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Subject: Is there a way to share your TBR with others?
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 8:38 PM ET
Member Since: 7/8/2008
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I read a lot of books and have great friends and family members who love to purchase books for me. Is there a way to allow them access to my TBR list? For instance, my mother was out shopping thrift stores today and came across some books that she thought I might be interested in. I was at work and unable to be reached. She is a fellow PBSer and looked me up, but could not access my TBR to see if I already had the books. I realize that most members wouldn't want others checking their TBR, but I wouldn't have minded at all. Since I missed out on some good books today, I tried everything I can think of copy/paste, etc. to send her a copy of my TBR, but all she gets is a big mess and only the first page. Is there a way to allow her to view my TBR or any easy way of sending her a copy?

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 2/18/2009
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I don't think so. I wish there was though.

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:02 PM ET
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you can tag all the books with something unique and send a link to the list of tagged books, but there's no way to share your TBR  as it is.  You can also save it as a spreadsheet or print it - the buttons to do so are on the top of the TBR page.

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Goodreads.com.  It'll import your books from PBS and you just sererate them into shelves.  But I think your mom would have to sign up too and you'd have to be "friends" in order to see eachothers books. 

Or you could tag them.  If you have enough of them they will come up under the tag cloud under the Community tab. 

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:45 PM ET
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If you have your own web-site, or blog site, you could use the TBR, BIR and WL widgets. They can be found under the Community Tab at the bottom of the page, under Widgets and APIs. That is the only way that I know of to let someone see your TBR list.


Date Posted: 7/25/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Melanie-I see your profile is private, but if you have it on your settings for just your buddies to see, and that's who you want to see your TBR you can just hit print at the top of your TBR page, copy then paste onto your profile.

I do that often in the game swaps & also when my buddies and I want to compare the books we have :)


Subject: Yes, you can share your lists with others
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 12:18 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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All of your  lists (TBR, Reminder, Wishlist, BIR) on PBS can be downloaded as csv (comma separated value) files, which can be opened in Microsoft Excel or Openoffice.org's Calc programs. There is a button at the top of the list -- it is on the right in the row of buttons - it says Download. Click that.

(Calc and the rest of the openoffice.org suite of programs are free alternatives to the Microsoft Office suite. You can get openoffice.org for free by going to http:\\openoffice.org)

Once you download the csv file and open it, you can fix it how you want it, then re-save it as an excel file -- or, if you have openoffice.org, you can save it as a pdf file -- or, if you have a pdf virtual printer program, you can "print" it as a pdf file. The pdf's are great for emailing to others, as they cannot change it unless they have special software to reopen it (such as the very expensive Adobe Acrobat program itself, as opposed to the free Acrobat Reader).

Hope that helps.


Last Edited on: 7/26/09 2:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 9:31 AM ET
Member Since: 2/3/2009
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Or you could just give your Mom your PBS password so she could sign in as you when she needs to see your lists.

I wouldn't recommend that unless you really trust the person - but clearly your Mom is someone you can trust LOL!