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Subject: Want to have books sent to a different address
Date Posted: 11/7/2009 6:52 PM ET
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My MIL is in assisted living in another state.  Is it possible for me to order some large-print books for her and have them sent to her address instead of mine?  Or is that not possible because then I would have to wait for her to tell me she received them before I could mark them received?  I hate to have to remail books I order for her.   Thanks

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 6:55 PM ET
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Nancy, check out the Help Center document titled, "Can I send a book to a friend/alternate address?".



Date Posted: 11/7/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Thank you Elizabeth

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I think you can.  I've never done it, but whenever I accept a book, the system always shows me my home address but then asks if I want to change and send it somewhere else. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 12:02 PM ET
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You should know that sending to an alternate address means that you do not have the option of marking a book RWAP. Personally, I would have them shipped to myself so that I could make sure they were posted correctly and I was actually getting large print books, and then send them to her in one shipment. Or, you might send a PM to the person you are ordering from, explain the situation, and just ask them to confirm that it is in fact a large print book.

I'm kind of the paranoid type though :)

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Date Posted: 11/9/2009 12:12 PM ET
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I have done this many times since joining PBS.  I have a friend who is too ill to get out to the library or bookstore.  About all her enjoyment comes from reading.

While many would not want to do it this way, this is what I do.  I order the books (usually a deal from the Book Bazaar) and have them sent to her address.  Since she is seldom able to let me know when it arrives, after 2 weeks, I mark the books recieved.  Since I have no recourse if it's received with a problem, I had no issue with doing this.  I would never make the sender wait until she had a day when she was well enough to call me before they got their credit.  

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 3:09 PM ET
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I have books sent to my mom all the time, she calls me when they arrive and I mark them received.  When you request a book you have the option to have it sent to your address or an alternate address.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Thank you all for your responses.  Since my MIL seldom answers her phone and never calls anyone, I may have books sent to a BIL who lives near her or  simply trust the sender and mark them received as Cozette does.  The Book Bazaar is a good idea that I hadn't thought of.