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Subject: master list of current books on global wish list
Date Posted: 5/7/2011 6:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/2/2011
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Is there a way to run a report that will show the top 200 or 300 (or another number) of books that are currently being wished for. The number of outstanding wished would be good too.

I frequent a usd book store that has blow out sales occasionally and I'd like to pick up some books that I know will get snatched up as soon as I post them.

There is a top 50 list of the books that have been wished for over a period of time... but that really doesnt give a good view of what currently is desired by the PBS community.

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 6:24 PM ET
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I don't know what you mean by outstanding wished for.  If you do an advanced search and select wish list books you can bring up the top 200 wish list books.  (you'll have to resort it on the main results page to put them in order). 

I don't look for WL books just to post anymore because I don't have the budget for it and have a ton of WL books in my TBR already.  But when I did, I concentrated mostly on genres I know and the current must have mega WL books. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 6:35 PM ET
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I don't look for WL books just to post anymore because I don't have the budget for it and have a ton of WL books in my TBR already. 


Same here.  At first I was trying to buy WL books to swap, but that gets expensive.  Even if I spend only $1.00-1.50 (my Goodwill's prices), by the time you ship it out at the minimum of $2.41 (or more), that's $3.41- 3.91 that you just spent to get one credit.  I can buy credits in book bazaar for less than $2.50.  

If it's a heavy hardback book from Goodwill, that's a cost of $4.32 ($1.50+$2.82) for only one credit.  Those are some expensive credits!

If I want credits, it's just cheaper to buy them than to buy WL books to swap.

Last Edited on: 5/7/11 6:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/7/2011 6:41 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
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I frequent a few Goodwill stores a couple times a week that are in my area.  But now I only buy books that I want to keep for myself.  Or are on my own wishlist.   Because buying a book for me at $1-1.50 is cheaper than me buying a credit in the low $2 range on book bazaar.

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 7:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2008
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If you want you can see the top 50 current WLd books, click Community from the gray bar at the top > click Top 50s > Wished For Books.

To get the top 200s:

At the top of the screen put your pointer over 'Search' at the top of the screen, near the PBS logo in the gray menu bar. From the dropdown, select 'Advanced Search'.

Under the very bottom, under 'Narrow your results', put in the following information:

- Recent Posts Only - NO
- Search Type - Wish List Books
- Results Per Page - Select what you want displayed
- Sort By - Relevance
- Click 'Perform Search'

At the next screen, this will list all of the wish listed books. To get them in order from highest to lowest number of wishers, there is a box that is on the left, it looks like another typed of advanced search. Under 'Sort By' select '# of wishers', 'Descending' and the click 'Update Results'.

All of the wish listed books from highest to lowest # of wishers will be listed.

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2009
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If you want to shop childrens books, they are 35 cents at our Goodwill.  They can be cheaper to mail also.  I am on PBS to get kids books, so it was convenient for me, but it could be a good option to get some cheap credits.  I do a search on childrens wish list books to get an idea what to look for.

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 11:36 AM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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I check out my local thrift stores/library sales, etc. to get WL books, but I usually send them out using the WL multiples thread.  That way the credits are about comparable, if not cheaper, than sending a regular book. 

I also do a lot of children's books as well, which in a lot of cases are much lighter as well and can go first class. 

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 9:27 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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My library has lots of WL books and paperbacks are only 50 cents so that's worth it to me to get some credits when I get low. trade size are $1 and HC are $2 so i'll usually only pick those up if I plan to read first.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 7:09 AM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2010
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If you have an Android phone you can also download the PBS app. Then you can scan the ISBN of a book and find out how many people are wishing for it. I use mine all the time! I don't know if there is also an app for the I-phone.