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Topic: What is the difference between My Bookshelf and my TBR list?

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Subject: What is the difference between My Bookshelf and my TBR list?
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:28 PM ET
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Seems like such a silly question....have looked for the answer but not found anything. I do know that you can post your own items that you did not receive from PBS on your TBR list. Other than that, I must be overlooking something obvious. Anyone?

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:32 PM ET
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Your bookshelf contains the book you want to swap. Others can see this shelf.

TBR is a just a nice place to list the books you want to read but you don't want to trade yet.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:33 PM ET
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That isn't quite right.  Your public bookshelf shows the books you want to swap.  There is the other side of your bookshelf that shows the books on hold.  These are books you received that you did not mark the checkbox to remove from your shelf. 

The TBR shelf can have books added that are not on your shelf or were never on your shelf.  I find it great that I mark the books I buy, so I do not get duplicates.  The bookshelf and the TBR list show up on the book detail page. 

Another thing the TBR is great for is Wish Listed books that you own.  You can put WL books on the TBR without triggering that automatic and hard to remove swap.  Then you can see if the books are red or green WL.  You can then post the book from there.



Last Edited on: 6/21/10 8:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:36 PM ET
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TBR is also great for showing what might be WL. So if you have a tight postage budget but a lot of books you want to list at some point-you can put them on your TBR and post the ones with the W for WL as you have postage money.  Although the sort by # of WL has never worked for me you can at least get it to sort all the WL books together.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:43 PM ET
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I think you can import lists of books to your TBR from a spreadsheet.  Which would be great if you were thinking of posting a large number of books.  Don't know how. 

ETA   There is also a bookmarker to import books from other sites.  You can apparently import directly to your WL or your TBR list.

Book list import bookmarker



Last Edited on: 6/21/10 9:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Susan C. - ,
Date Posted: 6/22/2010 11:16 PM ET
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Thank you all for your replies. It is clearer to me now. I guess one of the things that was confusing to me is that books you receive from another member show up on both lists apparently. So when I looked at my bookshelf I saw books I had received that had "holds" on them. And when I looked at my TBR list, those books are in that list also, along with a bunch of ones I manually input from my own collection.

So rather than have the same books show up in two different places, I deleted the ones that came from another member from my bookshelf (that are really TBR books) and just left the ones that I intend to be posted. I hope I was right in this. If not, it's no big deal. I have a lot of books and want to be able to have them in a database, so I started inputting them here. But I am considering other methods because I want to be able to categorize them by genre, etc.

Has anyone tried any of the standalone software programs or LibraryThing or Shelfari?

Date Posted: 6/23/2010 12:09 AM ET
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One of the side effects of the bookshelf hold is the date last posted and the estimates of WL books for other folks.  Rather than program this data from scratch, PBS used the bookshelf hold data. 

You can sort your bookshelf to show just posted books, just books on hold, or all books.  And we now have options to download both the bookshelf and the TBR.

I tried Delicious Library as I really wanted to be able to scan books by bar codes.  Sounded like such a cool idea.  Did not work well enough in my dark office.  And I kept forgetting to remove books that left.  I'm sticking to the TBR for now.  I can sort by author, which matches my bookcases.

Date Posted: 6/23/2010 8:52 AM ET
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I prefer not to have the TBR books on hold on my bookshelf as well. I just want to see the books I have posted even with the sorting option.  I might use the book for a game, I might damage it when I'm reading it or whatever.  Also I think books should be reposted by using the ISBN off the back. I've had a couple of books where I received the wrong binding and didn't notice when I marked it received.  I personally don't care about binding and so I don't always pay attention. I just make sure the book is postable.  If I had just reposted from the TBR or unheld them on my bookshelf=I might not have noticed the wrong binding thing at all and had a complaint against me.