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Subject: My place in the FIFO list?
Date Posted: 11/10/2009 12:01 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2009
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I am sure this must have been asked before, so I apologize in advance.  But is there really no way to tell where your books are in the FIFO list?  As someone who doesn't have double-digit credits on hand (yet!), it would be nice to have a general idea if I'll be getting requests on anything within the near future, you know? 

I do know you can add your own book to your own reminder list to see how many copies are in the system.  I just think it's strange that this is the only way to know.  Also strange that we can see where we stand on a Wish List, but not in a FIFO line.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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HI Cindy, you can't tell where you are in the FIFO line.  You can add the books onto your reminder list and get a idea how many are in the system.  However, it doesn't indicate  how often the book is requested or if someone requests directly from someone's bookshelf it will bypass you. 

PBS did say in one of the newsletters that they are looking for a way to provide raw data so you can get an idea if you should keep the book on your shelf or how long the wait may be!

 I have had books with a couple of hundred copies and someone ordered directly from my shelf - so I didn't wait in the FIFO line.

By particpating in the forums you may move your books faster, because members who post do like to request from other members who post ... because you know they are around and books won't time out and will be mailed.  However, I have used FIFO many times. 

I hope this helps!

Last Edited on: 11/10/09 2:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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They said recently that giving an exact place in line isn't all that helpful. But that they are working on a way to show how often the book is getting requested on our bookshelf listings. Sort of like how the WL says "X copies posted last week".  It's say something like "X copies requested last week" with maybe an estimate as to when the last book in line might be ordered. 

The exact place in line isn't all that helpful because some heavily posted books are ordered at a high rate and therefore the line moves really fast.  Other books have only a couple of copies in teh system but are never ordered. 

I've been really lucky with heavily posted books.  I post a lot of WL books and people frequently use the Order More From Member button to add a heavily posted book.  I think they assume if I'm sending them a WL book then they won't have to wait for the other one to time out repeatedly.