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Subject: Trying to be nice......
Date Posted: 8/30/2013 12:02 PM ET
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So I hadn't done this in a long time cause I have over 20 credits, but someone in forum discussed this so felt I should look at the FOL used book room for some 50 cent  paperbacks that are WL here. So made a list from popular authors here of WL books.  Found 2 Debbie Macomber titles and posted them........yep, NO one requesting them.  Feels like sometimes,it just doesn't pay to be nice!

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 12:15 PM ET
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Are they wishlisted? If not, unfortunately you're going to have to wait in the queue. If they are wishlisted, someone will accept the offer eventually and your altruism will be rewarded!

 

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 8/30/2013 12:18 PM ET
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That's why I never buy books solely to post.  Even if they are wishlisted, the person(s) wishlisting might have RCs or have their account on hold.  Not worth having more books hanging around the house.  smiley

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 12:20 PM ET
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You probably know this, but wanted to mention that the wish list is based on ISBN rather than title.  So there may be several editions of a title, and some ISBNs will be wishlisted while others are not.

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 1:16 PM ET
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That was a good try, since she is a popular author.  She is such a prolific writer (over 1200 books according to the author page), though, it would be hard to choose WL books without knowing her series well or having access to PBS site to check.

I recently got to send out some extra books, too.  It was important to me, so it was worthwhile.  I could see how this could turn into an expensive hobby, if you're not careful.

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 1:40 PM ET
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I buy books at the FOL all the time to post. But for "popular" authors like Macomber, I would only buy a book released within the last 6 months, as those may have long wishlists but they also move super fast. I would figure anything older than about 6 months was already available to order.

I stick to paranormal and sci-fi mostly, as I know the authors and just guessing what's still WL I get 19 out of 20 correct.

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 2:07 PM ET
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Unless you look for the exact ISBN that is Wish Listed or it is their very last book released, popular authors are exactly what you do not want to pick up to post. Especially if it is a mass market paperback. You will find yourself with a book that already has 1000 copies in the system.

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 3:00 PM ET
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She is so popular that most of her books probably have hundreds of copies in the system.  If you bring up a list of her WL books most look to be her very newest books, audio, large print with a few hardcovers & paperbacks that someone probably wants for that specific cover edition.  So if you picked up some of her paperbacks that have been out for awhile, chances are that there's hundreds posted already.

74 Seaside Avenue already has more than 500 copies posted.

Angels at Christmas has over 200 posted.

And that's just for those editions. If there are many other editions, there could be thousands in the system already.



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Date Posted: 8/30/2013 4:00 PM ET
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I should add that having a few of her books on your bookshelf is not necessarily a waste even when there are hundreds in the system.  If I am offered a deal but can't find something I really want, I often choose from their Debbie Macomber selection.  This is how I am slowly growing my collection of her books.

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 4:24 PM ET
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I occassionaly purchase FOL books to post here at PBS.  Since I'm at the library, I use their internet to log into PBS and check the ISBN's until I find a couple that are wishlisted.  That way I only purchase wishlisted books that I can move quickly...A two-fer, I can support my local library and PBS at the same time!

Date Posted: 8/30/2013 6:16 PM ET
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I always use the PBS Wishing App on my smartphone.  You scan the ISBN and it lets you know if there are any wishes for it.  The App is free and you need a barcode scanner app, too.

Date Posted: 8/31/2013 9:49 AM ET
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I copied titles, authors, and ISBNs from the WL here on PBS.  Could be that the 2 I just happened to pick up had just one wisher who had been offered books by the time I got to Library and posted them.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/31/2013 10:40 AM ET
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There are two Debbie Macomber books on your shelf, and each one has hundreds of available copies, so I think you may have unintentionally picked up the wrong ISBNs.

74 Seaside Avenue (Cedar Cove, Bk 7) :: Debbie Macomber
ISBN-13: 9780778324850 - ISBN-10: 0778324850
Copies Available: 536
Angels at Christmas: Those Christmas Angels\Where Angels Go :: Debbie Macomber
ISBN-13: 9780778326830 - ISBN-10: 0778326837
Copies Available: 206
 

She does have 410 books that are wish listed, and you can get that list here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?s_type=wl&k=&ti=&a=debbie+macomber&g1=&g2=&g3=&g4=&g5=&b[]=Paperback&b[]=Hardcover&b[]=Audio+CD&b[]=Audio+Cassette&pd_type=e&pd=&r=n&sby=wishes&oby=DESC&ts=&saved_name=

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 2:00 PM ET
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Where do I go to see what books are being wished for on PBSwap?

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 2:00 PM ET
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Where do I go to see what books are being wished for on PBSwap?

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 2:28 PM ET
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Where do I go to see what books are being wished for on PBSwap?

 

There are several ways to do that, Christian.  If you go to the "search" menu, you  can choose "club wish list."  It shows every book that is on anyone's wish list -- and it is huge.

 

Or if you search for an ISBN, when the listing comes up, look to see if there is a blue and white "order this book" button.  If there is, there is at least one copy available, so it isn't a wish list book.  But if instead there is a blue and white "post this book" button, then look at the "members wishing" info there.  If there is a number there other than 0, it is a wish list book.

 

And to see the most popular wish list books, go to the Community menu and choose Top 100 --> wishes.

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 5:16 PM ET
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Our library has a big FOL sale.  I will subscribe to the Daily Wish List for about a week right before the sale.  It is an email of books wished for that day, sent by email.  I narrowed it down to a topic or two, so I'd have an idea of what was in demand.  It is a link on the Settings page.

Daily Wish List Settings

Select from the categories below to receive daily updates on the previous days' new wishes. This "Daily Wish List" will be sent to you via email and will include book images unless specified otherwise.

To see how many copies of a book are posted, add the book to your Reminder List.

Please note that Large Type and Audio CD books will have wish lists long after the regular versions are posted.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2013 6:04 PM ET
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Where do I find the wish list app? I just got a smart phone.

Date Posted: 9/8/2013 8:09 PM ET
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I do not like the apple app.  I use the mobile format with Safari instead.  There is something about seeing a button that does not actually work that ruins it for me.  (Mobile format at bottom of page.)

The apps vary by operating system. 



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Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2013 8:11 PM ET
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I found it on the app store. Is it suppsed to take FOREVER to read the barcode.

Date Posted: 9/9/2013 11:37 AM ET
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Thank you! :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2013 4:11 PM ET
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@ Barb: what exactly do i search for in the app store? The mobile books swap app sys it's $1.99 and I can't find anything about a pbs wishing app.

 

Thanks!!

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/21/2013 4:39 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure I searched for paperback swap. It came up with a couple apps, one for the wishlist and one to search PBS. I think there was one other I didn't install too.

 

The one is called bookswapdroid, that connects to your PBS account. The other is labeled PBS wishing. That's just he wish list. It will also have you download a bar code scanning app.

 



Last Edited on: 9/21/13 5:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/25/2013 1:38 PM ET
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Hmmmm. I'll have to keep looking. I have an iPhone and one the App Store when I search for paperback swap it comes up with the 1.99 app. And I tried searching PBS (forgetting, of course) that there would be a ton of apps under that!  Thanks! I'll keep looking!

Date Posted: 9/25/2013 3:34 PM ET
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I'm afraid those of us who are using a free PBS app must all have Android phones.  I looked for an iPhone app for you but couldn't find one either :(

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