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Subject: Looking for Jim Butcher books
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 12:52 PM ET
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These are all on my WL, and I AM NOT looking for any special deals on these.  If you have a batch of them and would like to save on postage, I'll give you a credit for each book.  Either HB or PB is fine.  I need:

 

The Dresden Files

Summer Knight

Death Masks

Blood Rites

White Night

Small Favor

Codex Alera

Furies of Calderon

Academ's Fury

Captain's Fury

****also posted on Book Bazaar****



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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:19 PM ET
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Good luck!  I'm still waiting on Summer Knight myself.  I may have to crack and head over to ebay.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:49 PM ET
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Why not your local library (unless of course you plan on keeping it)  It's one of the few paranormal series I can depend on my library to get.

And a question for the poster...aren't those books heavily wishlisted?  Wouldn't you have t o wait your turn?  How could you get them all at one shot if infact there are others ahead of you?

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 6:45 PM ET
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Marie - people can post directly to your WL and bypass the first come, first served option.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:26 PM ET
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No way...that's not cool!!  I didn't know that...nor do I like it!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 2:47 PM ET
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But if you are constantly posting with folks in the forums and they mention the desire for a WL book that you have - sometimes it is nice to help them out since you "know" them so to speak.

Susan

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:48 PM ET
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No way...that's not cool!!  I didn't know that...nor do I like it!

Marie - it's something that's ok to do on PBS.  If someone wants to move 5-6 books, they'll save quite a bit on postage by mailing them all to one person rather than to 5 or 6 people.  I try to do that myself when I post a series also.   Obviously, no one has to do it, but if they do, they get the same number of credits for roughly $10 less in postage costs.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I personally like that feature but that could be because I get 90% of my wl books that way.  I seem to trade with the same group of people over and over again because we all read the same type of stuff.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 12:15 PM ET
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I never even knew it exisited.  I have conflicted feelings about it and wonder if that isn't why I so rarely get any WL books here.  Is there some special group to trade these books?

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 3:14 PM ET
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Marie - that's definitely not why you don't get your wishlisted books quickly. Posting to wishlists is done but it's NOT by any means the most popular way to get a wishlisted book. Remember that only a very, very small minority of this site post on the forums. 

I have several friends, and my daughter, who never come on the forums and they're trading books left and right with no help from the forum except to post a deal now and again.  They also have wishlisted books come up as regularly as I do - and that's usually governed by how popular the book is and how many are ahead of you.  

I've had people post directly to my wishlist before and it's usually for the exact reason a poster above mentioned: they want to send a series or a portion of a series to one person. Or I've ordered a book from somone and they've PM'd me and said, "hey, I'm in the middle of reading this one too - do you want it and are you willing to wait until I'm done reading it?" 

It's just a perk of this site.  I've never thought one way or another about it because there are so many more thousands of people on the site than are represented in the forums and all of them are posting wishlisted books - not just the handful posting on the forums.

ETA: Marie, I took a look at your wishlist (and found some very good ones I put on my reminder list or wishlist! lol) to see why things could be taking you so long and I figured out why really quick. Most of the 200 books you've wishlisted have well over 100 people wishing for them. Unless it's a book  I don't mind waiting 6 months to a year for I don't even bother - I'll get it from the library or go buy it. They're going to take a very long time to get to you waiting on PBS especially paranormals.   

Hopefully what I've said helps a bit - it's really not an unfair system since it's utilized by so few given most people on this site don't even use the forums.



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:09 PM ET
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Marie, I also just looked at your WL.  There is a LARGE percentage of books on your WL that haven't even been released yet, or have only been released in the last month or 2.  Also, you have alot of the less popular paranormals on your WL.  Not that they aren't as good, but they aren't the main series that are heavily read and posted.  I know that I had alot of the books that are on your WL on mine as well, and after seeing how slow they were moving, I just bought them myself.....

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:10 PM ET
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Yes but if you noticed on my WL I'm often in the 1st 10 of those on the WL and I'm still not getting the books.  WL moves very slowly here and it seems to me if someone is directly posting to someone else it defeats the purpose of a FIFO WL as  PBS promotes being...but there is a way around that for those in the know?!?!?  They certainly don't publicize it....Why not just make this site something similar to bookmooch then??? I just dont' think it's fair. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:37 PM ET
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Marie: I'm sorry you feel that way. It's clearly posted in the rules that posting directly to the wishlists is permissable. That's how I found out. It's nothing to do with anyone "in the know."  I've not even been here a year yet but I knew this before I'd even traded a handful of books because I scoured the guidelines thoroughly. It's as plain as day.

