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Subject: Newbie Questions from Ohio
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2009
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Just joined yesterday and have gotten 3 requests for my books.  They'll go out Monday.  My home is smoke free and pet free as I am allergic.

Question:  I have a few thousand books in my house, because I always keep the ones I like and I read a lot.  I like the idea of swapping so that others can enjoy them too!   I don't want to post hundreds of books at one time, so is there some way to tell what books people are looking for?

Question:  I've found most of the books that I was looking for for my daughter's Children's Literature class (she wants to be an author).  Is there some way to note ones I'm looking for that isn't on the site?  Is there value in doing that if people can't tell that I'm looking for them anyway??

Very excited about this program and really neat to be able to join a group of fellow readers!!

Question:  I've seen a few differences on the site regarding the condition of the book.  I buy most of my books new, so they are in nearly new condition.  However, I do have some that have been passed to me in less than nearly new condition.   I wouldn't be offended by a paperback with a creased cover, but I'm uncertain about how others feel.   What is consider as totally unacceptable?

Thanks

Cindy

Ohio

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:09 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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To see what people are looking for, you can always browse the Club Wish List (under Search, Club Wish List).  You can look up specific authors or browse by genre.  I always type the book's ISBN into the search box and add it to my To Be Read list or Reminder List.  The Reminder List will tell you how many copies of that ISBN are in the system.  The TBR list shows a big green or red W next to anything on someone else's Wish List.

To note what you're looking for that isn't posted into the system as available, pull up that specific book's page and then click the "+ Wish List" button and the book will go on your Wish List.

Books do NOT have to be in new or nearly new conditon, they just must meet the book posting guidelines:

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for textbooks --see below)

Dust Jacket:

  • The DUST JACKET (this is not the same as the cover of a book) does not have to be included with a book at all, unless the requestor had this in their Requestor Conditions. 
  • So DUST JACKET condition cannot be considered as part of the condition of a book, unless there were Requestor Conditions on the request specifying that the dust jacket be included.
  • If the Dust Jacket was to be included as specified in the Requestor Conditions on the request, the Dust Jacket must meet the same conditions as defined for the cover, below.

Cover:

  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY

Binding:

  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).
  • No staining

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the other is for textbooks--see above).
    • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
  • Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)

Audiobooks

  • Audiobooks must be originals--not copies! 
    • Copies are illegal.  Swapping illegal materials here will get you expelled from the club.
    • burned audio downloads are not permitted on the site--these could be legal (being the only copies you made), but since there is no way to verify this, they are not permitted.
  • Audiobooks do NOT have to include the box that enclosed the individual cassettes/CDs
    • The audiobooks should be packaged well if the box is missing, to prevent damage by USPS en route
    • Audio CDs must be shipped in CD cases/DVD cases, to protect them from scratching, if the original box is missing
  • Audiobooks must be playable to be swapped here, without more than two (minor) skips.

Interactive books

  • These include popup books and children's books that have interactive functions (LEDs, sounds, etc).
  • The functions must be working (popups not torn, sounds/lights functional etc).

Supplementary/Accompanying Materials:

  • Books that require supplementary Media materials MAY be posted

    • supplementary Media materials include CD(s)/CD-ROMs/DVD(s)/VHS tape(s)
    • if the book originally included supplementary Media materials, the supplementary materials must accompany the book for the book to be postable.
  • Books that require non-Media supplementary materials MAY NOT be posted

    • an example would be a book that requires a decoder or craft materials
    • these items cannot be sent MediaMail
  • Books that originally had accompanying non-Media materials that are not required to read the book (ie, jewelry) MAY be posted.
    • The extra material does not have to be included, and if it is included, the book must not be sent using Media mail rate.

 

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2008
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Question 1 - You can always search the club WL under the search tab at the top of the page.

Question 3 - Here are the guidelines for posting books Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS  unless a requestor has conditions.

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:11 AM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2007
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Welcome to PBS!

Question:  I have a few thousand books in my house, because I always keep the ones I like and I read a lot.  I like the idea of swapping so that others can enjoy them too!   I don't want to post hundreds of books at one time, so is there some way to tell what books people are looking for?

