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Subject: PBS BOOK JOURNAL. WHAT'S IT LIKE?
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 11:32 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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I'm thinking about enrolling in "PBS Book Journal"

Can you explain what this means:

                "write entries about any book in our database for others to read or for your own personal use"

 

I would like to know what kind of experiences members have had with it. Why it works for you or why it didn't.

I know there's a trial you can do, but I thought it would be good to hear from you all.


Thanks,

 

Elona

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 9:12 AM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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I subscribe to it, but don't use it enough to answer your questions :-b

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:00 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2007
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I am on my second year of using it and wouldn't have it any other way.  Mine is strictly for me to keep up with the books that I've read.  I do not share it (after each entry, a "Do you want to share" pops up.  Like most lists on pbs, you can resort it in several different orders.  Unless I'm looking up a book that I read to remind myself about it, I like it with the most recent books listed first.

You set up your own questions.  Here are mine that I answer each time (the title and author appear when you enter the ISBN number):  Rating (1-5), setting (time and place), main characters (I pul a brief explanation of each main character); short summary, Did I learn anything from this book, if so, what?, any quotes that I marked or wrote down (since joining pbs I just post it notes under rememberable quotes), would I read this author again.

Pbs has you set up where you got the book, or where it is.

I use this to look back at the end of the month to choose my favorite book (for Hidden Gems and for myself) and for my Book of the Year.  I've also used it when I can't remember something about a book I've read and want to check it out....or if I'm not even sure that I've read a certain book.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Vivian,


This sounds like just the thing for me.

Thank you so much for helping me.

 

Elona

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2007
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Elona,

You're welcome.  I hope that it proves as useful to you as it is for me.

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 6:19 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2007
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I use mine to keep track of unpostable books, books available at the library, ARC's, swap books, etc or books I need to read.  It really helps me keep track of where books are and what I want to do with them.  You can use it to mark when you obtain a book so you know how long you've had it, how long it took you read, what you thought of it, etc.

As Vivian said you can set your own questions to keep track of what you find important.  I've used it for about 2 years and I love it.  I would suggest trying the free trial and see what you think of it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 4:49 PM ET
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Hi,

I'm checking the Book Journal out and have a question.

Can I save my work by exporting to my computer?

It comes with csv extensions. Can I save them to microsoft word or outlook?

 

Thanks,

 

Elona