And as I said, but you have not commented on, people in the forums are just a small percentage of who is on this site. No one is being slighted when you consider 90 percent of the people trading on this site haven't made friends on the forums to trade with because they're not even on the forums.

We're just trying to help you.  Some books on wishlists do move slowly. I've been in the top 10 on over half my books for the last several months. Many of the books aren't the most popular ones posted so I understand they're going to take awhile. The percentage of those being posted directly to someone else's wishlist is so minute it wouldn't even hit the bottom portion of a graph if someone calculated it. Honestly, it's nothing to do with how slow you're getting your books.

Edited to add: I don't want to hijack Sharon's thread anymore so I'm done with this. I'm sorry I couldn't allay your fears but what Sharon is doing is in the guidelines and it's perfectly above board.



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 5:58 PM ET
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I've have books on my wl that i've been 1st in line for since I joined.  It just depends on the age of the book, popularity, and the keeper status of the books.  Some books you just aren't going to get on here.  Others you get quickly.  We have similar tastes in books it seems and a lot of wl books in common.  It will happen you just have to be patient.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Marie, I can appreciate your frustration, but there are a lot of inequities that really cannot be addressed on a system like this.  One of the things I think is a bit unfair is that I have posted, conservatively, over 120 wishlisted books into the system (some of which are on your WL BTW).  I have received maybe 25-30 of the books on my WL.   In my perfect world, posting a WL book would entitle me to receive a WL book.  I think that is at least as fair as FIFO, but it would be unrealistic of me to expect that to happen.

And if it makes you feel better, I likely will have to buy several of the Butcher books new, but that's a price I pay for my impatience.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:30 PM ET
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Sharon, on a side note.  I got all of my Jim Butcher books ( which I haven't read yet) from Zooba.com.  All of their books are hardback for 9.95 with no shipping costs.  What's even better is, they have the Dresden Files in book sets of 2-3 books combined into one.  So I got the first (9 I think) in only 4 large hardbacks for 9.95 a peice. 

That makes it 39.80 for all 9 books brand new in hardback.  In a nice collectable set :-)

ETA:  And I think you only need the last 3?  #8 and #9 are in one book.  So you could get them for a total of 9.95 :-)



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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:13 AM ET
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Thanks Angela!  I'll definitely look at that.  The cheapest I could find was $7.19 per book on Overstock, with $2.95 shipping for the whole order.  They didn't have any of the combo books though, so that's a nice savings.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 8:06 AM ET
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thanks for that Zoomba tip!  I'm off to check it out.  The Jim Butcher books are hella popular on this site so I fully expect to have to buy them eventually.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 9:23 AM ET
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I think I got mine originally in omnibus from www.sfbc.com.  I buy most of my hardcover keeper books from there,  Like the Kim Harrison books, they are in 3 omnibus' right now and that way I have them in hardcover and got rid of the pb.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 2:40 PM ET
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Hayley, they have the Harrison omnibus's as well at Zooba.com!

I love that they are only 9.95 with NO shipping!!!!!!  hehe

I sound like a pimp, but someone else told me about this site and I was drooling when I started looking at it!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:30 AM ET
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i'm so going to check them out again.  I know I've looked at zooba before and for some reason didn't get anything.  LOL  No telling what it was though.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 6:44 PM ET
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I mainly read and follow the Paranormal forum posts and swaps so once I start seeing peoples names out there I'll start looking at their WL's and see if I can't help someone out.   Most of the Para-people are in the same situation as I am--following the New Paranormals to Wishlist thread like a fiend and having WL books on my list that won'f come out until October 2008.   Mass market publishers are easier to get .  Red Dress Ink, Ellora's Cave and such are much harder to come by so you just have to big your time.   

 

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:00 AM ET
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ahh...Now I remember why I don't use zooba.  THe handy dandy $9.95 fee every month. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:04 AM ET
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Yes, but you get a book for that every month.....And there's always at least one book a month I want...

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I just put all my read Butcher books in a paranormal WL virtual box. Or I would help you out.

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