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I guess I am not understanding the problem.
You post a book to your reminder list to see if there are how many copies are the system, correct? So you are going to have that book on your RL until you delete it. If you post a book to your TBR it will tell you (via the red or green W) if it is wishlisted. If you post it to your bookshelf it becomes available for order by other members. The books "On Hold" on your bookshelf are books that you have received through the club but have not read or posted for order (these books are placed on your TBR pile if you leave the box checked when receiving the book)
BTW, the only way you can add books to your "Books I've Read List" is to rate them.
If you're trying to find out if a book is wish listed, you can look it up by ISBN to see the number of wishers. I usually start by doing that, and then posting my book from that page. I'm usually not that concerned about how many copies are available, but if I'm curious I'll add it to my reminder list, see the number, and then immediately remove it from my reminder list.
I also don't put my TBR books on my bookshelf on hold. There's a drop-down menu on the received page (where you enter the postage amount, postmark date, etc) that lets you opt-out of that. Then, when I'm done reading a book on my TBR and am ready to post it, I can post it from the TBR list page.
Last Edited on: 6/27/09 11:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
What I have been doing creating a text file with the isbns of a batch of books I'm considering uploading.
[some time back I created a bookmark for my reminder list with the default sort option, which places available books at the top; there is no built-in way to restore that sort order. If you've already lost that, the trick is that the URL needs a "sby=avail" parameter
I also installed the "import book list" bookmark feature, see the "member tools" link on the footer of each page]
I open that file in a browser, then use the "import list" feature to import the books to my reminder list
I sort the reminder list to put most recent posts at the top (i.e. all the ones I just imported). I scan down the list, setting aside all books that have fewer than some number of copies posted (i.e. the ones I feel likely to be requested soon). If there are any showing 0 copies and I'm curious if they are wishlisted, I can just click on the book in the reminder list and the detail page will show me, I can then use the browser back button to return to the reminder list page. I delete all these new entries from my reminder list.
I then enter the isbns for the books I'm going to post into the "post multiple books" page and put the others aside to take to used bookstores or donate to charity.
I then click on my bookmark for the reminder list to return it to sorting available books first.
The only part of the process I don't really care for is having to click a check box for every dang book on the "import list"; this might be useful verification if I'm importing to my bookshelf, but feels like a waste of time going to my reminder list. I've made a feature request for a "select all" button a long time ago, but no joy so far.
I do keep all my incoming books on hold on my bookshelf because there are many ways to sort it and they are all right there separate from WL and RL. It's easy to see which ones are on hold and which aren't. MY RL is only to see how many are available to order and I delete them thereafter unless I'm sure I want to order them immediately. I always put a note on the indicating when I checked on them and how many there were at that time. I can always recognize which books I've already looked at by the note that appears on them as I run across them. Sometimes, I put that I don't want it and why. The rest on my RL are ones that are to be put on my WL as spots open up. I always put a note on them, too, indicating that I'm waiting to add them to the WL and how many were waiting on that day. Sometimes I'm lucky and there will be one immediately available. I use notes extensively. I know they can't be tracked, but they are helpful to me nonetheless. The TBR is just that. Sometimes I will add an ISBN to the TBR so that I can add that forthcoming book to my WL at the appropriate time.
Olivia, are you trying to decide whether or not to post them? When I was posting more books, I would put each ISBN in individually so I could see right away if it was wishlisted. If it was, and I could afford the postage at that time, then I'd post it. If I couldn't afford the postage, I would put the book on my TBR list (I don't use that list for my actual TBR books) so I could check that list for books to post when I had the cash. If a book wasn't wishlisted, I would post it anyway--but you could always put that book on your reminder list if you didn't want to post it, that would tell you how many copies there were. That way you only have to put each book on one list, and when it's time to post it's just one or two clicks. Of course, I don't use the TBR or BIR lists the way they are intended, so I have some leeway in how to use them.
I haven't been posting many books since I've been unemployed for a few months now, so all my "to be posted" books are being set aside until I'm employed again. : (