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Subject: More Newbie Questions:
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:40 PM ET
Member Since: 6/7/2009
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In cleaning out my car, I found some of my fave audio tapes. One is Lust for Life , a novel - bio of Vincent Van Gogh. I loved it. I entered the ISBN # . It showed the title but nothing about the story. I didn't mention Vincent Van gogh - like nothing. So what do I do? re-post it without an isbn & type in the descriptions so people will know what its about? Or ? I wish there was a place to add comments, reviews, condition after the ISBN info comes up.  Second question. I found all these audio tapes in my car. The tapes are in great condition, some in plastic cases etc. But the cardboard cover around them hmmmm some, I'm ashamed to send out. But I don't want to just throw them out bcs they do have the isbn when someone may want to pass them on & they do have valuable info. But I don't want people open the package & think I sen them junk, which of course they'll find out it isn't when they actually open it. But first impressions & all. hmmmm Suggestions? thx Joy San Diego

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:55 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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Regarding the first question, if your ISBN matches the current listing then you should post yours there. People are less likely to find alternate ISBNs. You have two options to improve the description (and you can do either one without posting the title to your shelf):

(1) You can click on the "Review This Book" link and type in the info about the actual story. It should show up when the next person goes to the listing.

(2) From the book's listing page you can click on "More Options" and then "Edit Book Data." There is a box for the description there. These get submitted for review though, and I don't know how long it might take to have the changes show up if they are approved.

As for the cardboard boxes, they aren't required. They do have to be in some sort of protective case. That's it though. You can certainly send the box along if you have it. I think if people order lots of audio sets then they are already aware that those are very flimsy and get demolished quickly.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 6:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
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Book descriptions should not go in a Review.  Anissa's first bit of advice in section  (1) is incorrect.  Book reviews are reserved for opinions about the book.  Book descriptions are more properly placed by doing a Book Data Edit as Anissa correctly pointed out in section (2) of her post.  It usually takes approximately two days to a week for the submission to go through approvals and appear on the site.  Most changes that add information are approved -- generally, only submissions that add information only about one specific copy of a book are denied (such as:  Book has signature on flyleaf, Book is listed as paperback here but this copy is hardcover, Book is in brand new condition, etc. added to description.)

Anissa is also correct when she says that original box cover is not required, and that some sort of protective case is required.  From the Help Center:


  • 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.

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Subject: Similarity
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:58 AM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2009
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Has anyone ever come across someone else's bookshelf with a similarity of more than 37%?

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 1:20 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 2/3/15 7:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2008
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"Has anyone ever come across someone else's bookshelf with a similarity of more than 37%?"

Over in CMT Ruthy just started a thread about this.  She has some that are over 100% and wonders why.  My answer was that obviously those people are more like her than she is herself.  :)


Subject: My home is enriched as well. Mine don't read yet but we're working on it
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 6/7/2009
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