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Subject: What percentage of PBS books that you receive are actually reposted?
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 2:06 PM ET
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I was just thinking that I am pretty picky about the books that I post.  I always ask myself if I would be thrilled to receive the book that I am about to mail.  If the answer is no, I typically put that book in the Goodwill pile.

Overall, the books that I receive through PBS are in amazingly good condition.  I would say that a full 85-90% of the books I receive are in very good to excellent condition and get reposted.  A few are in fair to good condition (I'll post them) and occasionally I get one that really and truly stops with me.  Technically, it was a postable book when I received it but it is only good for one more reader.  I have had issues with water damage (I had a run of five water damaged books in about 10 days at the beginning of the year!) and underlining but overall, the books, and therefore the PBS members are pretty amazing!

What is your experience here?

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Actually reposted or actually repostable?  I would say that 95% of mine are repostable.  I've gotten a few unpostables, but the vast majority are repostable.  But most of the books I WL are in series and I tend to wait until most or all of the series are available before I start them.So it takes a while before I get them back into the system.  I do repost everything repostable I get back into the system as soon as I read them.


Date Posted: 12/7/2009 2:18 PM ET
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Hmm. I don't know.  Probably 75%.   Mostly because my TBR is so huge that it takes me awhile to get to them and also I play a lot of games. So sometimes I'll receive a WL book from PBS and use it in a game instead of reposting it into the system.  Although technically it gets sent to another member so I guess that's the same thing.  I also do the Damaged Books Virtual Box which puts those books you mentioned (the one where it's technically postable but hit it's last read as a postable book with me). So even those go to another PBS member.

I do occassionally post a book I got from PBS on Bookmooch. But only if it's heavily posted here or no one wanted it in the Damaged VB (you can only keep a book in there for 2 rounds if it's not chosen).   I also buy a lot of new and used WL books to add to the system.

I recently put my WL on hold because the TBR is just out of control.  It's staying on hold until after the Holidays.  I only kept some rare books off hold just incase.  My plan is to read a bunch of the the 140+ WL books I have here and get them out of the house.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 3:58 PM ET
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If it's repostable, I repost.  And I try and flip the WL books quickly - sometimes within a few days of recieving them. 

There are a few books I have as keepers.  And as I'll be moving permanently back to Ireland in a few months, I'm posting quickly in the hope that they'll be requested.  

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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 4:18 PM ET
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I repost around 98% of the books I get.  I used to keep a large supply of books but the older I get the less I like having extra books lying around.  I figure if I want to re-read something I can check it out from the library.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 4:50 PM ET
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I'm trying to limit my TBR by only requesting books I'm pretty sure will be keepers - but a lot of the books I've already obtained through here I plan to repost.  I don't know percentages, though.  I'm just slower at reading than I am at accumulating. :)

M.E. (ryenke) -
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:03 PM ET
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I'd say only 70% to 80% are repostable.  I do find books I get here that look just fine on first inspection that when reading them I often find unpostable flaws within, too late for me to RWAP. 

I probably only repost 25%.  But that 25% are likely to be the hot items on my wish list with many wishers waiting.  So the ones I'm taking out of the system tend to be my FIFO orders that have many copies in the system allready.

I put a lot of books into the system though. Besides my books, my father's audio books all end up here, my mother-in-law now brings me a bag of books every few months when she's done with them, my mom in Chicago even sent me a box of books she didn't want anymore and I posted those too.  It has become a big family joke - what I'm posting and what I'm getting here.  Everyone is curious which books will be snapped up, and which ones won't be.  Or if something we read years ago is available here, or what the wish list line on a newer book will look like. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:09 PM ET
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I guess I repost about 75% of what I get via PBS.  Either thru FIFO or I send it to another PBS member in a game.

At least 95% of what I receive thru PBS is re-postable.  I guess I've been lucky, I've had less than 5 unpostable books in the 2 1/2 years I've been here.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:42 PM ET
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I repost all the books that I get from here. As long as they are in postable condition of course. I don't keep books. There are way too many great books out there to keep rereading ones I've already read.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Usually I repost if it's postable, give it away in the BB if it's not, and I even gave one to my brother. I don't love to keep unless I know I'll read it over and over.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:06 PM ET
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I ordered something from your shelf to make your upcoming move a little lighter :)

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 2:49 AM ET
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I don't relist a lot because I like to keep books I truly enjoy and I'm I guess lucky to love a lot of the books I read, and I still have a huge TBR pile to work through too. Being honest most of the books I give away on here were books I picked up, read some of, realized they weren't to my tastes.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 6:14 AM ET
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I order paperback early readers for my niece's classroom.  Those are never going to get reposted.  A first grade classroom can wear out quite a few books.  But having enough books that the kids are able to take them home to read?   And having the right book for the right kid?  Well worth that third of my credits.  She is a second year teacher and now, thanks to PBS and the deals I have found, has a huge library to lend to the kids.  Which is great as the school's librarian was basically cut out of the budget.  

