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Subject: What's the longest....
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 10:53 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2009
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that a book has been on your bookshelf? I've just got started here but from the looks of it, some will be here a long time. LOL! Either lack of interest or to many already in the system. How long before you just give them to charity instead?

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 10:58 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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Some of the books I posted when I first joined a few years ago, were just requested in the last couple of weeks.  I don't tend to take books off my shelf once posted, I just let the system do its thing. 

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 11:42 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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It depends on how much storage space you have.  If you are very tight on storage space and only have room for X number of books, I guess it makes sense to remove books that haven't been requested so you can add newer, more in demand books.  But if you have the space, the books will be ordered eventually.  I also had a couple requested recently  that had been on my shelf practically since I joined.  Just make sure you store them somewhere where they won't get damp or otherwise damaged.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 12:33 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I joined in February of 2007 and within the last 6 months I have finally had requests for the last of my originally posted books -- keeping in mind that when I posted them, there were hundreds before me in the system! They will ultimately be requested, it is just a matter of how long you want to hold on to them! They other thing that happens with heavily posted books is that someone will request them as part of a multiple book order long before they would have reached #1 in FIFO -- my philosophy has always been that the more books you have on your shelf, the more chance you have of someone requesting more than one book and it seems to work as I regularly have people requesting 2 or 3 additional books with their original request! But as others have said before me, it all comes down to how much space you have to store your books.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you're tired of looking at them or space is an issue then offer a deal on them.  You could also look into being a boxer to trade them for other books you haven't read yet.

I removed a bunch of books from my shelf and donated them last year but that was before a big cross country move. If I wasn't moving I would have kept them listed.  But I have plenty of storage space for them.  I post a lot of WL books and find that frequently people add a heavily posted book to the order. I think it's because, in my experience, it's the heavily posted books that tend to time out with no response more often.  So when people see one they want on the shelf of someone who is already sending them a WL book they add it knowing it probably won't time out.  I've also traded a lot of them through box of books. Now granted the ones I get for them are usually other heavily posted books-but they're ones I didn't read and I didn't have to spend a credit on them.