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Subject: what are the more popular genres on PBS? WL only books?
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:48 AM ET
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I've got some books on my shelf here that are pretty common, so I'd be surprised if they ever wound up finding a new home from a PBS swap. We have a nice used book store that takes most all my books for store credit. I was thinking about taking these more common titles and swapping them out, either for things I like or maybe some new titles to post here. Also there's a good thrift shop nearby, so I was wondering what to look for there. I figure at $1.50 per hardback and 70 cents a pb, it's a decent deal, IIRC credits here are about $3.00.

I have browsed the most-wished for list, but I was curious as to what books in general are popular here. Craft books? Mysteries? How do those of you that only post WL books do it?


Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:00 AM ET
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I think paranormal, cozy mystery and romance (not harelquin) can move quickly.  I would visit the genre threads.   Paranormal, Romance and Mystery have is this on your WL.  You can get an idea of the author's and books that are currently being wished.  It changes quickly sometimes.  I had a WL book that had 15 wishers and it was held up on a couple of those wishers waiting for them to respond, by the time it was released, there weren't any wishers left.  The book did move about a week later because it was still in demand, just be careful.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:20 AM ET
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Besides the books listed by Robin above, I've seen crafting books, erotica and cookbooks go very quickly, especially by the "celebrity" chefs.  Manga books also tend to go rather fast, especially yaoi subgenre.  Certain authors are often snapped up fast as well, I have really good luck with Jodi Picoult and Ken Follett.  Mega popular authors that sell mega copies of books often have mega numbers of copies show up here (James Patterson, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Dan Brown) and those take much longer to get ordered.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:50 AM ET
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Erotica goes really quickly. Paranormals/Urban Fantasy and go pretty quickly. 

I don't pay more than .50 for a book I'm just going ot post.  By the time you add postage costs-you can buy a credit from someone in the BB for $2.50.  Sometimes I'll pay a $1 if I see a book I know has a super long WL line.  It just depends on my budget.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 12:35 PM ET
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Buying books just to post isn't a very cost-effective option, unless you want to read them too.

As Mary pointed out, the going rate for credits in the Book Bazaar is now around $2.50, and if you buy a hardcover that is $1.50 and probably weighs around 1-2 pounds, that would be, per credit:  

2.38 (1lb media mail) + 1.50 = 3.88     (3.08 if paperback) 

2.77 (2lb media mail) + 1.50 = 4.27     (3.47 if paperback)

Trading your books in at the UBS to get other books to trade might or might not be cost effective, depending on how the UBS values your books. Other options include offering deals in the Book Bazaar (shipping multiples off for more than one credit at one time can actually lower your per credit costs) or joining Box-O-Books.

Just some ideas.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 1:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 6:50 PM ET
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If you want to do some research to see, I reccommend subscribing to The Daily Wish by the genres you like to read.  This wiil show you what people are looking for.  Then you might want to get The Daily Wishlist for a few other genres.  I like science fiction and epic fantasy.... I find a LOT of paranormal romance, paranormal adventure and the like on that list.  Most days the list has 700+ wishes on it - keep in mind there are lots of duplicates.  Once you get used to the list it doesn't take long to go through them.  Soon it will become apparent what the most popular titles are that people want.  I've gotten the lists for cooking and Home and Garden (crafts), and a couple of others as well.  Check out the Browse tab for the page with a long listing for browsing.  In fact you could just check out that page everyday to see what's being wished for by hovering over the book and seeing if "order this book" or "wish" comes up.  But I've found that the Daily Wish List is the most helpful. because it shows the most duplicates.  And over a few days time you'll see which books have the most duplicate wishes.  So stick with what you like or what you  hav the best oppotunity to get.

If you can find 25 cent books that are wl'd - then I'd do it.


Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:05 PM ET
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I like to buy at my library FOL.  That way I benefit twice, I get books to post and my library gets more money to buy me more books.  I'll spend more per book at FOL than at garage sales.  Before the big FOL sale, I'll watch the daily emails and watch the genre threads about WL books.  And the 50s list.  The 50 most WL books is under Community.

Part of it is just getting used to what kind of books move fast. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:43 PM ET
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I second what Ruth says and just learn what's likely to be WL in genres you are familiar with.  That's what I did.  After awhile I just learned to tell what's most likely to go quickly and what probably has 200 copies already on PBS. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:47 PM ET
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You can also look for specific authors, if you want.  Off the top of my head, mostly everything by Chirstopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk and Hunter S. Thompson is wish listed.

Oh... and zombie books!  Especially World War Z,  Day by Day Armageddon, etc.

Oh... and Wiccan books go very quickly.

Oh... and history books, especailly those on the Peloponnesian War, the Spartans, the Knights Templar, etc.

