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Subject: Is there a way to see
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2009
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top books that are wishlisted?  I frequently go to Goodwill to buy used books for $1, and would like to know which books to look for that would be wanted here.  Also, tell me why the buddy list is cool - should I be trying to accumulate buddies? :P

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:35 PM ET
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Ok, well I'm dumb, but I did figure my first question out.  Anyone wanna tell me about the buddy list?

Green Newbie here!

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:51 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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Welcome to our addiction Kelly-

If I see someone who has a bookshelf with a lot of books I am interested in, but not ready to order, I will buddy them so I can go back and order from them when I have credits.

I also use the buddy list to play games.

I will also buddy people who have sent me books in great condition.

Feel free to ask questions... there is always someone willing to help.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 2:34 PM ET
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For the benefit of those reading this thread who didn't yet figure it out the way Kelly did, the way to see the top WishListed books is to check out the Top 50s link, it has many of those popular listings there.  Click on Community at the top of any page, then click on Top 50s blue link from the dropdown menu.

And from the Help Center, here is why the Buddy List is cool:

Why use the Buddy List?

  • The Buddy List is a great way to communicate with and keep track of a group:
    • For example, if you are playing or hosting a Game in the Games Forum, you can add all of the other games players to your Buddy List and make a tag with the name of the game you are playing.  Then when the time comes to send out a Personal Message to one or all of the players, you can sort your Buddy List to view only Buddies with that tag, and send your PM.
    • If you have joined or are leading a Local PBS Chapter, this is a great way to keep in touch so you don't miss a PBS event
  • The Buddy List allows you to keep an eye on specific members' bookshelves:
    • If you get a wonderfully-wrapped book in great condition, shipped promptly, you are likely to want to swap with that sender again.  You can put her on your Buddy List and tag her "great swapper!" and when you have some credits burning a hole in your pocket, you can go shopping on her bookshelf and submit your request for a book directly to her.
    • If you meet someone on PBS who has similar reading tastes, you can check her bookshelf periodically to see if she has Posted anything new, or send her a Personal Message when you have posted new books for swapping.
  • The Buddy List can make Chatting easier:
    • Go to the Buddy List and see if your Buddy is online (if the dot beside her name on the list is green)
    • If she's online, send her a PM: "Wanna meet me in chat?"
  • You can use the Buddy List to give other members credits
    • Click  next to a name on your Buddy List, then
    • Choose the amount of credits to give
    • Click
    • An email will be sent to both giver and receiver documenting that credits have been given.
Date Posted: 11/17/2009 12:18 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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If you want a more concise way to look at the top WL'd books that are the kinds you are interested in -subscribe to the Daily WL and Daily Posted lists.  PBS will only send you the genres you are interested in.  You will soon see a pattern and be able to come very close to identifying probable WL'd books. There are some "popular" titles that will have hundreds of people on the WL'd books and some books will only have 2 or 3 at any given time.  Try to stay away from the blockbuster titles and authors because so many people run out to buy them, and they become the frequently posted books very soon.

The Daily lists vary in length....Sci/fi -Fantasy tends to have high hundreds each day. The History and Crafts genres have lower hundreds to tens sometimes.  But it doesn't take long to go through them especially once you're familiar with who and what.  And you don't have to read each one completely every day.