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Subject: Multiple Versions and Wish List Auto-Request
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 2:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/29/2007
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Sometimes a book has multiple versions.  For example, there are over 10 versions of Atlas Shrugged.

Now, if I want one of these, and none are posted, I'll put them all on my wish list.  If my account is on vacation hold, I'd like to set them to auto-request.  But of course, if more than one becomes available while I'm on vacation, I'll get too many.

Any good solution to this?

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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No but it's probably a long shot that more than one would be offered at the same time.  I guess it's just a risk you'll have to take. It doesn't automatically remove other versions from your WL when one has been offered.  If they did and then the book went lost or was bad, then you'd have to be reinstated on all of them. Also if it has a 5digit PBS assigned ISBN-it most likely won't be reposted.  Those #'s are really only supposed to be used once.  So I wouldn't bother putting any 5digit ISBN's on my WL.

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 3:29 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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This happened to me with 2 versions of the same book. I reposted the paperback and kept the hardcover since the paperback was less $ to remail. Since there werent any copies in the system, the book was ordered from me very quickly. Since I really wanted this book, seemed worth the postage cost to mail the second copy.

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 4:06 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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What I do is put the book that's furthest up in the WL line on autorequest, and keep the other versions on non-autorequest.  I check my WL every so often to make sure one book isn't moving faster than the others.  I've never run into any problems with this system.  Maybe one time I've been offered a non-autorequest book that just happened to move a bit faster than the autorequest version but usually I'm right about which one to autorequest.