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Subject: Do you know what member means by "traveling books"? I am not familiar with
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:30 PM ET
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Are these requestor conditions?

 

I have no clue, unless they're thinking something like Book Crossing books. 

I decline unclear requestor conditions.

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:53 PM ET
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Bookcrossing was my first thought as  well.

What exactly was the context?

Subject: traveling books
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:53 PM ET
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Yes, that was a requestor condition.  I have a pm in to the member but have not yet received a response.  I just wondered if I had missed out on some new PBS lingo.

 I read that  some member thought her book looked like it had been played football with.... I could relate to that  person.  I have received books that look as though they

have traveled extensively... :)

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:55 PM ET
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I think NewRuth is correct. I bet she doesn't want any Bookcrossing books.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 8:18 PM ET
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The first thing I thought was that maybe she meant Travel books, i.e. Fodors etc.  But I would really have to see it in context.  If the RC is unclear I would just turn it down.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:25 PM ET
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Hey everyone, I got an answer!  The following was the answer from my requestor:

PBS has a series of books with stickers on the covers and inside the cover with a number that you go onto the internet and enter. This tracks the book to see how many people it can go to. Some are up to 150 readers. The books the I am am ordering I want to keep for a library I am building and don't want to have to pass it on. If you had a traveling book you would know it, so I look forward to your book."

So there you go ... we learn something new everyday!

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:47 PM ET
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she really needs to clearly state in her RCs that it's Bookcrossing books she doesn't want. "traveling books" is not a good description

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:58 PM ET
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Yes, and because it has nothing to do with PBS. Her understanding or explanation is off. Bookcrossing is a completely separate site....and you are under no obligation to pass them on.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:42 AM ET
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I think the requestor is talking about PBS. Under the search drop down menu is an item "Most traveled copies." I've never requested these myself, but I wondered how they were tracked. A book marked with stickers and an ID number make sense.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:47 AM ET
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no, most traveled copies from the menu means books that are relisted through the system that have been passed over and over again. there are no stickers and ID with that, i believe you just go through your account to relist it again.

the ID and stickers is Bookcrossing, which is not affliated with PBS at all

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 2:02 PM ET
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What Deborah said.  I'm pretty sure PBS doesn't 'tag' any books, and most traveled books are identified by that footprint symbol as they move from one PBS account to another.  Bookcrossing has labels and tracking numbers, and some of their books are legitimately traded at PBS.  Bookcrossing labels (and markings) vary alot; some are small and others are large and unsightly (thus earning RCs).  But any book members receive from PBS is yours to keep, sell, or trade again.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:06 PM ET
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Even if you get a book crossing book (and not all have stickers everywhere) you are under no obligation to log on to the website or send the book out.

I got one quite some time ago, and as it was the first (and only bookcrossing book) I've ever gotten I did log on, but told them that the book was going no further than my house.  No one has come after me yet.    Pat