Now the books I get, most of them will eventually get relisted.  Had about 5 that are unpostable or on the last trade.  That's less than 3%.  And two of those were damaged by the post office. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:52 AM ET
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I usually don't repost my books because most of my books are keepers.   I would only post fiction and I dontn't usually request those unless my library does not have the book and most time they can get the book on interlibrary loan from another library in the system.  If they can't get the book then it goes on my wishlist.  So far all of my books have been in prestine condition and eligible to repost  if I wished to do so.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:36 AM ET
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About 20% of the books I order go to friends and family, so they're not getting reposted.  I probably keep another 10% on my keeper shelf.  The rest will get reposted....eventually.  I'm not a fast reader and have a HUGE TBR pile.

As far as condition, probably 98% of the books I've received have been repostable.  I've had one RWAP out of probably 550 trades (I haven't checked the number lately) and a couple books that were on their last posting.



Subject: Reposting books
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I believe the 95% of the books I have received are repostable. I plan on keeping some of what I receive, but eventually most , if not all of what I rceived will go on my bookshelf. I read alot in spurts, so it might take awhile.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 10:23 AM ET
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I'm new to PBS, so I haven't yet received my two freebies yet, nor has the one book that's been requested frome me (mailed today) been received yet...so I don't have any experience, per se, lol.

Howevever, I have no intention of re-posting any of the books I receive through this site.  I'm requesting a certain genre for a specific purpose, and these are all books that will be kept in my library.  Luckily for those out there in PBS land, these aren't wishlisted, or even heavily sought after books. In regards to their condition, these are older, more obscure titles, and I don't expect them to be in pristine condition, but my experience with other swap sites is generally good, and I doubt I would have any qualms about re-posting them if I felt the need.

 As for the books on my shelf, these are all in either brand new or like-new condition, so hopefully, even though they aren't wishlisted or heavily sought after either, it'll help keep a variety of good condition books in the system for re-swapping, and save me a little of the guilt of keeping everything I request. ;)

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I don't think people should feel guilty for keeping the books they get from PBS. Many people buy cheap books just to post or buy credits and use it to finish keeper collections. 

Subject: All mine are reposted
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:10 PM ET
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I only joined in April but so far I have reposted all the ones I have received, though few have been requested again. l  rec'd one that wasn't postable in the first place so won't try to pawn that off on anyone.

I buy a lot of wishlisted books so those go out right away when I finish reading them if no one in my extended family wants to read it first.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:20 PM ET
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Probably 75% of those I receive are repostable...although I usually don't. I'm sort of a book keeper, so I purchase other books to list here. I also post many of my own older and harder to find books. As someone said, on first glance many I get appear repostable, but I find later they aren't. I don't unwrap them and go over them with a magnifying glass - it's just not that important in my scheme of things. I don't know if it's the rapid temperature changes in transit or just the general poor quality of the books, but I'm finding a lot of cracked inner spines and/or a loose page lately, mostly on newer books.   

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 9:32 PM ET
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About 85% of the books I receive are repostable.

I don't repost books often, though I have 120 on my bookcase.  I love my books, and love having them to reread.  Most of the books I repost are books I don't believe I'll reread, but I know someone out there will get a lot of joy from them.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:39 PM ET
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I just joined recently and have only finished reading a couple of the books that I have received.  I posted about a dozen books and they were all wish listed and went quickly so I got a lot of credits.  I'm too impatient to wish list so all the books I requested are readily available.  I would assume if I repost them it will take a long time (if ever) for someone to request them.  I don't keep fiction so would be reluctant to have them sitting around the house.  I was thinking of donating to the library.   

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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:53 PM ET
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I've only received two or three unpostables.  One went in the BB and the others were on their last legs so they were donated to the church bazaar.  The rest have been or will be read a reposted.

Moria, you can check the Reminder List to see how many copies of a book are in the system.  I've had some that I didn't think would be picked and the next thing I knew they were leaving.  When I first joined I didn't really WL either.  Now, I have a small list of about 30 books.  I'm always a bit surprised when I get the notice that it's been accepted.

Back in the day I did have over 3000 books in the house.  Then we were moving and I donated them to the library.  Now, I just have my TBR mountain.  As soon as I finish a book it's posted.

Judith, I ordered some books from you to make you pile smaller. 


Date Posted: 12/9/2009 2:54 PM ET
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They do get ordered. I just had an order today for a book that's been on my shelf for over a year. To be honest I forgot that I still had it!  I have the storage space for them. I will probably have to move in a year or two and then I'll do a major book purge-donate any TBR books that have been collecting dust for years and not WL and any heavily posted books that are on my shelf. Just so I don't have to move  them.  The last move I made was military and they packed and paid to move everything. So I didn't mind moving my massive TBR. The next move will be all mine as far as the work and expenses-so off they'll go.

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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Almost all the books I receive from here are repostable. There's only been a couple that were what I'd call "iffy" and my reading of the book put it over the edge into "I won't repost this." I have had a couple that I myself made unpostable by spilling something on it, and there are some I don't repost because they were meant for my Keeper shelf, but I would say all in all, I actually do repost about 95% of what I get here, plus a lot more books that I've bought myself.