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Subject: What types of books go the quickest?
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 3:50 PM ET
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I was just wondering because I've seen a lot of people saying they mail out multiple books a week and I've only had 1 book requested so far. What types of books seem to be popular? Are these people sending deals and that's why they're mailing out multiple a week? Or do they happen to have lots of WishListed books? I've done a couple BOBs, which is great, but that won't bring in the credits! LOL So, what are your opinions on this? :)
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Hey Elizabeth I'm a new member too. I haven't had any bites yet. I have mostly suspense and children's books posted, with a few others mixed in. Let me know if you figure out the secret! Julie
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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:08 PM ET
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One can never tell what books will go quickly, but in general I've seen that crafting books like needlework, crochet, knitting go quickly.  Some genres move very quickly - manga books tend to fly off my shelf, erotica goes fast.  Cookbooks are popular here.  Vampire and werewolf stories can move fast (although I had a vampire book sit unwanted on my shelf for several months, and the Ann Rice vampire series audio books are still languishing there.)

You can always see the Most Wished for books by checking out the Top 50s list (click on Community at the top of the page, then click on Top 50s link from dropdown menu, then choose the Wished For Books tab.

Just released books from mega-popular authors go fast also.  Some authors seem always popular - I tend to have good luck with Jodi Picoult and Ken Follett.

I think Romances and older books from mega-popular authors that have many mass-marketed paperbacks out move more slowly here.

Do a search on this topic for past Discussions on it, this subject has come up before and many members have made recommendations!

 



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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:23 PM ET
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I've found that recent "literary" fiction gets snapped up pretty immediately.  And as was said above, vampires!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:28 PM ET
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Recently published hardcover YA fiction goes fast. Most are wishlisted by quite a few people.

Erotica goes quickly, IME.

When I first joined, I posted a lot of books on Wicca, and they all were gone within a week.

ETA: I've been able to find many of the top 50 wished for books at library sales for 1 dollar or less.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:52 PM ET
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I joined last night and have already sent out two books. LOL They were "Sex is natural but not naturally perfect" and "The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible diseases you probably already have." LOL

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 5:06 PM ET
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anddd I just got another request. haha "The Ultimate Sex Diet"...apparently people like sex books! Who knew! lol

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:12 PM ET
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Erotica books go really quickly.  Even if they aren't WL they are generally nabbed within a day or two.  Also paranomal romances and non-romance paranormals go pretty quick.   Every cookbook I've posted has been WL or requested almost immediately.  Craft books do well to as long as they are current crafts-as in a 1970's macrame book might not go so well.

Authors to avoid as they tend to have lots of copies of their books posted (nothing against these authors-they are just so popular that everybook tends to be a blockbuster and before you know it theres 300 copies posted and people are begging for someone to order theirs): James Patterson, Nora Robers, Harlan Coben, Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Patricia Cromwell, John Grisham-their books are usually only WL if it's an upcoming new release.  Although audio CDs for them go quickly.

Authors that I find are usually WL or requested quickly: Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Alexander McCall Smith, Cara Black, Boris AKunin, C.J. Box, Jaid Black, DIane Whiteside.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Current books on Autism and other childhood learning disorders. Mainly resource/information type books.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:23 PM ET
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I've found Biography/Memoir go pretty quickly, especially if they are recent, but a lot of times even older ones go pretty good if its a popular person.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:53 PM ET
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Thanks for all the replies!  Well, apparently I've been reading the wrong types of books! LOL I think all mine are the super popular ones and probably have hundreds of copies in the system... the one book I had requested was a GMAT guide book so that explains that!  I don't have any craft books, kids books, medical books, erotica books, paranormal books, etc. Maybe I will have to try to stock up on some at the local community garage sale this spring--they sell all books for 25cents each and I've found some great ones there!  I actually think I have a few books that are on the WL top 50, but I haven't been able to post them--for some reason I can't seem to part with them! How silly is that? lol  

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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:55 PM ET
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A lot of the cozy mysteries are snapped up pretty quickly, also. There are some very popular series out there.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:21 PM ET
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Before I post I put my books on my Reminder List, and if there are more than about 35-40 posted, I don't post and save them for the library book sale. 

I've found that cozy mysteries usually don't stay on my shelf long, however I have found that books mainly for men don't move very fast nor do children's books, although some people do have good luck with them.

