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Subject: To post or not to post
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 4:36 PM ET
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Is there a way to see how many of a particular book is already posted? I have more books to post, but don't really want to post something that there is already many of posted. If there are just a few then I would probably post them, but if there are many, I wouldn't bother posting them.

What does everyone here do to check before posting?

Also, if a book has a black marker slash on the bottom, I think it might be called a remainder mark? Are those books ok to post?

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 4:39 PM ET
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Do a search on the book in PBS, then choose the book and add it to your Reminder List.  From your Reminder List you can see how many copies are in the system.

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 4:39 PM ET
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Go to one of the other copies listed in the system and put it on your reminder list.  When you check your reminder list, it will show how many copies of the book are in the system.

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 4:42 PM ET
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Yes, Remainder books can be posted, and I do what others above have said about posting.  if there too many (you have to decide how many are too many), then I don't post and will give to FOL, etc.  Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 5:41 PM ET
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What everyone else wrote, however if you have the time, patience and space to store some highly-posted titles it could work for you.

If a book is ordered and the requester looks through your shelf to see if there are more books they'd like, they could possibly order one of those multi-copy titles. It's happened to me a few times. It's like a "right place, right time" to request the book. I always have some books on my Shelf that have a number of copies in the system.

You just never know. But if you don't have space to keep those extra books then the FOL is a great place to donate them.


Date Posted: 5/7/2012 5:49 PM ET
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Yes, remainder marks are ususally some form of marker on the page edges, and it's fine to post.

I only rarely check to see how many copies of books are posted before I post.

The information of how many copies is posted is only marginally helpful. It is equally important to know how often copies of the book are ordered. If you post a book that has 100 copies already posted, but about 20 are being ordered a month, obviously you will be mailing that book much more quickly than a book with 10 copies posted, but only gets ordered twice a year.

So, knowing how many copies of something is posted isn't really going to tell you anything at all about how long before it might be requested.

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 8:38 PM ET
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Because of what Gail and Sara said-I usually just post books.  Sometimes if my shelf is getting bare, I'll look up some TBR books and see how many copies are posted. Then I might post a few that are heavily before I read them. (do not do this if you are a slow reader or with a lot of books at once-I do it with just a couple at a time and can knock a book out in a day or two. I also never keep any)  I leave them posted until I either have to move or am making a thrift store run with other stuff. Then I might remove some that have been hanging around a long time or that I just posted and have a ton of copies in the system.  Plus ones that have few copies posted but have been sitting on my shelf a long time.

I've found that books released in the last year or two will often move pretty quickly even if there's 100+ posted.  It's the older ones that have tons posted that end to sit a long time because they're easy to find in thrift stores and the main demand to read them is over.  But every time I post a book that's fairly new, it's ordered within a few weeks even when there's  a lot of copies. 

Really it's a personal preference. Lately, the book clutter has been bothering me and I'm more inclined to donate anything with more than 50 copies that I've already read. But I have a lot of credits and limited book storage space. 

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Date Posted: 5/7/2012 10:41 PM ET
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Some of those books with hundreds of copies already posted will often be requested if you run a deal in the book bazaar. Just a thought.

Date Posted: 5/8/2012 9:48 AM ET
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But be aware I have posted lots of books that have100- 200 copies in the system and they have been ordered quickly. so it's not just the number of copies already posted that matters, but the popularity of the book and which one you posted-- PB, HC, MMPB, large print.
Date Posted: 5/8/2012 10:07 AM ET
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The method Mary L describes is one I use also, and it works well for me.

ETA:  Janet, I love your avi!

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Date Posted: 5/8/2012 1:31 PM ET
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Everyone approaches this differently, and I would guess that most PBS users just list what they have regardless of 'status'. Personally, I choose to only list wishlisted books or books with only 1 or 2 copies in the system, because I have limited storage space for items on the way out, and I'd prefer just to donate the rest to the local Friends of the Library. This also helps keep my packaging and mailing fairly contained. I am a constant culler of my book collection, though, and already did the big sweeps a few years ago via another book swap site. For me, it's not about maximizing the amount of points I can collect on PBS; it's about balancing getting points with the amount of time and effort and space it takes. I think it depends on your priorities, your time, and the amount of money you have to spend on postage.


Date Posted: 5/8/2012 4:57 PM ET
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Thanks for all the different perspectives. What I was aiming for I guess, was to list books that may be more likely to move quicker through the system and I know like everyone said, that there is no way to know how fast a book will move regardless if there's only one other copy listed or several dozen. I need to thin out my collection as my book shelves are overflowing and many of them are older paperbacks that I just don't want accumulating any longer.

So that was what I was trying to decide, if I should list or donate. I'm pretty new at this, and there is so much to learn about how this site works, but I have been enjoying it so far! 


Date Posted: 5/8/2012 7:03 PM ET
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Glad you found us, Janet!