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Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:05 PM ET
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I have seen in different forums that they each (for the most part) have a thread to post WL books, and often have seen members posting several but wanting them to mail together. This makes total sense to me and think it is a great idea.

My question is, what if you have several wish list books, want to send them in such a way because otherwise can not afford shipping, but (here is my dumb moment......ready for it?) Dont know what genre they should be listed in? lol.

My wife received a couple of books from a friend today that she isn't really interested in reading, but when I checked them on site they are all wishlisted (3 of them). I really just can't afford to send three separate right now.. So how would I place them? Not Book Bizarre, right? I would just post in genre forum if I could, but not knowing where they "fit" is giving me pause.

Thank you for any responses in advance.

 

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:09 PM ET
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John - if you're not sure of the genre (and your wife isn't either), and the book's no help (sometimes the spine of the book will give you a clue - Historical Romance, Contemporary, etc.,), then I would suggest 1) finding the book on the site - going to the book edit option and when you get there, it usually tells you what genre (part way down the page).  HTH.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:12 PM ET
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It would help to know the titles, or author(s) so we could direct you to the right forum.

Knowing the author would be a big help (if you didn't want to post the titles). Then they could be posted, as you stated in your first sentence, in the "is this on your wishlist? thread.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:16 PM ET
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Well, I am not totally sure all three would be of interest to all the same people, but I am hoping that two of them are. :)

Two of them are by Jodi Picoult. The third is called Mistaken Identity, which is evidently based on a true story, so that one is totally different.  I hadn't posted titles because I wasn't sure if it was permitted or not.

I hadn't known about that data section! That is a pretty cool little feature! But one of the Jodi Picoult books came up mystery/thriller/suspense/contemporary romance/general romance and the other came up literature/fiction. I am so confused! lol.

These aren't my wifes general reading area, so she is just as lost as I am here.

Thank you all for the help. I really appreciate it.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:33 PM ET
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The Picoult books could be posted to the "wishlist" thread in Contemporary Fiction, and the other one in True Crime and maybe even Mystery/Thriller forums. You never know WHO has a given book on their wishlist, could be someone in a totally different forum.

I find the data section a bit quirky - I don't think there are enough sub-genres to pick from so the real genre or sub-genre can be attached.

And the data for one of the Picoult books you listed (mystery/thriller/suspense/contemporary romance etc) is a bit weird. I wouldn't categorize her books as contemporary romance; and literature makes me think of "classic'y" kinds of books; fiction would be the one I'd put them under.

I have read a Picoult that touches of mystery in them (I love her books), but I wouldn't attached "mystery/thriller" to them at the data section. I've never seen any of her books in the mystery section of B&N for example.

As long as the books are posted in the proper thread you shouldn't have any trouble. Let us know how you make out, John.

 

 



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Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Thank you very much. Not knowing the author or the books left us stumped as all get out. I had posted a different one earlier too, not knowing. It wasn't wishlisted but lord it got scooped up fast. That was when I said, hey, what other ones ya got for me? lol.

 

Thank you very much, will try them there right now. Thank you much for the help. Have a good night.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Anytime you want to find out what genre a book is considered to be in- just put the ISBN in the search box to go to that book's page.  If you scroll down below the suggested books, etc., you will see a line or several lines in blue with the type of books they are considered to be.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 8:58 AM ET
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Also, I have found that generally the forums aren't overly picky about the genres on these WL threads.  For example, if you had two romances and one mystery, you could put all three on the WL thread on the Love/Romance forum and the Mystery/Thriller forum.  As long as part of what you have belongs to the genre of a forum, you can list the others there along with it. Most people read from multiple genres so there is a good chance that one person will want all three. 

Now, don't go post a list of 30 romance books in the Sports forum! It's all about being reasonable and considerate.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 9:18 AM ET
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I was going to make the same comment as Christa. List them on any board that has a WL thread that is remotely close to what you have.  Many of us are cross readers and many books fit in more than one genre. 

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:37 AM ET
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For the Picoults, I would also suggest, Chick Lit (I think of her as a Chick Lit author) and L&R; as Mary said, many of us are cross-readers, so you never know who will order what :)

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Date Posted: 6/30/2009 2:33 PM ET
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I was going to post that Picoult books might well fit in Chick Lit forum, but someone else already beat me with that suggestion.

Also, Book Bazaar is for all genres, so it can never hurt to post there as well, especially for an author as Wishlisted as Picoult.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Am I being dense here?  Wouldn't be the first time!

If they are wish listed books can we post them in forums and not the regular way? I thought it had to go through the FIFO process if they were a wish list book. Unless of course there is an alternate ISBN issue or something unpostable.  Or am I just misreading the OP? 