You can go to the search tab and scroll down to club wish list.  That give you the top wished for books in the club.  You can also add your books to your TBR pile.  The ones with a wish list will have a green or red "W" next to them.

Question:  I've found most of the books that I was looking for for my daughter's Children's Literature class (she wants to be an author).  Is there some way to note ones I'm looking for that isn't on the site?  Is there value in doing that if people can't tell that I'm looking for them anyway??

You can add these books to your Reminder List, or Tag them with a unique (to you) tag:  for example use your initials followed by CLC (for children's literature class).

Question:  I've seen a few differences on the site regarding the condition of the book.  I buy most of my books new, so they are in nearly new condition.  However, I do have some that have been passed to me in less than nearly new condition.   I wouldn't be offended by a paperback with a creased cover, but I'm uncertain about how others feel.   What is consider as totally unacceptable? 

As for the book cover as long as it meets the following it should be fine - a creased cover is okay as long as it doesn't have:

 

  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
Subject: Another question
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:31 AM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2009
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I started to post a couple of books last night and notice that they were only listed as paperback and the ones I have are hardback .  Does it matter or should I not post if the hardback option is not listed?

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 12:16 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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You need to list them under the correct binding and ISBN.  Is the ISBN on your HB the same as the one on PBS that has it as a paperback?   If they are the same ISBN then you need to get a PBS generated number to manually list your books so that they won't be confusing members.  You can then tag the Paperback books with your special ISBN so that people looking at the paperback books will see that your version is available.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Another way you can find popular books is by subscribing to the Daily Wish List.  You do that by genre so that you can pick the genre that you most often see when looking at books.  It will have hundreds of books depending on the genre you pick.  My genre is Sci/Fi and fantasy - that ranges from 600 to 1000 per day.   It doesn't take long to go through and after a few days you will begin to see patterns. 

Ruth

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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I started to post a couple of books last night and notice that they were only listed as paperback and the ones I have are hardback .  Does it matter or should I not post if the hardback option is not listed?

How are you looking up the books that you want to list? By just searching the title and/or author? If so, that isn't really the best way since all of the variations seldom show up in the search results. Search the site for your actual ISBN (remove any hyphens and make sure that the search is set to show all books and not just posted ones). More likely than not your hardcovers are already in the system and you can post from there.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 3:01 PM ET
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You can also see which books are highly in demand by looking at the Top 50 Wishlisted book list (Click on Community at the top of any page, then click on Top 50s link, and go to Wished For Books tab.

Different Binding problem:

Unfortunately, some publishers have a habit of reusing ISBNs for several editions of a book. So the binding type for a particular book may be different than listed on PBS. However, there ARE books out there with that ISBN and the binding type listed on PBS, and some of them are involved in transactions here. So PBS cannot change their listing.

In a case like this, your books must be posted as a Book Without an ISBN, even though it does have one. But all posted books on PBS must match four criteria: title, author, ISBN, and binding type. If your book differs from the PBS listing in any of these criteria, the Book Without An ISBN posting is the only way to list it here. It will then receive a unique ISBN generated for your book edition.

Once you have done this, there are two main ways to "advertise" your edition of a book, to let members know about your alternate ISBN.

The first way is to "tag" the WishListed version with a Tag directing them to your book's edition, such as "Alternate paperback ISBN: XXXX"

The other way is to post discussions about your alternate ISBN in the Discussion Forums. Main place to do this is the Book Bazaar forum. There is an ongoing discussion there called Alternate ISBNs of WishListed Books. You could also start an entirely new discussion. Alternatively, you could also post about the alternate ISBN in the pertinent Genre Discussion group. (For instance, in the Mysteries & Thrillers group if your book is a mystery.)

To read more about posting alternate edition books (books without an ISBN feature), please see the Help Center article:
http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=68

(The Help Center, located at the top right of every PBS page, is full of information about the site and can help you learn a lot about PBS. It's a GREAT resource!)



Last Edited on: 6/15/09 3:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 3:46 PM ET
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I think you really need to invest some time in reading the help docs as many of these questions could be answered there.