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Subject: Problem of "bookshelf hold" after receiving a wished for book?
Date Posted: 10/11/2009 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2008
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(first, apologies if this has already been addressed... I did a forum search, but didn't come up with anything)

Gotta love pbs, but one of the things that is getting to me is how when you mark a book as received, and then they lead you to that page where you can leave a comment for the sender, report how much the postage cost, etc., the system asks you if you want to remove the "hold" on this book from your bookshelf...

I find this extremely odd!  It's as if the system expects that you'll quickly want to repost a book, and that's hardly ever the case with me.  Also, even if you do want to post a book to your bookshelf, it's on hold, so... I mean, what's the point?

Why doesn't the system just assume that if you received a book from your wish list, you don't necessarily want to put it "on hold" on your bookshelf?  I find this bizarre.  Usually I have a book on my wish list because I want to keep it.  And if I decide to relist it, it's not big deal to do it again.

Likewise, it's frustrating to go on my wish list and occasionally find that I forgot to click the thing that makes sure the book is NOT on hold on my bookshelf.

Is this feature a vestige from a time when the point of the site was to get a book, read it, and repost it asap?

Like I said, this is a GREAT site, but this one feature seems completely unnecessary to me, and it's geting on my  nerves.

Any feedback?




Date Posted: 10/11/2009 4:19 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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The button is there no matter what book you receive--wishlisted or not. When I receive a book I always put it on my TBR list so that button I leave checked. I don't like the book being on my bookshelf (even though I can opt not to see it). I think it's just a convenience for some folks--they want the books on their bookshelf on hold so they can repost easily and they like everything in only one list. I prefer it not there.


I don't understand what you're asking about the wishlist itself though. Because once you receive a book (or it's even ordered) it comes off your wishlist automatically.

Date Posted: 10/11/2009 5:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2009
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I think there's some confusion about your "received book" page. It's not asking if you want to put the book on hold, it's asking if you want to have it on your bookshelf at all. For example, I often receive mangas that I want to keep for my collection and I will use this option to make sure PBS doesn't relist the book on my bookshelf.

Date Posted: 10/11/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I set my bookshelf to see only posted books.   That way I don't have to bother with changing that button on every book. 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/11/2009 5:23 PM ET
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You can also change your bookshelf to view your on hold books only. Click Select All, then Delete Checked. I do this occasionally, but mostly I just keep my bookshelf set to view posted books only.

Date Posted: 10/11/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I may be wrong but I believe if you put that book on your bookshelf on hold, and eventually swap it, then the "footprint" stays with that book.  People like to see where books have been and where they are going.

If I'm wrong about this - I'm sure someone will correct me.  lol

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/11/2009 9:19 PM ET
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That's true Cozi,  but it's also true if you add the book to your TBR pile only and repost it from there.

Date Posted: 10/11/2009 9:30 PM ET
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The whole point of the site is to swap books so they are going to have features to encourage reposting. That always will be the goal of the site regardless of individual members goals. By putting books on your shelf on Hold, it makes it two clicks to post it, and it also shows on your shelf what books you've received through the system so that it encourages you to put them back into the system. People who get Wish List books to keep can just say no there, but PBS will always encourage them to be relisted because that improves the site.

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 1:12 AM ET
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I rarely bother to uncheck the hold box, unless it's a book I requested to give away or donate. I don't have the book to repost in the future.

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 9:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I always just move the choice thing to YES to remove it, but I do add it to my TBR Pile so when I re-post, I do so from there. It's not a big deal.

As Melanie said, while the book is yours to keep or to trade or to do whatever you want with once you get it, the whole premise for the site is *trading* books, so the powers that be are going to do what they can to encourage people to do just that.

People have books wishlisted for a variety of reasons. I don't necessarily want to keep mine--just to read them and pass them on. That said, it's often months or years after I get a book that I'll read it and repost it, so to me it just makes more sense to do that from my TBR pile....which is huge. LOL