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Subject: Order of Swaps
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 8:52 PM ET
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How can I tell how far down on the list my book is before it will come up for trade?  I know we all need to take our turns, but I wondered if there was a way to keep track of this. Thanks, Darcia B

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:09 PM ET
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No, there is no way to keep track of where you are in the line, but you can add a book to your Reminder List to see how many copies are in the system.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Add the book on your reminder list when you post it, then you know how many are in the system at the point.  It won't keep track of it like the WL but it gives you a general idea.  You can periodically check to see how many are left.

I think the FIFO system is one of the things that's going to be updated eventually and there will be more information about how many copies are available and how yours stacks up, but as far as I know, it's not coming any time soon.


Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:11 PM ET
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No there isn't a way to know where your book is in FIFO. The best you can do is look at how many copies are on the system.  Even then when members put their accounts on hold or take them off hold you will rise or fall in the FIFO line.  I know that PBS is working on giving us this information but in a way that would have meaning.  For example I have the only copy of one book, but if that book is never requested I will remain to have that one copy for a long time.  So it doesn't help me. 

Edited:   I checked your bookshelf and you have a nice variety of books.


Last Edited on: 8/17/09 9:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 10:52 PM ET
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They are working on a way not to tell you where you are in line but to put on the listings how often the book is requested and when it was last requested.  Sort of how some of the WL books now say "x WL fulfilled last week, last posted x date" it'll say something like "5 copies requested last week, last requested x/x/xxxx" to give you an idea of how fast the book is moving. 

But # posted and position in line is always that helpful.  Some books have 100's of copies posted but get requested pretty quickly because they are popular books and constantly being requested.  Other books have very few copies posted but hardly ever get requested adn so sit on your shelf for a long time.