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Subject: I tagged all my books! Check my bookshelf. Why don't you do the same?
Date Posted: 11/20/2007 8:46 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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I just tagged all my books, and many are in either perfect giftable, excellent, or very good, read once, condition. Once is even signed.

Please check  them out, and consider doing the same with your bookshelf. It would make it much easier for all  of us, especially if the condition is important for gift-giving.

I  stand corrected. Thanks!

Last Edited on: 11/21/07 5:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/20/2007 9:41 PM ET
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But now aren't your tags going to show on every copy in the system of that same book?  So if you tag something as Giftable, and someone sees that same book on another bookshelf, won't it also say Giftable?

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 9:12 AM ET
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you can not see your tags when I look at your shelf. tags are just for personal use, although they might be listed if I were to search for a certain book, but even then only the most common tags will be seen for any certain book, ie; science fiction, time travel

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 10:00 AM ET
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Yes, Jeanne is right.  You will be able to see the tags on other copies of the same book

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 10:30 AM ET
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Tags are not just for personal use.  But yes, the tags will follow ALL copies of the ISBN through the system, so tagging them "Giftable condition" and "Signed" really does no good, because I may be looking at and order a copy that you did not post, and then it is neither of those things.

Last Edited on: 11/21/07 10:32 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 10:33 AM ET
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Oh. I'm sorry, I'm new. I will remove them.

But I'm confused. Michele, you say that you cannot see my tags. And if that's the case, it could  benefit me to be able to find out easily the condition if another member asks, without actually physically going to my books.

But, Jessie, you say that you see the tags on other copies of the same book. How can that be for my "personal use" then?

Sorry I'm so confused. Let me know what I should do, and I'll do it.

I do wish though there was an easy efficient way to find out the condition of a book I might  like to order without too many PM's, but I guess there's not. I know that I can put a request on my wish lists, but that's still too time consuming, because there are so many books that I wonder about. Maybe it's me....;)

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:06 AM ET
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I checked PBS about Tags, and copied below. I think I understand it, but it still  is a little  confusing regarding who sees what tags and when. I put in bold what seems confusing to me.

So maybe for now, I will leave my tags, and I don't think  others will see them unless they are the "top 15" tags. Even so, I would  think a member would PM the seller if they really wanted to confirm a condtion, if important to them, no?

Book Tags allow you to mark books any way you like. 

  • You can tag a book as "great" or "why would anyone read this?"
  • You can apply any number of tags to the same book.
  • You can view all the items in the database bearing a particular tag by clicking on the hyperlinked tag wherever it appears on a book listing.
  • Others can see your tags.
  • When you view a book you will see ALL of the tags you have applied to it, as well as the most commonly-applied tags for the whole club.  Less-commonly applied tags will not necessarily show, especially if a book has had many different tags applied to it.

Why do I want to use them?

  • You can tag books for yourself if you like: "ordered for aunt martha" or "I hated this author"
  • You will see the tag when you view the book on your Bookshelf, in the database etc.
  • We will soon have a way to view tags on the site so that you can use them as another way to "search" for books you might be interested in reading.

Will others be able to see my tags?

  • Maybe.  Others will see your tag on a book listing if it is one of the top-15 tags applied to the book or if they have also applied that tag to the book; otherwise others will not see your tag.
  • You will always see your tags in the tag list on a book, even if you are the only one who has tagged the book that way.

Last Edited on: 11/21/07 11:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:41 AM ET
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Rose - you can tag books anyway you like!  They are for personal use BUT others can see them.  That's all :)  didn't mean to confuse you.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 12:08 PM ET
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Rose - you just need to be aware that whatever you tag your books, the tag will be seen on every copy of that book in the system (or put in in the future).  So you shouldn't use tags relating to conditions. 

No one sees tags when viewing a bookshelf, but if you click on a book to see the details, the tags show up.  Also in some list views they're visible. 

Eventually, only the top 15 tags will show on each book.  But tags are fairly new, and very few books will have 15 tags, so on mist books, every tag is showing up.

As for a way for you to know conidtions without getting the actual books, one thing you could do is come up with a code for your personal use.  Maybe 1 means it's brand new, 2 means almost-new, etc.  Then you could just enter your code, so that you can tell what it is, but it won't mean anything to the rest of it.  This will eliminate the problem that Layne mentioned, of ordering someone else's copy of that book thinking it's brand new.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 1:01 PM ET
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I might be able to simplify this a little for you.

If I click on your shelf I see your books and only your books. ON your shelf I see no tags. BUT as soon as I click on the book to get a description of the book I moved OFF your shelf (many don't realize that) into the PBS system as a whole and then the tags show up - everyone's tags. To get back on YOUR shelf I would either need to hit the back button or by some other means. Then I would see the name of the person's shelf again at the top.

As someone else said, tags are new. I personally haven't seen the purpose of them yet but I usually know what I'm looking for. I think if I ever wanted to know generic information about a book, such as the genre, characters etc., then it would be helpful.

You really do need to take the book condition tags off and maybe do as another poster suggested and use numbers or some sort of code for yourself.

While you can't list a books condition, one way to show off your giftable books is "advertise" them here in the book bazaar.

HTH (and I just realized I repeated a lot of what Jeanne said - oh well! lol)


Last Edited on: 11/21/07 1:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 4:41 PM ET
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Thank you so much, everyone, for your help.

I  will  take the "condition" tags off, and leave only those that relate to all  the copies of that book.

And thanks for the idea of "coding".

Happy Thanksgiving!