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Subject: Printing Wish List Books
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 11:56 PM ET
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Would anyone else like to see an easier way to print a list of Wish Listed Books?  It is quite simple to print your own WL and RL but, a major pain to print a list of the Club WL....I often go to Fleamarkets, Antique Stores, Garage Sales etc...and like today when I went out of town I tried to make a list of some of the books so I could specifically look for them but, it was a major pain.  I thought about contacting the PBS team to see if there could be an easier way to print the list but, wanted to make sure someone else would like that besides myself.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 12:19 AM ET
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It's a pain, for us, to print just our WL's.  I don't want all the information because it uses to much ink and paper, so I have to copy and paste into a word document, then delete all the various isbn's and such, info I don't want, and the bookstore doesn't need to help me look up books, to save ink and paper.  So, yes, it would be nice if there was an easier way to print out the WL's here, both personal and club.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 12:47 AM ET
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I'd like to see this, too.  I can't remember anything past the end of my nose -- which comes in handy when I'm reading mysteries (I can never remember WhoDunIt) but it's a PITA when I'm at the UBS or the library's "For Sale" room -- or anywhere else, for that matter, but that's another story. 

 

I'd love to get a few more books into the system that people have been waiting a long time for, but intuition isn't working.  I have ten books so far that I thought people would want, but they're still sitting there -- orphaned and alone.  :-D 

 

 

Subject: Wish List list
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:33 AM ET
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I go to SO MANY second hand stores, yard sales, etc.  If there was an easy way to download the members Wish List I would be very happy to help people find what they are really wanting.  It seems like a "win - win" as it would get more traffic going on the site.

Deborah

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:52 AM ET
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You can access the top 50 wish listed books from the community tab.  According the the help center, the entire wish list would result in a document that is to long to print.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:05 AM ET
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To print your own wish list, use the download feature instead of the print feature. You can open the file in Excel and delete the columns you don't want before printing. Much easier than trying to format the printed doc in Word.

I agree that it's not practical to print out the entire club wish list. You can only get 10,000 search results at a time and even if you printed that many on single spaced pages, 3 columns to a page, it would take 56 pages. And 10,000 is only a fraction of the total club wish list.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:44 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:51 AM ET
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Ok, I'm going to send in this request...I try and print off lists of books that  have been WLed in the last 7 days and have lots of requestors (well at least 2)...but, when I copy and paste it to a document I really don't want pictures and such...I'd like to have Name, Author, ISBN, (MMPB, HB, PB), and # wishing.

May not get anywhere with this request but, it certainly wouldn't hurt to try.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Hmm...if you turn off automatically loading images in your browser does it help?

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 10:37 AM ET
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Cathy A. said: I agree that it's not practical to print out the entire club wish list. You can only get 10,000 search results at a time and even if you printed that many on single spaced pages, 3 columns to a page, it would take 56 pages. And 10,000 is only a fraction of the total club wish list.

This has been asked for periodically, and Robert has responded in the forums that it is not a logical feature to add for the reasons given in Cathy's comments. Printing the Club WL is just astronomical and makes no sense to try, so they have no plans to make it more accessible.

Cindy R. said: I asked about this ages ago, and have been really disapointed that they've chosen not to follow up

It has not been ignored, it has been addressed and answered. We just don't always agree with their answers :)

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:07 AM ET
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Thanks for the tip Cathy A  :>)



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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:27 AM ET
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To print your own wish list, use the download feature instead of the print feature. You can open the file in Excel and delete the columns you don't want before printing. Much easier than trying to format the printed doc in Word.

Yup - that's what I do - now.   I used to paste into Word too - and what a pain that was!  I did discover that sometimes it doesn't load right into Excel.  Ex: my UBS is organized alpha by author - as is my WL.  But when it first loads into Excel it loads alpha by title.  I have to go to the WL and resort by author, then download again to get it right.  I know there's an easier way to do it in Excel, but I didn't want to spend the time looking for it!

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:31 AM ET
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You know, here's the thing.  I have gone to several used book sales since joining PBS for the purpose of finding books for posting.  It has been my (admittedly somewhat limited) experience that the top 10 or even top 20 wishlisted books are nowhere to be found at these sales.  The top 20 books are usually on the bestseller list right now or were quite recently, meaning that many people are not donating them to these book sales.  So, I guess if you went much further down the WL, you could find books at used book sales that are on that list, but that would mean that you are carrying around hundreds of printed pages to these sales. 

So, I guess I am thinking it's just not very practical to have a printable WL.  My guess is that most people would not use it and those who would try to use it wouldn't find it helpful.  I think it is far easier just to have portable internet and look up the books you come across while at the sale.

Just my thoughts.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:50 AM ET
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why couldn't they make the WL downloadable like our personal WL's are?  If you download into excel you can easily delete the columns you don't need and then resort by author or whatever (if you forget to do it before downloading)

I wouldn't think that would be that hard to do with the club WL

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I know this subject has been addressed and resolved, at least to R&R's satisfaction, but still, given the usefulness and desirability of a printable wishlist, you'd think SOME sort of compromise could be worked out.  There is the Top 50s Club WL, for example.  Couldn't a way be found to make at least THAT PART of the club WL easily printable?  With just essential core info, Book Title, Author, ISBN, Binding data, # Wishing printed out?  Surely, that can't be too hard to do.  And would be so VERY useful to those who need/want a list to take with them when out shopping for books.

I certainly could use this without trying to do formatting gymnastics to get the same thing for myself.  Which I keep telling myself I'm going to take the time to do this, but never quite get around to doing.

It would most definitely make for more WL books posted to the system, just using myself as the example, and not even counting the many, many forum posts I've read regarding this issue.  GREAT for WL turnover and more activity for PBS, which has gotta be a good thing...



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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 3:56 PM ET
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I have certain authors that I like to look for...and so I advance search by those and yet, even when I have a list of those WL books, sometimes as few as 3 and then sometimes as many as 50, there still isn't an easy way to print that list.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 5:40 PM ET
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I would like to be able to print the top 50 in different genres.  Being able to take the top 50 WL'ed romances, historical, kids, etc to a sale would be great.  It would be great to be able to export it to Excel/Quattro.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 10:31 PM ET
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This may be a lame thought, but would it help if we started a thread about highly WL authors or titles?  Off the top of my head I know that books by Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, Jodi Picoult and Zane are almost always on the WL.

It might be easier to tuck a handwritten note of popular authors or titles in your wallet than trying to print the club WL.

Just a thought, lame though it might be.

 

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 8:03 AM ET
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Not a lame thought at all Jo!  Actually, I pretty much do the same thing.  I look for the obscure or harder to find authors.  Also, pretty much most paranormal romance books printed 2007 to current will be wishlisted or at least move very fast if not wishlisted. 



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Date Posted: 3/15/2008 9:04 AM ET
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Another thing I've noticed is that any craft book (at least if it's been printed in the last 10 years) tends to either be WL'd or snapped up almost immediately.  The only exception I've found so far were the very general "how to sew" books, but project books especially are gone in a flash.

Denise

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 10:52 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/15/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Personally I do an Advanced Search by specific authors or publishers and would like an easy way to print those off for when I go to places that I might find books.  The way it is right now is a major pain.