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Subject: Passport stamps on books
Date Posted: 8/8/2012 6:36 PM ET
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I notice that some books have passport stamps showing that they've travelled among different PBS users. When I mark a book as received, I usually don't add it to a TBR or Hold pile - does this mean that if I post that book later, it won't have the previous passport stamp on it?

Date Posted: 8/8/2012 9:04 PM ET
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IIRC (and I might be wrong), if you post it via ISBN, it loses its passport stamp.  If you post it from your transaction archive, I think it maintains it.

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 4:56 PM ET
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I always post via ISBN and sometimes it keeps the passport stamp and sometimes it doesn't. i've been wondering about this topic myself, because there doesn't seem to be any set reason why it does or does not hold it that I can figure out. I would love to know the answer! :)

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 6:20 PM ET
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I have my books go to my TBR and not to the Bookshelf but the passport stamp goes with the book most of the time and other times doesn't. So I've wondered why this is as well.

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 7:05 PM ET
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From the Help Center:

The Book Passport

introduced 10/8/2007.

The Book Passport allows you to see the swapping history of any book on your Bookshelf, Transaction Archive or TBR Pile. 

  • Just click the   ("footprint") symbol on the listing for the book to see the information.
  • Each time a book is marked received, it counts as a "passport stamp" for the book.
  • The total number of miles a book has traveled appears at the top of the Passport Screen.

In order to apply your stamp to the Passport and keep the "Passport" going:

  • When marking a book received always allow the system to put the book onto your account Bookshelf on hold, or on your TBR Pile - this will happen by default so you don't need to do anything special to make this happen
  • Always repost a received book from your account Bookshelf or TBR Pile. This will preserve the passport and keep it going!  (If you Post "from scratch," the Passport record will be lost.)
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 2:07 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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Of course, if an earlier person posted it wrong (wrong ISBN or whatever), if you just let it repost without checking it carefully, then you run the risk of having to return a credit if the next person objects to it as wrong book since it was listed wrong.

 

Date Posted: 8/14/2012 2:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I see that the help docs say this ...

 

  • Always repost a received book from your account Bookshelf or TBR Pile. This will preserve the passport and keep it going!  (If you Post "from scratch," the Passport record will be lost.)
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but it's not really true, I ALWAYS post by typing in the ISBN, always have, and the passport record is still on the books that I received from other members.

Don't know what that means .... but I think the difference is how you mark them received.  When I receive books, I do let the system put received books on my bookshelf on hold. So, maybe if you post by ISBN but the books are on hold on you bookshelf already you keep the passport.

Date Posted: 8/14/2012 2:26 PM ET
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Also, unless they've fixed it,  if you're a Gold Key member and you post a WL book directly from your bookshelf it won't give you the option of posting to a friend first.  I posted a WL book directly from my shelf a few months ago and it went FIFO even though I had a couple of friends who had the book on their WL.  I contacted PBS about it and they looked into it and discovered that posting directly from your bookshelf ignores the Gold Key feature of posting to a friend.  I believe they were going to work on writing code to fix this, but don't know if it's been implemented yet.

Date Posted: 8/14/2012 4:04 PM ET
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that's definitely not correct, because I ALWAYS post via ISBN, never from transactions and it keeps the passport about 80% of the time. I also never put the books on hold, but I allow all to go to the TBR pile. LOL. We've got a mystery here! :)