.  How do you find the isbn's that are being requested?

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:46 AM ET
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The easisest way that I have found, is to search by the author's name. In the search results, click on the author's name, it's a hyperlink to all of the books written by that author.

You'll see books in green "books currently available by this author" and links in red "books not currently available by this author."

Then, click on the book you want .

Eg, Sue Monk has several editions of "The Secret Life of Bees."

One edition has 549 copies available, (it's ISBN-13: 9780142001745 - ISBN-10: 0142001740)

But, there are a few editions with no copies available. For example:

There are 5 wishes for: ISBN-13: 9780755330690 - ISBN-10: 0755330692


Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:15 AM ET
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Are you saying that you have the physical book, you look up the isbn and see that there are copies posted here in the system? And you're wanting to find other isbn's of that title that are wishlisted?  You do know that you can not post the book in your hand under any other isbn other than what that book is....Does that make sense?

Yes, what Melissa says is correct - I just got the assumption (I know, I know) that you were looking to post it under a WL'ed isbn....(how to find the correct isbn's is your statement that throws me)

AND NO insult is meant to you in anyway....I see that you're relativily new....(really need spelll-checker on some words...)

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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 2:24 AM ET
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I understand how to find the isbn's of the wishlisted books vs posted books.  What i am asking is how do you go about finding them.  (our library sells paperbacks twice a month 3 for a dollar)   The wishlist is long, lots of pages to print out, so how do people spot them.  I don't want to buy copies of books that pbs already has numerous copies of.  Figure there's got to be an easier way.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 2:52 AM ET
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On the top horizontal bar (on every PBS page) there is a tab titled "Community" hoover over that, and you have a vertical bar of options appear.

Top 50s shows you the top 50 wished books

  1. of all time
  2. of the past 7 days
  3. of the past 30 days

I have asked several times, and currently, there is no way to sort the search results to give you the most wished for books. For example, I wanted to know what the most wished for cook books were, but the search function does not tell me that.

You can do an advanced search (for all wish list books, or you can search for only a certain genre.)  In the bottom of the search options, there is a pull-down box next to the option "recent posts only" and you can choose:

  1. No
  2. Yes-past 7 days
  3. Yes past 24 hours

I hope this helps you!

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 7:51 AM ET
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You kind of have to do some research on PBS and then you get a feel for what's WL and what isn't and goes quickly and what doesn't.  Although I still find books I think will move quickly only to find out they are heavily posted.

There's no way to print out the ISBN for every book that is WL-it would just be too long. 

Here's some tips: avoid the big megaseller authors.  THey tend to only have WL books just before they have a new book coming out.  They sell so many books new that it doesn't take long for 100's of copies to be in the system.  So if I want one of their books I order it here.  Think Stephen King, James Patterson, NOra Roberts, Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham and other mega authors like that.  Once a book of theirs has been out for more than a month or two-it's going to be heavily posted into PBS.  The only WL they usually have is for large print, audio or maybe the occassional out of print older book.  I just avoid buying them just to post unless it's an audio CD.  Those tend to move quickly.

Books that I've found that move quickly: erotica, paranormal romance and paranormal mysteries, cozies, and anything that's by a foreign author that has a smaller printing in the US: Boris Akunin, Alexander McCall SMith to name a couple.  Also I think every Charlaine Harris book is WL right now or at least not posted into the system. A lot of Jodi Piccoult books are WL.  Also I find that recently released chick-lit moves fast liek Jennifer Weiner. 

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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 7:55 AM ET
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Another tip: When I lived in an area where I had a lot of places to score cheap used books-I used to do searches for my favorite genres and authors and make a note of what was WL and just take a list of ISBN#'s with me.  Sometimes I got lucky and found some.  I usually only look for stuff that I will read first so I don't end up with a bunch of books I have no interest in reading and don't move as fast as I think they will.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2009 3:30 PM ET
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Try putting the ones you are interested in on your reminder list.  Then you can download your reminder list  to excel .  The download gives title author and isbn.  It does down load your whole reminder list, so if you are using the list for something else you will have to sort thru that.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:39 PM ET
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I take my laptop to the FOL sale and look them up before I buy them. The building has wifi so I can log on to PBS right there. They already think I'm a little off my rocker when it comes to books (we work the sale and know many of the members :) ) so they don't care. If you have net access on your cell you could us PBS mobile and look up the ISBN.