Pat

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:47 PM ET
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History books move off my shelf pretty quickly and other peeps have already listed the genres that I was going to suggest.  Other authors who are generally WL: Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Moore, Hunter S. Thompson, Zane, S.M. Stirling.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 11:43 PM ET
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I hope you don't think I meant you should avoid reading those authors. I just meant that if you are going to thrift stores and such looking for cheap books to post: most likely anything by those authors will be heavily posted already and it'll just sit on your shelf.  When I joined I had a bunch of James Patterson and Patricia Cromwell books. I posted them all and ended up donating them to the thrift store.  I put them on my reminder list and there were hundreds of them each in various ISBNs. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Looking at your shelf it looks like you have a wonderful variety and think you should see some action on your shelf soon. You have a few that will have a lot of copies, but many that look like they will have demand without alot of them available. Just hold on, they will come:)

I get 3+ orders off of my shelf every week when I am not on hold, but I have a shelf of over 500 books so volume accounts for a lot of that.   I also have over 150 WL books that I am reading through and posting so I tend to get more traffic looking at my shelf. I am just now getting a steady steam of orders on the early posted ones that were quite popular and I have been here for a year and a half.

The heaviest ordered I get are paranormal, erotica, fantasy, cookbooks, and new historical romance or chick lit. Most books I pick up at the thrift store with a copy write less than 9 months old is usually wishlisted (excluding series romance).

Hang in there and hang out in the forum. People often look at the bookshelves of people posting and order directly from them knowing they are active around here. Happy Swapping!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 5:16 AM ET
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Trade paperbacks always seem to go off my shelf faster than HB or MMPBs. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:14 AM ET
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Just yesterday I relisted a book, "The Kitchen Boy" that has been out for years, and had four other copies already in the system. When I relisted it, I wrote a review, which showed up on the Home page. The result? By the end of the day, all of the copies of the book in the system, including my own, had been requested, I am sure spurred on by the review on the Home page.

I find that if I write my review first thing in the morning, before the site gets super busy, ithat review will often show up on the Home page and that book usually will move faster than normal. So write a review about a book you are enthusiastic about. Or enthuse about that book on the "Hidden Gems" forum (if indeed it IS a hidden gem!).

Good luck and welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:28 AM ET
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Also I think hanging out on the boards on a regular basis helps get orders. I know people have ordered books from bypassing FIFO because they see me here and know I won't let the request sit and sit.  I do the same thing. When I see someone has a 2 for 1 in their signature and they have books on my reminder list-I'll order from them.  I'll check out regular posters shelves before I order from FIFO.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:14 AM ET
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Maybe I'm just lucky but I haven't had a hard time with my Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson books moving, if anything I've found they tend to get asked for before I'm done witht them! lol  Although it may be because I have the entire series of books by the author & someone is looking for an easy way to pick up multiple books in a series (which is how I cam to own the whole series in the 1st place).  I've had Pattersons Women's Murder Club series on my shelf for about a month (1-6 with 7 in my TBR since it was WL'd when I got it) & I've gotten 3 BOB offers on them already.  I didn't put them on my TBR shelf figuring with FIFO they'd be on my shelf forever if I held them until I'd read them, but I had to move the ones I hadn't finished reading as I kept getting offers for them.

ETA: The books I've had the shortest time were new releases, cookbooks & some old Tarot books I found in storage.  When I cleaned my kitchen shelf that held my cookbooks I posted all the books I didn't use regularly (after having written down the few recipies I did turn to them for) & all but 2 books were WL'd.



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Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:57 AM ET
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My husband reads a lot of true crime type books about the Mafia and various organized crime people. They tend to go quickly as well. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I joined the site just a week ago with 12 books posted. Half of them were requested within three days of my joining. Four were fantasy books (two of those urban fantasy) and the other two were old required reading books for school. When I get a chance to post more books, I think I still have some old required reading books for school. One of my requestors who took a school book from me said she finds PBS is a great way to get books for her classroom. So, if you have any old school books, I would post those.

If its difficult to get rid of Stephen King books, my mom will be in trouble because she wants to join and I think most of what she'll get rid of is some of her Stephen King collection she hasnt read recently =3

Sally, that writing a review thing sounds like a great idea! Ill try that out next chance I get. Thanks for the tip!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:19 AM ET
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Wow, what great advice! You are all awesome! Some really, really good tips. I feel like I have a better idea of what to look for at the sale now, which is a huge help.  I actually had 2 requests when I woke up this morning! Yay!

BTW, what is a "cozy" mystery?

 

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:54 AM ET
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A cozy is a mystery with usually a female amateur sleuth and there's usually not graphic violence or sex.   Usually they take place in a small town or village.  Some examples that I can think of: MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin and Hamish McBeth series, Charlaine Harris' Aurora Teagarden series, Fran Rizer's Callie Parish series-books like that.  They aren't usually very long either.  No insane serial killers, no detailed gory forensics stuff.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:56 AM ET
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a cozy mystery is a light mystery, usually with a female that works in some other field (caterer, pet sitter, etc) that solves mysteries (who killed John Doe, etc)

some author examples are Diane Mott Davidson (although she has been around awhile and might fit into the lots of books in the system group), Sammi Carter, Maddie Hunter, Kate Collins, Lee Charles Kelly, Cleo Coyle, India Ink

www.stopyourekillingme.com is a great site and while it has more than just cozies you can do a search by job/career and if it isn't a police officer or inspector there is a good chance it is a cozy!

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