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Subject: Where is my book in the FIFO queue?
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 12:28 PM ET
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Is there any way to see where your book is, in the queue?  Like is my book #2 or  #324 out of 400?  I have added books that I posted to my reminder list just to see how many copies are in the system, but I have some books that I would want to clean out if they never move up in the system.

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 12:44 PM ET
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Boy, don't we all wish. Unfortunately, no. sad

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 12:45 PM ET
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For books on your bookshelf, the only time you know where you are in the queue is when you post the book.  I sometimes put a post-it on the book with the date and position. 

Otherwise, the system does not track books posted.  Only our wishlist positions are documented.

Yesterday I posted a book into the system for swap, and noticed it was number 800-something.  I removed the book and tossed it in my Goodwill box.

Edited to correct - if you put a book on your bookshelf, also add it to your reminder list to view the number in the system.  Then make a note somewhere b/c this is the only time you will know.



Last Edited on: 8/19/12 1:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 1:35 PM ET
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Is this feature something new - knowing how many books there are when you add a book to your Bookshelf? I always check via the RL but that's an extra step I'd love to be able to eliminate.

My Shelf has been on vacation hold for a while, as I only post WL books these days so maybe I missed this feature.

GAil

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Date Posted: 8/18/2012 2:14 PM ET
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"Boy, don't we all wish. Unfortunately, no"  

yes

I really wish TPTB would make this feature available.

 

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 7:50 PM ET
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Before listing a book I add to my "Reminder List".  That will show you how many currently listed.  From there I decide to list or send to good will.

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 8:20 PM ET
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I had no idea that you could see that anywhere. Those are some very good ideas. Thanks for this thread and all the excellent posts. I'm a newbie, so I have a lot to learn. 

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 10:57 PM ET
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For books on your bookshelf, the only time you know where you are in the queue is when you post the book.  I sometimes put a post-it on the book with the date and position.

Is that really the case? I just posted a few books and it didn't say anything about where I was in the system.

Date Posted: 8/18/2012 11:25 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 8/21/12 12:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/19/2012 4:12 AM ET
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I always put a post-it note on the books that I post with the date and the position of the book on that date. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I received a request for a book that I had posted on January 9th, 2008 and it was the 343rd copy in the system when I posted it. :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2012 7:57 AM ET
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I started adding my book's position to my notes when I found out about the 'notes' last year. It's only a very rough guesstimate through time where my book will be but it's start.

I usually don't post books that have more than 10-15 copies, though.

GAil

Date Posted: 8/19/2012 10:18 AM ET
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The only way to know if to add it your RL at the same time that you posted to your bookshelf.

The info miht night be as helpful as you think. I've posted books with 100+ copies in the system and had them reqeusted from FIFO within a couple of weeks. I've also posted books where mine was the only copy or one of just a few and had it sit for years. 

I used to periodically go through my TBR pile and post books that had a bunch of copies in the system before I read them.  Not a lot at once and only ones that I was ready to read.  (don't post book #5 in a series if you are only book 1 for example).  I would read them while they worked their way up FIFO. But I am a quick reader and never keep books.  I wouldn't recommend it to someone who keeps every book they loved or doesn't have the time to read a book quickly. 

Now since I have limited space, a lot of credits, a huge TBR and a Kindle: I donate pretty much anything that isn't WL. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2012 10:18 AM ET
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The only way to know if to add it your RL at the same time that you posted to your bookshelf.

The info might not be as helpful as you think. I've posted books with 100+ copies in the system and had them reqeusted from FIFO within a couple of weeks. I've also posted books where mine was the only copy or one of just a few and had it sit for years. 

I used to periodically go through my TBR pile and post books that had a bunch of copies in the system before I read them.  Not a lot at once and only ones that I was ready to read.  (don't post book #5 in a series if you are only book 1 for example).  I would read them while they worked their way up FIFO. But I am a quick reader and never keep books.  I wouldn't recommend it to someone who keeps every book they loved or doesn't have the time to read a book quickly. 

Now since I have limited space, a lot of credits, a huge TBR and a Kindle: I donate pretty much anything that isn't WL. 



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Date Posted: 8/19/2012 3:29 PM ET
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Ok, thanks guys!  I was pretty sure there was no way to do that, but thought I'd check here anyway.  If they can do it for a wishlist (which I knew about), how hard could it be to add that sort of feature for your bookshelf?

Date Posted: 8/19/2012 7:01 PM ET
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I personally don't expect to see this feature ever. The reason that people give for wanting it is ALWAYS along the lines of wanting to use it so they know when to NOT post books to the site ... Which is against the best interests of the site owners. The site owners are interested in more books being posted to the site, not less. The more traffic, trades, etc that there are, on the site, makes it more successful and potentially valuable, maybe to investors, maybe to some types of advertisers, etc in the future. There is zero advantage to the site owners in helping people post less books to the site.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2012 12:32 PM ET
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Sara, you are sooooo correct!   And why SHOULD the site owners want to discourage people from posting their books in any way?  Especially if their logic is flawed because they decided not to post because they arbitrarily assumed there were already too many copies available here.

That being said, it also is also very true that the book that has 100 copies already in the system (which number if you knew it might cause you to not post the book here) will get requested faster than that offbeat book with only one copy in the system you posted because you felt certain it was one that SOMEONE here wouldn't be able to wait to have.

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 11:29 PM ET
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Good point, Sarah!  I hadn't thought of that.  And I guess books do move at different rates, but I'm seriously starting to wonder about a couple of mine.

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 11:36 PM ET
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I just got a book request I really didn't think FIFO would get down to me.
The Hours, quite popular a few years ago, then a second run when the movie came out.  Not sure there's too much active interest today, but it's a good book.  Probably on a lot of top 10 lists.
Checking just now, I see 230 of my particular version available.
I posted in maybe 2 years ago. I assumed I was in the middle of that FIFO pile.

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 12:07 PM ET
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Don't forget, though, that your book's spot in line is not the only factor that determines when it gets requested.  Folks can use that "Order More from Member" feature at any time, friends can choose to order directly from your shelf (as can Boxers, if you're into that), and Gold Key options allow you to request the copy that might arrive the fastest, all of which bypass the FIFO queue and can mean that your copy #1,004 of Angels and Demons might be requested tomorrow.  You just never know.

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 5:27 PM ET
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If a member's shelf is public, then anyone can order anything at any time.  So if your shelf is public and you post in the forums people can search your shelf.

And sometimes when I do a search for a particular book I get to a shelf and try to order more but find something that is more interesting than the book I originally searched for. So I end up ordering the other book but not the one I originally searched for, that was FIFO.  Othertimes, with a series or a particular author, I search for all the various books and look on all the shelves that come up before actually ordering so I can do a full order from whomever has the most (sometimes I get great deals when I do it this way).