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Subject: same books i have not always showing when i search on pbs for books to swap
Date Posted: 9/9/2013 5:32 AM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2012
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i have had this problem a few times now, when searching i come across books i have or have swapped but they aren't showing up, has anyone else had this problem also?, i've swapped for books a few times only to find i read them but they didn't show in my bookshelf or transaction archive, with having close to 150 books on my shelf &probaly traded about the same amount, i do forget sometimes if system doesn't tell me. is there any settings i can use to fix this so all books with same title show when i search for books?

Date Posted: 9/9/2013 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
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Jeffrey--Unfortunately if you swap a book only the version you swap will show up in your transaction archive and there won't be any indication on the other versions of the book. 

If you rate the book, the system will add the book to your "Boooks I've Read" list, but again it'll only add the exact version you rated.  You could try adding your rating to all the books in the PBS database, then they would all be added to your "Books I've Read" list and when you look at the details for hte book, it'll show that it's on your "BIR" list.  That's a little too cumbersome for me--what I do is keep an Excel spreadsheet of all the books I've read and use that and my TBR list from PBS to determine whether I've already read or own a book that looks interesting.

Date Posted: 9/10/2013 4:39 AM ET
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Laura-   there ought to be a way for pbs to organize the search system for  book titles as well as isbn #'s when you are searching under a specific author, i don't think i've yet to see 2 different books with same title by same author,lets face it having to use excel or anything else just so a member doesn't make a mistake & accidentally wind up with a book they already read,especially given the amount of times a book is rereleased & just like you said the cause is different isbn#'s, they should be able to change it so the system can search for matching titles in your bookshelf so people don't have this kind of hassle,i doubt if i'm the only one this has ever happened to i think pbs is a great club & a good way to get books,best part is only having to pay postage to get a book credit,alot of my friends love it too & have also joined,they love the selection of available books.

Date Posted: 9/10/2013 4:49 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
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Unfortunately, they are dealing with multiple databases with millions of books. Linking books by title would be a prohibitively time consuming (and therefore expensive and endless) task. It's really the responsibility of an individual reader to figure out what books they have already read, not PBS's.

Date Posted: 9/10/2013 9:32 AM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2013
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If you can't figure out something that will work intra-PBS, try this:

I keep a graphical list of books I own, have read, used to own, etc (not for PBS, just because).  If you type a title - author in a search engine like google images you can find just about every book/cover out there. Create a folder on your computer called "books I've read" and one called "books I've swapped" or whatever folder structure you wish to create.  Whenever you read, swap, etc., find and download (right-click) the cover to the appropriate folder. Title the Image as: "title - author".  Whenever you see something you're interested in, but not sure of, do a search on your computer (not net).  When the title and/or author comes up, look at the "path" to see what folder it is in and you'll know what you need to know.

This is a lot easier to me than keeping a written/typed list and is a lot more fun because it is visual. [tip: there are a lot of good free search programs out there for download that are a lot faster than windows/mac native search programs.]


Date Posted: 9/10/2013 10:28 AM ET
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I have a medical condition which affects my memory, so I started a book list here on PBS called Books I've Read.  I actually do mine by year - just because I like to keep track.  Just hover over "my account" above, then "my lists," then "book lists," then click on "my book lists."  Then you can create your own list of books you've read and/or books you have and/or whatever.  Every time I read a book I go to the book detail page, rate the book, and it to my book list.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 9/10/2013 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2009
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Jeffery it's not really the sites job to make sure you don't order the same book twice, though they try to make it easier on us.  Plus some members do order different copies of the same book.  I know I've order hardcovers of books and paperbacks of the same books.

I think though that you are right it has probably happened to everyone of us.

What I do that cuts down on this problem is use fictfact.com for series books, you just need to mark books you've read read and it tells you which book is next in the series for you.  You can also go into the series and see which books in it you've read, they just don't have non-series books which I wish they would add. I also have a book list of almost every book I on my tbr pile. I believe it's called My TBR Pile, and then when I get a new book I put it on that list. That way when I go to look at that book again I know I have it. I can also then search for that book and it says that it's on my TBR Pile, so when the search pops up with 10 books and one of them is on my tbr pile I know not to order it.

You could also use goodreads if you want.  Then when you want to know if you have read a book you would only need to search your shelf read to see if its been read.  However if you can't remember past books that you've read you still might run into the problem until you have a good list of books you have read.

Last Edited on: 9/10/13 7:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/15/2013 5:37 PM ET
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If you are trying to search for a book ON your Bookshelf or one you have read, try logging out of the system and searching without being logged in. Often the system won't return a book that is on yout Bookshelf because it is only returning options you might want to request. If you log out, the system can't see your history and will probably show you that the book is available. I've seen countless members try to confirm their book is showing up in searches, but the system wasn't showing it for them while showing it for others.