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Subject: Spinoff From Amy H's Question WL Holds
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 3:49 AM ET
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What advantage is there in puting a future release on WL hold? Does this then allow the member to have over 200 items on their WL as long as some of them are on hold?  If the book is not due for release for many months, why worry about being offered that book and not having any credits? I would worry about that happening after the release and not before.

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 8:09 AM ET
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I wouldn't say there is an advantage per se, but for those who play in the games it makes that particular book "invisible" when someone looks at your WL which can be useful when trying to offer a book in a game (you don't have to sort through 50 books that aren't released yet).

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 8:13 AM ET
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If you put a wishlist item on hold, it still counts as 1 of the 200 on your wishlist. The only way you should be able to have more than 200 on your wishlist is if you ordered a book or books, added new items to your wishlist and hit the 200 mark again, then have a pending request(s) cancelled or book(s) on the way that are either lost or RWAP. Apparently that happens, because some members have well over 200 books on their wishlists.

As far as putting a book that hasn't been released yet on wishlist hold, sometimes books are released earlier than the announced release date, or maybe the member doesn't want to worry about checking back to see if the book has been released. For new authors or authors I consider 'hit or miss', sometimes I want to read the reviews before I request the book.

 

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 9:36 AM ET
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Thanks for asking that question, Jason.  I was wondering that myself.

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 10:38 AM ET
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Also they might be like me-I have a huge TBR.  I like to keep my WL full so I'm moving up on lines.  But I only keep a small part of it unheld.  Simply to cut down on the number of books I have coming into me. So I'll hold my whole WL.  Then I'll periodically resort by position. I'll go and unhold books I'm near the top for and ready to get.  Any that I'm far back on the line for, which I likely am for a yet to be released book-I don't even really look at.  So they just stay held. Until they get released and the line starts moving and I decide-OK I'd like to be offered that soon and unhold it.

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 12:14 PM ET
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I like your system Mary. I may have to try that. My TBR bookcase is stuffed full and I have more stacked on top of my dining room table. I need to get this under control.

 

ETA: Did it. So strange to see my WL with only 12 books on it. lol



Last Edited on: 6/12/11 12:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 1:57 PM ET
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I 'hold' unreleased books on my wishlist for the same reason as Mary S. . . for swap games.  If another player is searching my wishlist for a book to offer, I don't want to waste their time attempting to determine which books are available and which ones have not been released yet.

And yes, all wishlist books count towards the 200 regardless if they are on hold or not.



Last Edited on: 6/12/11 1:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 2:25 PM ET
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Hmm. Well I apparently don't have many onhold right now.  I should fix that. But since I mailed out 7 books on Friday and had 3 orders yesterday-I'll wait a bit. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 7:57 PM ET
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If I have put a soon-to-be released book on my library wishlist also and am close to the front of the queue for both places,  I often will hold it here because..well, why spend a credit if I can get it from the library within approximately the same time frame if it's not a book I'm keeping?

I also wishlist upcoming series releases here, even if I normally listen to the audio version of that series from the library, because occasionally the library doesn't order the audio version of every book in a given series. I often will put the book on hold here until I know the library is ordering the audiobook, and then I delete it from my wishlist.

Or if I'm just plain unsure...I may wishlist a book months ahead of release and put it on hold if I'm one of the first few wishing, just in case I discover I don't like the series or author as well as I thought I did. Better to get on the list early in case I really DO want it, than to end up #200.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 8:13 PM ET
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I also do what Spuddie does.  If I suspect that the library will get a book then I'll put it on my WL here and on hold. So I'm moving up the line incase my library doesn't get the book or the line for it at the library is also super long. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 9:15 PM ET
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Jason,   Maybe it's people planning way ahead of time that don't mind a long wait.  For example, I saw someone post about the Pawn Star TV show in the other topic area so I put the book she was referring to on my WL.  I may never see that book, or it could be years, but at least when it's published and starts being traded I'll be in line. I do not really know how to research prepublished ISBN's, so in my case it's just a whim or an experiment if you will. Good question, though.

 

Date Posted: 6/13/2011 5:38 PM ET
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Like Spuddie & Mary, I sometimes use my wishlist (and hold) as a library reminder...like the upcoming Graywalker installment by Kat Richardson.    I'll read If I can read a library copy, but not so interested I'll actually order my own copy.  Thus, wishlist hold.