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Subject: Question About When Books Get Requested
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 1:53 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to PBS, and its a great concept, I love the site.  My question is, I have been on the site about a month, and have only received one request to send a book.  How is the request calculated?  Lets say I post a book, and there are already 99 copies available on PBS.  My book would now make 100 copies available.  Would the first 99 books need to be requested prior to me sending my book out?  Thanks in advance!

Chris

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 2:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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PBS works on the FIFO system.  First in first out.  However, if someone is browsing your bookshelf, they can order it directly from you, bypassing the FIFO system. 

If you are interested in moving your books faster, not that you asked that question specifically, but if you post deals in the book bazaar, like 2 for 1, or perhaps you have a WL book with a different isbn, or some unpostables free with an order, and etc, you will find that you'll move more books that way.  If you're curious, just poke around the book bazaar and see what others are doing.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 2:39 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Also, if you are curious about how many copies of your book are in the system, add that book to your reminder list.  To do this, go to your shelf, click on the book, and to the right will be a button that says "+reminder."  Click on that.  Now, go to your lists tab and click on "reminder" and the list of books on your reminder list will come up and show you how many copies are in the system at present.  That way you sorta know where you are in line, if you just added the book.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 3:01 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies, its what I figured....is there anyway to see how far along in the queue you are with a posted book?

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:08 PM ET
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I don't think so Christopher.  If you wanted to keep track yourself you could note how many books there were in the system when you posted it, then check on it periodically. 

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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 5:12 PM ET
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If you do what Lisa suggested and put the books on your reminder list then you will know how many are in the system.  While you can't be totally sure where you are in line, if you put it on your reminder list immediately after adding it to your bookshelf and note how many there are in the system, you can pretty much figure you are the last one or nearly the last one to post it - as long as you don't delay between posting it and checking the number.  So, say there's 100 in the system, you can "guess" that you are number 100.  Then you go back in a week and see that there are 90 of them, well the list has moved up by 10.  It's sort of a long process, but it's doable, as a way to have a bit of an idea of what's going on with each book. 

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 7:12 PM ET
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So, say there's 100 in the system, you can "guess" that you are number 100.  Then you go back in a week and see that there are 90 of them, well the list has moved up by 10.  It's sort of a long process, but it's doable, as a way to have a bit of an idea of what's going on with each book.

That only works assuming that no one else is posting new ones in the interim.  There may be 90 books there, but yours could have moved up to 80.  There could also be 110 books when you check, and yours is number??

The only point that you have a reasonable guess as to your place in line is when you post it and immediately check the reiminder list.

 

 



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