 

   

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 6:16 PM ET
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I going to go out on a limb - and say that you are right BUT he wants if possible to mail them all to one person.  I can understand that since the last few books I've mailed have cost the same as a credit and it becomes  a question of if I want to buy wrapping materials or buy a credit.   If he lists the books it will go into FIFO.  If he's asking if anyone wants 3 books for 3 credits???   I don't know.  I haven't done this.  I haven't been on either side of this.  I have offered to a requester who ordered one of a series if they would want me to send them the 2 others in a trilogy so that I could mail them all together.   Postage is getting right up there so it becomes a concern.

Ruth

 



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Date Posted: 6/30/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I would post one of the picoult books, then whomever requests it, ask if they would like the other one as well. They might even have their WL posted so you could check.
I too did not think you could bypass the WL FIFO.  I know you cannot post them on the Book Bazaar. 

 

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 6:37 PM ET
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What xengab says is how it should be done, really.  Usually, the ones you see in the genre forums are WL'd titles that have different ISBN's that are in the system but not getting any requests.  There are various reasons why this happens, but generally, that's the scenario if the book is postable.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 8:42 PM ET
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just wanted to say real quick, Jodi Picoult actually isn't chick lit. she's more women's fictions (which is NOT chick lit)

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 10:33 PM ET
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Usually, the ones you see in the genre forums are WL'd titles that have different ISBN's that are in the system but not getting any requests. - Nah, the paranormal WL thread is all normal WL books. Its a way for people to go around the BB rule (since that is just in the BB forum) to get the books ordered quickly and save on postage by sending multiples. I don't think that site admin necessarily likes those threads, but leave them alone because it is a small portion of the books going through the site and many people wouldn't post so many if they couldn't ship multiples.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:14 PM ET
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Okay, I guess I stand corrected about the WL'd books on the genre threads.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:17 PM ET
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Thank you ladies for all the information and assistance. I wasn't sure how to do these, I have actually run across threads in about five different forums now that offer wl books if they are taken together to save on postage. And they aren't different isbn's on any of the forums, just a way for people (like me I imagine) who really can't afford to ship them out individual and probably wouldn't post as many if they only had to do it by the system. They get really expensive!

I wasn't trying to get anyone in trouble with this question and I sure hope that I didn't. That wasn't my intention, I was just trying to hopefully save shipping and get these all to one person who would enjoy them.

But after reading all these, I opted this time to just post them into the system and let them go individually. But this is going to make it tough and I am not going to be able to ship anymore for a bit. Ouch! lol. That was a whole lot of shipping costs! :)

Thank you everyone for your answers, input, and overall assistance. And thank you more for the help with the genre assistance, I was totally lost and that was my main need, to know what the heck these books even were! :)

Have a nice night everyone. Thank you again.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:19 PM ET
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Picoult is not chick lit.

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:23 PM ET
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My wife thought it was romance, which she curls her lip at generally (no offense to anyone who likes romance, lol, boy I think I am sinking myself here!) that was why she said, I don't want these! :)

The only "romance" she likes involves the undead.. and well...me....Hey.. wait a minute here... !!

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:32 PM ET
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John - I don't think you got anyone in trouble here at all. In fact I am glad you brought this up. I didn't know about posting them in the individual forums so I stand corrected.  This is a great tip for me as I am like you, not wanting to keep spending postage dollars on one heavy book after another.  This is a great way to do it next time I have several in a genre.

I am not a romance reader either but really liked most of the Jodi Picoult books myself, I'm just sayin...

 

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:42 PM ET
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Ohhh I hope I wasn't taken wrong. I didn't mean any insult to romance readers OR Jodi Picoult fans.

I'm sure they are really good books. My wife's tastes, just uh... range into an "odd" place. The more vamps, shifters, horror, creepiness there ism, the more she likes em. lol. That's my girl. :)

I'm a fan of romance! Really! Stephen King! Obsessed! That can fall into romance....right? lol. Kidding.

Way past this old man's bedtime. Going to peek all the forums really quick to see all I am missing and head to bed. Have a good one everyone.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:06 PM ET
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I am a romance reader and I take great offense John!  Just kidding :-))

I have never read a JP book myself but I dont' think they are romance.  It bills some Nicholas Sparks books as romance but they aren't really.  I hang out on the L&R board and we hardly ever talk about these 2authors.  But I know some of the regulars there read them so I would offer them there.  Just as I would offer them in teh Chick-Lit and Mystery boards.  They are general fiction type books that don't really fit into one category as they may some romance but not like an actual romance book, they might have mystery but not like an actual mystery book and you see my point.

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