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Subject: Putting Bookshelf on Hold?
Date Posted: 7/14/2010 12:59 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2010
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I just joined this site yesterday and i guess I have a lot of good books because I had 11 requests over the last 24 hours. Anyways, I don't want to spend that much money S&H at a time, I'd prefer keeping orders under $15 so Iput my bookshelf on hold until I get out my crrent requests and settle down a bit more in the site. I was wondering however, can I still order books while my bookshelf is on hold, or will I need to take it off hold in order to order new books? Thanks :)

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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You can put books on your Wish List on auto-request, and, as long as you have the credits to cover them, they'll still get ordered automatically.  Your non-auto request WL books will hold your spot in line until your shelf comes off hold.

One tip, you will get no reminder from PBS telling you that your shelf is coming off-hold, so pick a day far enough out for your needs (pick one further than you need, you can always turn it off manually), and mark it on your calendar.  My shelf was on hold for months due to hubby being unemployed, and I got a bit of a shock when I forgot, my shelf came off hold and I had 20 books requested in the middle of the night. wink

I will say, though, that you might wait and see how things pan out.  Often when you join PBS, there is a big initial rush as your unique WL books are requested, then things settle down significantly.  You can also check before posting a book to see how many, if any, members are currently wishing for it by looking for that info on the book's information page (search by ISBN).



Last Edited on: 7/14/10 1:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/14/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Yes, I believe that you can order books with your bookshelf on hold.

Books that are on your Wish List, though, will be "on hold" too, unless you set them to "Auto-Request" in which case, they will be automatically requested as long as you have the credits.

It is very common to have a ton of requests when you first join ... you muse be posting books that other members have ont he Wish List. If you want to check if a book is on someone's Wish List befre you put it on your bookshelf ... there are a couple of ways to do it:
1. you can just search the ISBN, go to the book listing, and up with the information at the top of the listing you will see a line about "Members Wishing" with a number ... that will be how many members are wishing for the book.
2. You can also "post" the book to your "TBR" (To Be Read) list, and books that are wish listed will have a green or red "W" symbol on them. (green indicates the book is on auto request). From your TBR, you can post to your bookshelf when you are ready to mail (if they are wish listed) or when you are ready to put them on your bookshelf.

(Go to My Account --> My Lists --> TBR Pile and then click on "Add a Book TBR" to do this)

And, Welcome to PBS! 

Last Edited on: 7/14/10 1:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/14/2010 1:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I also need to control my postage output so go on hold to prevent shelf orders.  Autorequest your WL books. You can still order books while on hold. 

But like cat says becareful-you might come off hold to find a whole lot of orders.  YOu can individually hold books on your shelf. To find out how many copies of a book are in the system, put them on  your WL.  Individual hold removes a book from FIFO. But if you ahve a book with few copies posted and want to keep it at the end of hte line for a while you can individual hold. 

Also you can put other books you own on your TBR pile.  It'll put a W next to books that are WL.  Then you can decide which books to post when you need credits without getting overwhelmed.