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Subject: Question about setting up a non-fiction audiobook swap for new books
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 11:41 AM ET
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Hi, I am new to PBS and find the site useful. Is it possible to set up a non-fiction book or (prefered) audiobook swap where the people swapping swap the material first and then it is available to everyone? The idea is to get the newer audiobooks by buying one, then swapping them between people who contribute one audiobook. Is this possible to do on this site?

The goal is to defer the cost of new audiobooks, now about 30 dollars for a new one, while allowing those who contribute to enjoy the benefit of contributing. I guess the interval would be one month between trades, but that could be worked out.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 11:48 AM ET
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check out the Games forum.  I don't know if there is an audiobook virtual box or a swap for them.  What you want to do would need to be done over in that forum.  Read the red stickied threads about how the forum works and contact one of the Games Moderators with questions.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 12:03 PM ET
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Before you can host a game or a virtual box you have to participate as a player in a certain number of games first. 

There is an Audio Virtual Box that is between rounds right now. It's mostly fiction. 

You can also do a Book Ring with one.  But again you'd have to play in some of the games first.  This is required for a few reasons: to establish yourself as a good gamer (they keep a list of bad gamers) and to familiarize yourself with the way the games/vbs and book rings work.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 1:40 PM ET
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It is possible through the Games Forum where it can be monitored and credit deposits protect the players. But the rest of the site does not allow for it. The concept of PBS is that all books are of equal value and the first person in line for a book gets first chance at it.

Once you are around for a while, you may find a group of buddies you are trading with frequently and can post directly to them and they may post directly to you, but there is no guarantee that you will get the favor recipricated and you can't require it of someone when you post a book.

You can check in the non-fiction forum and see if there are other members interested and maybe one that has been in Games long enough to host it.



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Subject: Non-fiction audiobook ring?
Date Posted: 3/30/2010 2:12 PM ET
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Thanks. What is a book ring? do you  buy a new book and then when your done with it send the book to the next person on a list and when the next person is done with it they send it to the next person after that on the list? So if 3 people started a ring, 3 books would travel, or 6 if 2 books or audiobooks were required to start.

 I am asuming that you tell everyone what your trading so there is no duplication in a book ring.

If someone set-up a non-fiction audiobook ring I would join.

Sounds like fun!



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Date Posted: 3/30/2010 2:28 PM ET
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I've never participated in a book ring but I did look into a couple.  I only noticed one copy being circulated but I suppose if a couple of people had a copy of the book you could circulate more. You'd just have to keep track of who was shipping to who and when so one person dind't end up with both being sent to them.

But basically someone says "Hey I have this highly WL book and I'm willing to share it".  I believe the signs ups are usually first come first serve.  So person 1 puts in a credit and they get the book first.  They have a certain amount of time to read the book after it's been received and they have to use and post DC to mail  it to person #2-who deposits a credit when it's their turn.  Person 1 gets their credit back when person 2 gets the book.

The original owner would eventually get the book back but would get no credits.  The intent is not to be able to get more than 1 credit for the book. The credit is just to compensate the owner if someone flakes out and doesn't mail the book on to the next person.

I believe this is how it works but I could be wrong.

There have also been traveling boxes where people load a box up with some books and mail it to person #2, they take some books out and put some in to replace them and mail it to person 3 etc.., Everyone posts in the thread thebooks they removed and added.



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Subject: Book ring for non-fiction audiobooks
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 3:07 PM ET
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I would like to have someone start a book ring for non-fiction audiobooks. Is anyone interested?

PM me if your interested.



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Date Posted: 4/2/2010 4:25 PM ET
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You'd probably have better luck if the 'someone' were you and you ask who wants to join.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 11:25 AM ET
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I guess you have to have played some of the games to set up a book ring. I am new here and I have not played any of the games.

I just would like to setup a swap of WL books between a few people for nonfiction audiobooks.

If I could start it and it is not a problem, I would.

There has not been any interest so far, so I guess it is a moot point.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 12:12 PM ET
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Dave - you can go into the Games Forum, read the stickies at the top about how the Games work and then contact a Games Moderator about what you'd need to do to get something going. I know for regular swaps of Wish List books you would not be eligible to host the game until you have participated in Games for a certain amount of time.  I have never done book rings so I don't know if the same hosting rules apply.  This type of stuff does have to go through the Games Moderators though, you cannot just go ahead and do it yourself as happyvalley suggested.

You can also check out the active games and see if there is something similar. That might be a place to find people that are interested. Otherwise you will need to use the Wish List feature of the site to get the books you are looking for.  

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 6:04 PM ET
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Great. Will look  into it.

PBS is a great site, I have in the last 30 days have had  1 more book  and 10 more audiobooks sent to me. I figured I saved about 200 dollars using PBS from buying new. That is great! 

Thanks I will look into it more! It would be great to swap new nonfiction titles.

 

 



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