'K, I'll stop now, LOL.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:52 PM ET
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Also remember that the same title but different bindings/ISBN aren't all equally WL'd.  One example is the original Harry Potter books - the HC's are far more wl'd than the paperback versions.


Date Posted: 1/19/2010 9:32 PM ET
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"Crafting" as a whole is not WL'd.  I've had stacks of crafting books and been unable to move them with a deal.   I don't even bother trying anymore--they go straight to a friend with a resale shop.

On the other hand, beading books are in high demand.  So are certain quilting books (others sit in the library unrequested).

Paranormals might be in demand--except I had a stack of 5 and every one of them was listed in the library available

I'd be very leery of buying any book that wasn't on several WL's to post.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 9:55 PM ET
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Books that I have seen go really fast are:

  •  Homeschooling books theory, family stories, and textbooks (John Gatto, What your X Grader Needs to Know 
  • Anything written by a recent pope - John Paul II or Benedict XVI
  • Hardcover copies of any Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Any children's book by Mo Willems 
  • Calvin and Hobbs comic collection
  • Comic Strip collection books
  • Anything written by Terry Pratchett paperback or hardcover
  • Quilting books
  • Erotica

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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:11 PM ET
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Yes every hardcover Magic Tree House book that I've posted had been ordered immediately even if it wasn't WL.  Now I just hope my daughter doesn't know they're missing.  She out grew them a couple of years ago.

Cookbooks move pretty fast if they're fairly recent. Especially if they have a celebrity Food Network connection.  But they can be heavy and expensive to mail.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 11:44 PM ET
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Go to Search / Book Browser. Select Wish List Books for the search type, then scroll to the bottom of the page. Choose to sort by # of Wishes / Descending. You can bump the number of books per page to 100 to get an overview of the type of books that are near the top of the list.

It turns out the book with the longest line right now is "The Help" and "The Lost Symbol" is second. Michael Pollan and Charlaine Harris each have two titles in the top 10.

You can also search Posted Books and sort by # Posted to see that Dan Brown wrote five of the ten most common books in the system and John Grisham wrote three.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 2:39 AM ET
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Fabulous answers Karen, lots of ideas for you (and us too!).

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Stay away from the biggies like Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, James Patterson-unless it's their brand new release (like The Lost Symbol).  In 6months there will probably be 500 copies of the Lost Symbol in the system because it's such a popular book and people will be begging for it to get ordered. 

I found Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher to be almost constantly WL. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:59 AM ET
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I'm like Emily--I don't go out to used book stores to get books to post, but I do shop my twice a year FOL sale at the local library--supports them, and beefs up my bookshelf, too. While I do want to get SOME WL'd books when I'm doing the FOL, I usually pick up between 20-40 books...so I really don't want them ALL to be WL'd, otherwise that would be a boatload of postage all at once. I snap up anything paranormal, newer cozy mysteries, any alternative religion books, any cookbooks by Food Network chefs, certain newer fantasy and young adult fiction. (And of course, anything I want to read too! LOL)

You get a certain feel for it after awhile, what will go...most of the books I pick, even if there are a few copies in the system, generally go within the first few weeks or months. Occasionally there'll be a dud, but for .50 a book (or less--if I got it on 'stuff the grocery bag for $3 day) it's not a big deal.

What not to get: Harlequin romances, Oprah's picks, uber-popular mystery authors like the ones Mary mentioned, plus I would also add Sue Grafton Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, etc--unless it is their very newest release.


Date Posted: 1/21/2010 4:23 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for your helpful replies! I didn't know that credits could be bought and sold in the Book Bazaar, so that was news, and I like the idea of using my phone to check popularity. I decided to trade most of the books with many copies listed here, and I picked things that I was interested in, rather than trying to get something that I would only list on PBS. I think I have a good idea what to watch out for if I am browsing at the thrift store or wherever there are book bargains. :) 

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Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:12 PM ET
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I was surprised at how quickly my books were requested but after looking at the Browser I now know why.  I think that out of the 40 some books I plan to post, the majority of them will be gone in a week or less.  They are in the top ones being wished for.

All of my books are paranormal, which explains why.  If it was an auction here, I would be rich, LOL. 

I did learn one thing, that some of the books I want I might as well buy and if I don't like them I can post them here.  I won't lose out any as now I don't have to worry about buying a book and losing the money if I don't like it. 

I have to admit that I have never bought my books at a used book store.  90% or more I buy brand new.  Others have been given to me.  Maybe one percent are from friends of my daughter who she passes on to me.  The shape they are in, I will offer them free most likely to get them out of the way.  the covers are creases and some tears in them.  They look like some one tossed them in the floor of a car and just let the kids walk all over them ! ! !