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Subject: Related Editions On Your WL
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:31 AM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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Okay, so I have a question. With the new wishlist changes coming, I've been checking over my list and getting rid of some books, so it's not a hassle later on when I have to rate them. My question is this... do I really need to have both hardcover and paperback editions of the same book on my list? I mean, once we have to prioritize our lists, one book will be taking up two spots. Do I make sense?

I checked the Help Docs and found this:

How the Wish List works:

  • Basics:
    • The Wish List works by ISBN:
      • The ISBN you place on your Wish List will trigger a Wish List offer when that ISBN becomes available for you to request.
        • the exact ISBN will be offered to you exclusively for 48 hours; if you don't respond, the book will be made available to the next member on the Wish List, or released into the general database if no one else is Wishing
      • "Linked" ISBNs (other versions/binding types of the same title) will trigger alerts also, when they become available in the club.
        • However, these will NOT be exclusive offers; "similar items" will be offered simultaneously to everyone on the Wish List for any version of that title, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      • Non-ISBN items do not work well with the Wish List:
        • Since each non-ISBN listing refers only to ONE copy of a book, that will be the only book that triggers a WIsh List offer if a non-ISBN item is put on a Wish List
        • Non-ISBN items are not "linked" to any other items in the database, and will not trigger "similar-to-wished-for-item" alert emails.


...but I guess I am still confused. I don't think I have ever received a 'similar items' offer.

Please - anyone - help me out! :) How does 'related editions' notifications work?

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:48 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Really? I get them all the time.  It is FIFO, though, so if you don't get here in time and someone else grabs it, you are out of luck - they don't hold them for you.

So, what I'm wondering is if you don't get notifications in your inbox?

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 2:17 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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oh, but i do! i get notified for everything... maybe i've just never had a 'related edition' come up? how does it work - it goes thru the queue of the isbn, then if no one wants it, it throws it up to everyone with related editions listed? very confusing. =p


but yes, i am supposed to get all notifications. and i do when it's my turn in queue... i was just wondering about related edition ones. and also when the new WL is implemented, will i need to have HC and PB taking up two spots?

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2005
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Megan, you actually do have it right - there are multiple ISBN's of a lot of our wishlist books, plus they may be available in hardback, paperback, audio, etc. 

So the hardback edition may be on your wishlist, but if a paperback edition is posted in to the system and is NOT wishlisted, the site will send you and everyone else with that title wishlisted an email letting you know it's there.   After that, it's first come, first served. 

As far as the new WL goes - no one knows for sure (I think), but presumably if you list two ISBN's, then you'll still take up two slots.  There are lots of people who have one edition of a book listed, but really don't want the other - they may be collecting the hardbacks, etc.  For those people, they wouldn't be happy with just any copy, so wishes will still have to be added by ISBN.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:59 PM ET
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how does it work - it goes thru the queue of the isbn, then if no one wants it, it throws it up to everyone with related editions listed?

No, it doesn't go through the queue of the related edition wishees. If there are ten people wishing for the hardback of book X, and a paperback one comes available, all ten get an email that there is a related one is available. The first one to get to the book gets to order it.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 4:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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On SwapaCD you have to list every version and every version takes up a slot. Which is one of the irritations of the setup.

As for the related editions--if someone has that exact edition on their WL they get it offered to them first.  But if no one has THAT edition on their WL, then it is posted into the library, and the "similar book" mails go out ot everyone who has a different edition on their WL.

If you have every edition of something on your WL you won't ever see the mail--because it'd just hit your WL before the general library.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 6:07 PM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2006
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I posted a question about this when the original announcement about the changes were going around, and Robert responded that yes, if you have multiple versions of the same book on your WL, those books will each have their own ranking slot.  There is no way or plan to change that right now. 

It probably isn't a good idea to remove versions from your WL though, with the plan to try to just scoop them up when you get an email, because you won't get an alternate version email if there is a WL for the alternate version.  You will only get the email if there is no WL for that particular version. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 6:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Whether or not you need both versions on is up to you.  If you don't mind the book being in either paperback or hb then keep them both.  If you really just want one specific version then get rid of the one you don't really want. It's supposed to send an email when a dif version of your WL book is made available-if you have that option turned on in your settings. If they both have a WL line though and you only have one version on your WL, you won't get an email since it'll just get offered to the 1st person for that ISBN's WL.  So it depends on how badly you want the book.  Do you only want HB or PB or do you not really care?  Then you'll just have to decide which edition you'd prefer.  I usually only have one version of a book on my WL.  I don't WL any w/the 5 digit PBS assigned ISBN.  Since it'll most likely get a new number when it's reposted.  I have so many unread books already, that I can wait. Although I get WL offers almost every day.   If there's 3 versions of a book on WL, I usually choose the one with the shortest line or that's most likely to be available.  I know eventually I'll get it.  If it's a book I really can't wait for then I buy it myself and then post it to someone's WL.