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Subject: Requests Gone Down?
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:45 AM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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Has anyone else noticed that the number of requests has gone down since the upgrade?

I know that requests vary over time.  And my bookshelf isn't the same day-to-day.  

What I am noticing is that I used to get A LOT of requests for the odd or unusual books I have / had.  I think that was directly related to the cover of the book showing up on the PBS homepage.  Now that the covers are smaller, the number of requests for these kinds of books are also smaller.

I have quit looking at the covers anymore when they are so tiny (like on the homepage).

I also wonder if the number of requests I get is affected by the delay from me posting a book to the site delay I've seen mentioned here (about 15 minutes).  I used to post most of my books very early in the morning (1-2am) and they would be snapped up before most people have their first cup of coffee.

Thoughts?

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 1:09 AM ET
Member Since: 2/10/2006
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Well, I haven't really noticed a decrease myself. I haven't posted any new books in months and I'm still getting regular requests. In fact, I've been waiting for a lull before posting the next batch and it just hasn't come. I consider myself lucky though. Hopefully things will pick up for you soon! :)

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 2:06 AM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2007
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I've actually been having more requests lately than I ever have before. I think it just comes and goes in waves.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 3:53 AM ET
Member Since: 12/3/2005
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I really haven't noticed any delay or lull in requests.  I've actually had more requests in the last month or so than previously (both wishlisted and non-wishlisted books).  Whle the images are smaller, you can hover your mouse over the image and the book details will come up.  I've actually ordered several based on the neat litte photos on the home page.  Books I wouldn't have known about except for seeing it there.  Posting so early in the day will help your listings be near the top of the page for the "books listed today" so it might be seen by more people.

 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 4:01 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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I got three today so no I havent noticed a decrease. It does go in spurts though. Sometimes I'll go for weeks without an order and then get a bunch all at once when books I posted get to the top of the FIFO.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I haven't noticed a change--it always seems to go in cycles a bit for me. I'll go a few days with no requests and then suddenly will get three within a few hours, things like that. But overall the amount requested has been pretty steady over the past few months. Of course I only have 60-some books on my shelf now, so I do get less requests than when my bookshelf had 150 books on it at a time, but no decline that I've noticed in recent weeks/months.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2006
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Through out the year, there are natural lulls that only seem to affect some bookshelfs.  School breaks, August, school being in or out of session, December.  All these things do cause some people to read more or less.  It really just depends on the type of books on your bookshelf.

All I know is that with the new school year, my reading has decreased some, partially due to stress about all the books I have to read.  I just can't seem to focus.  However, that hasn't changed my ordering, as I typically let my wishlist order for me.  Which isn't helping me much right now, as everyone keeps posting books to my wishlist.  AAAAAA!

I will say that aside from the wishlist books that I post, regular orders from my bookshelf are actually up right now.

Kerry

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 1:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2005
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The number of books swapped per week is going up, actually. Pulse of PBS says Books Mailed in last 7 days: 34,025.  I think that it was 25,000 just a month ago...I haven't been checking it lately.  Seems like it just keeps rising.