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Subject: I just signed up - but now I don't see books of interest to me
Date Posted: 11/4/2014 4:25 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2014
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Am I doing something wrong?  I listed ten books I'd be willing to swap.  And immediately people want me to ship three of those books to them.  So, that's good.  Except.....

My intention was to swap out to add to my children's books.  And I see nothing of interest in the first 6 pages of selection.  Then I tried a few age groups of children's books - nothing.  Then, in frustration I just pulled up what was listed today....and again....I see nothing of interest to me.

So, honestly, I'm hesitating.  Why should I pay $6 to send out books if there is nothing on the menu that I want to order in swap?  

Am I missing something?  Thanks in advance.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 4:39 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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There's not many available books I'm interested in so I put books I would like to get on my wishlist.  You can put up to 200 books on your wl.  

Give it a chance, if you mail some books you will earn credits so you can order later.  I think it's a good site and worth giving a fair chance.  

Wecome! Hope you can find something that interests you!

 

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 4:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2011
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Try searching for books that would interest you.  Maybe look up some books on the internet then search for them here.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 5:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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The books you are mailing out were probably Wish List books.  They are each being offered to the member who is first in line for that particular ISBN.  As a new member, add a bunch of books to your Wish List, then wait to move up in the WL lines.  You won't start getting offers right away, but if you are patient, many members find that they are offered books from their WL on a regular basis.

Also, I recommend a little site called http://www.literature-map.com/

You plug in the name of a favorite author, and the site shows you other authors that might interest you.  I found some great books that way.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 5:59 PM ET
Member Since: 12/3/2005
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With almost 5 million books available, scrolling through 6 pages isn't really giving you much in the way of what's here. Your best bet is to search by book title or author. The WL (wishlist) can seem intimidating, but many of them move pretty quickly.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2014
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Good responses and thank you!  I'll follow up on mailing out my swaps as promised and see where it takes me.  

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Try searching for books by authors you have enjoyed in the past.  Good luck and welcome. Pat

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would recommend putting books on your TBR Pile before putting them on your bookshelf. It'll tell you if the books are on someone's wish list and you can hold off posting them until you able to spend some credits.  I only keep about 10 credits on hand and that's with keeping a full WL of 200 books. I just post wish list books as I need credits.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 9:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I will search by genres, limiting it to Posted Books on the Book Browser. I also recommend checking out what deals are offered over in the Children's Forum and the Homeschooling section.

I also like to find an author that I know and look at the Available books only on the author's page.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2014
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I am shipping out five books tomorrow - and used my two free credits for a couple of fantastic childrens books.

I'm getting into the swing of it!  Already put about 10 books on my wish list or reminder lists for when I receive my new credits to spend.  This is addictive!  And fun!  Thank you all for the great suggestions on getting started!  

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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Glad it's working out, Kitty!  I also watch the Amazon new releases list.  When something catches my eye, I put it on my wishlist right away. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 9:24 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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I am shipping out five books tomorrow - and used my two free credits for a couple of fantastic childrens books.

I'm getting into the swing of it! Already put about 10 books on my wish list or reminder lists for when I receive my new credits to spend. This is addictive! And fun! Thank you all for the great suggestions on getting started!

I'm really glad to hear that it's working out for you and that you've decided to stick around.

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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What Sheryl said!  yes

Date Posted: 11/6/2014 6:38 PM ET
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I guarantee you, in 5 years and after you've made several hundred trades, like many of us, you'll laugh about being so hesitant at first.  Great you are reading the forums already.  You'll pick up a lot of good info.  And you're absolutely right, it is addicting!

Date Posted: 11/6/2014 7:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The first person I requested a book from here sent me the wrong book and I thought for sure that I had made a huge mistake.  But I'm glad I sutck it out. 

There's no rule that says you have to post all your books and mail them all out at once.  Post them according to how you spend your credits and you won't feel like you are doing all the giving without getting anything in return.

Subject: Something to interest me
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 7:33 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I look up books at Amazon, get the pertinent info about the book then put them on PBS. I wander through the book section at Target and write books down that look like they would interest me.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 9:36 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2009
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Kitty- what types of children's books are you looking for? Boy/girl- specific age/ reading level ranges? I've got tons of children's books I need to send out at some point, but I haven't listed them yet because I just haven't had the time. (It takes quite a while to post a bookshelf full of children's books!) I also have quite a large shelf already, and it can make searching it even harder if it's filled up with kid's books. If you put some on your WL, I could check for you, or you can feel free to PM me with the types of books you're interested in, and I can check the shelves for you. 

Subject: Dry Spell!
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 7:43 AM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2009
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Hey :) 

Just give it some time! I've been a member for 5 or 6 years now and there's been times when I feel like I'm funding the rest of America's reading habit and getting nothing for myself. But! The good news is that when you do find books you like you'll have a ton of credits. It all evens out. Have you checked out the Book Bazzar (Yea, I spelled that wrong. It's early haha) forum? Lots of members posting 2 or 3 books for 1 credit, etc.  Take care! 

Ashley