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Subject: Our Most Wanted Books
Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:07 PM ET
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I have been getting requests for some of my books for some time now, from other members on this forum as I am sure many of the rest of you have been. It's a given that most of us like and want the same books. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to have these books circulate here first before we post them FIFO.Of course a lot of us put them in the Available books for March (etc.) thread, but can we put our heads together and come up with a better way yet to get these books to those of us who want them? - without violating any PBS rules? It sure wouldn't hurt my feelings if someone on this forum received a book that I wanted if I knew that I could let that person know that I was interested in it and could get it next - or fourth - or whatever!

Maybe a chat thread where we express what we want or what we have received? I don't know - what do the rest of you think? I usually check my buddies WL first, but that doesn't always do it.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:16 PM ET
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On the romance forum they have a "Is this on your Book Shelf"? and a Is this on you Wish List?  thread.  It seems to work out quite well. People go back and update when the have found what they are looking for as well as if a wish list book is taken.  So it must be alright with TPTB.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:52 PM ET
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That sounds like just the ticket, Letty! I'm thinking we should start those posts here as well.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 9:00 AM ET
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I'm wondering whether or not to do another thread  on "Is this on Your WL?" since we have the "available books for March" thread. Any thoughts from all of you on that? This would be one where we post our available books  - ones that we thhink others may want. I'm of a mind that we may have already covered that with the available books thread and is this on your bookshelf thread.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/3/2010 1:33 PM ET
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The other item that would be nice I see in some forum is new books coming out during the year. Like if list out releases of new books throughout the year. Helps with my book budget too (or lack there of)

Alice

Date Posted: 3/4/2010 12:52 AM ET
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Why don't you start a thread called Trading Circle or Book Circle or something.  If someone has a WL book they are ready to trade they can list it, and all interested can either post or PM the person--then that group of people will just read it and post if forward to the next person on the list included with the book.  You would still be posting it to someone's wishlist, which is allowed, it's just a more orderly way of doing it amongst a larger group of people.  Of course, you would have to be willing to read it right away or it would take forever...

Date Posted: 3/4/2010 10:37 AM ET
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Good ideas! I am still waiting from TPTB re my question about requesting WL'd books in this forum - we shall see......

 

Diane - you brought up the one glitch in your suggestion which is " reading the book right away". I'm not sure if that would work, but on the other hand, if it's a book that someone wants badly enough, that shouldn't be a problem. Who knows, it might discipline us enough to really think about what we are wishing for ---nahhhh- can't see that happening! LOL



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Date Posted: 3/4/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Seems to me like a two week time limit might solve that problem.  It seems reasonable--that's what you get from a library.  If you aren't willing to commit to reading it within two weeks of receipt, then don't participate in the circle for that particular book.  The last person posts it for the general population.

Or ... it could even work if the original owner wants it back, eventually.  It would be kosher as long as it's all through WL, but there would be no enforcement mechanism for getting it back ... or passing it along to the next reader, for that matter.  The difference being,  that the next reader isn't out anything except disappointment if the chain breaks somewhere, while the original owner is out a book they wanted to keep.  Sure, they got a credit for it, but they didn't really want the credit--they wanted the book, and were going to pay the credit to the last person in the chain, to get the book back.

Anyway ... it's a thought. 

For this to work, we'd need a thread dedicated to each reading circle, for each book that's up for a reading circle.  Much like the swap games.  People who want to join the circle throw in their hats and everyone posts when they receive the book and when they pass it on.  Could require DC, too.  It dies when the last person receives the book (and the last person could be the original owner).

It would be interesting to see how much wear and tear accumulate on a book through half a dozen or more readers, and mailing in between.  It may be enough that we wouldn't want to put keeper books in the circle, but ... again, it's a thought.

 



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Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:41 AM ET
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Was this idea abandoned because TPTB said you can't ask for a WL book?  I'm assuming "ask for a WL book" means advertising in the forums that you are looking for it--since anyone responding to a WL offer post is technically "asking" for the book, and that's been determined to be okay.

What about if whoever had a WL book offered it in a separate thread and asked those who wanted it to PM.  The first person PMing would be the first person to have the book posted to their WL, but they would also get a list of the other people who responded, which would be passed around with the book so the next posting would go to the next person, etc.  If by the time you got around to someone's name the book was no longer on their WL, they would just be skipped.  I guess the thread would have to have some indication that it's a chain so people would know they'll have to read it quickly and pass it on to a designated person, but I can't imagine that it would be against the rules--it's the same thing as consecutive people each posting a thread that they have the book, and an individual person responding to it--they are just all responding at the same time.  It would avoid anyone asking for a WL in a forum post.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:20 PM ET
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Diane, you have an interesting idea there.Let's run it by everybody and see what they think. If I have the premise right it would go something like this:

We start a thread entitiled " WL Books Circle" or something on that order.

1.) Member "A" posts that he/she has a book to offer (e.g. The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes).

2.) Other members PM member "A" saying that the book is on their WL and they want it.

3.) Member A sends book to the first member "B" who PM's her, by posting it to member "B"'s WL, along with a list of the others who have PM'd her in the order they were received.

4.) Member "B" has a designated amount of time (e.g. 3 weeks) to read the book and then post it to the next member "C". If that book is no longer on "C"'s WL, "C" will be skipped.

5.) This continues until the book has completed the circle. If it is still intact, it may be posted to the FIFO WL; returned to the original owner; or (gasp) trashed.

 

If, along the way. some member decides to keep the book or it is lost in the mail, then that member will notify the others.

 

The thread can be used for numerous books.

Have I got this correct? Have I made it clear? Any other comments or suggestions? Shall we try it or not?



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Date Posted: 3/31/2010 4:14 PM ET
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After all the discussion above, I'm not sure I understand what is going to happen and how?  Guess I'm a bit dense but I do hope it works out.  I check the month's books available because sometimes I've read reviews or someone has told me more about a book or books that I wasn't sure I wanted.  If the books in question are still there I PM the owner.  This doesn't work?  I'm waiting for the books following Hood in the fashion (I think) Jeanne discussed.   I do have some wonderful books I found that I wanted to read and at the time no one else wanted them.  Now I see the WLs are 34 and more.  I'll be interested to see how this all shakes out.  

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 4:40 PM ET
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Ruth, You are the first person to respond to this since I tried to give a description of how it might work. I just assumed that no one was interested.

Let's throw it out there again and see if there are any comments.

I will start it off and call the thread "Wish List Circle". We will see what happens.