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Subject: Can I offer a book to someone who wants it in a different version?
Date Posted: 2/14/2010 1:14 AM ET
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I have a book on my shelf that is simply an older printing of a book someone has on the wish list. I can see the wish when I look at the club wishlist, but it doesn't tell me who is wishing for it.

Is there some way to find out so that I can ask them if they'd want this older version?

It's exactly th same book, just a first printing instead of the newest one.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 1:30 AM ET
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Hi Elliott,

Unfortunately there is not a way to see who is wishing for what book, other than to search out every members' wish list to find it. PBS does send out emails to members who have opted to receive them of books that are "Similar to Wish List". If someone is then interested in ordering that version of it instead of the one on their Wish List, they can go through the link in the email and order the book.

From what it sounds like, your copy of the book and the newest edition do not share the same ISBN, or chances are it would have been ordered by now. Check out some of the discussion forums that pertain to the genre of the book you're talking about and see if they have "similar to wish list" threads. If they do, then you can post about your book in that thread.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 1:39 AM ET
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You could always try advertising the version you have in the Book Bazaar, that person (or somebody else interested in the book) might pick it up.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 3:19 AM ET
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Yes, there's a monthly Book Bazaar thread for alternate editions of wish listed books.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:25 AM ET
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You can also tag the WL version with something like "Also available as ISBN XXX", 

I'd like to point out the the large print and the audio books usually are WLed for longer.   Sometimes only those versions are on the club WL.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 12:31 PM ET
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In addition to large print and audio books, sometimes only the hardcover or trade paperback size can be wishlisted while there are copies of the mass media size paperbacks available.  I know I have at least two trade size paperbacks on my wishlish--that had copies of the mass media size paperbacks in the system.  I just prefer to wait for the trade size.



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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 2:32 PM ET
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Some people also want the brand new edition and are willing to wait instead of ordering an older version.  Probably because they're figure they are more likely to a near-new condition book that way. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 3:01 PM ET
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Sometimes newer editions can be updated in a number of ways that might make them preferable to older editions as well. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 3:40 PM ET
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yeah they'll update some things in the book like changing a cassette player into an IPOD or little things like that.  I personally think it's kind of fun to read a book that was written in the 80's or 90's they're still using typewriters and pay phones.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 3:51 PM ET
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I still use a typewriter!  It's a much more visceral experience than typing on a computer keyboard.  There's something satisfying about each letter slamming into the paper.  Pay phones, not so much...I'm not even sure there is such a thing any more lol.

I meant revised versions, with additional or amended factual information, new introductions, "original manuscript" versions (the director's cut of literature), not to mention the P.S. editions of books that come out with the handful of educational, biographical, analytical appendices.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 6:02 PM ET
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There is no way to tell if your version is linked to the others in the database but, if it is then an email went out to people who had the other versions on their wish lists. Here is the info on this service from the help center.

I hope that this helps explain the process.

  • All members who are Wishing for other ISBN versions of the book (and who have not opted out of getting the alert emails) will be sent an alert email by PBS.
    • The email will be titled "An item similar to your Wished-for book has been Posted.."
    • This email will contain a link that the Wishers can click to request the version you have posted.
  • If no one requests your  book, that means
    • no one currently wishes for this version of the book = the email was sent,  but the members who got it didn't want your version
    • the wishers have chosen to "opt-out" of the similar-item emails altogether (this can be done in the Account Settings) = no email was sent to these wishing members
    • your copy is not the only copy of this alternate ISBN available, and members did respond to the email and ordered the book, but the request(s) went to members who had posted this version earlier than you did, because of FIFO (see How to Wrap a Book for an explanation of FIFO) = the email was sent, and wishing member(s) ordered the book, but did not order your copy
    • the wishers have their accounts on hold and their Wish List items are not triggering email alerts = the email was not sent to these wishing members
    • your book does not happen to be linked in the database to a Wished-for version (not all alternate titles are linked in the database; this depends on the information the publishers provide to the compiler of the database we  use, and books can't be "linked" after the fact) = no email was sent when you posted your version
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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 8:48 PM ET
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you can actually turn that alternate version email off in the account settings. I have it turned off. I WL a lot of audiobooks and the 20 emails a day because of all the print versions available was really annoying. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 10:13 PM ET
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I personally think it's kind of fun to read a book that was written in the 80's or 90's they're still using typewriters and pay phones.

 

I agree Mary!  I've just started reading Robert B. Parker's Spenser series (I'm on the fifth book).  He started writing the series in the 70's and I really am enjoying the descriptions of what everyone is wearing and how they have to do thier jobs (no cell phones, computers, etc.)  I think it's going to be fun reading the books in order through the decades.