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Subject: Why aren't book descriptions being listed
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 3:09 PM ET
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I just finished posting four books without ISPN numbers and took the time to type the book description from the dust covers, but when I checked them out under the listed books the descriptions weren't there. I checked on some of the other books I've previously posted including those with ISPN numbers and those book descriptions weren't there either! Some of those I remember when I checked them when I first listed them, they had descriptions.

In checking quite a few books that have been posted I don't see any descriptions there either. I don't know about anyone else but when I'm looking for a book that I think I'd like to read, I'll run my cursor down the list to see the first part of a description and if it's interesting I'll go from there to decide if it's a book I'd like to read.



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 3:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 4:12 PM ET
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Well I don't what to tell you but maybe if you review the book that would help.  Then you can put the book description on the review.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 4:50 PM ET
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Yeah, some books have no cover image (I think they are working on that, but there are a lot so its hard to keep up).Many of those also have no descriptionIf someone copies the summary under their review, I have no prob with this, as there is no other description availible.I am so lazy, I know I can google the title or look it up on amazon, but it is handy to have it listed here!

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 5:19 PM ET
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I put in several books and went to the trouble to type in the description - but when I checked today, the description is not there.   They ask that you DO NOT put the description in the reviews!!!!!  It seems important not to do that to many on here.   I thought I was doing the right thing when I listed my "non ISBN" book and typed those descriptions.   Now it seems as if it didn't even matter.  

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 5:21 PM ET
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Have you guys let Sherry know you're having problems with the descriptions?  She can probably tell you what's wrong.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:06 PM ET
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I've had something of the same problem also. A lot of books on my shelf either didn't have covers or good descriptions or both, and I've been working at uploading pics and editing the listings. Some of the descriptions have appeared as soon as a couple of hours later. Some have appeared in very edited form -- meaning that most or all of what I typed into the description area was not used. And a few others have never appeared at all. 

They've all been taken directly from the book jacket, so I wouldn't think copyright was a problem, and none have been overly long. Just yesterday, I posted several books, then went back immediately to edit the titles and descriptions. Today, I can see that the titles are as I edited them, but there still is no description at all, so I guess I need to try it again. One day I will learn to save the edits on my harddrive, so all that's necessary to resubmit it copy and paste.

Sorry about the whining. I do appreciate all the work the moderators do, but sometimes I don't understand why things happen the way they do. I've read some other messages stating that books might move faster if our bookshelves were neater, but getting there is easier said than done. ;-)

And that said, I do love the PBS site, quirks and all. I've been having a lot of fun.

Pam

 

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:11 PM ET
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Pamela, I don't consider it whining, when you are trying to do something and the proper method isn't working! I wonder if this is somehow related to the slowness of the site the last day or so, as I just learned of this a while ago, and have never heard of it happening before today. I now how at least 3 of you telling me that your desc. are missing, and at least two are on manual entries, not regular edits.

Has anyone sent in feedback to PBS yet? I know someone has contacted me, but I don't want to send it up further, if someone else already has. If not, I will send in a combo feedback that includes a link to this topic, in case they want to see whose shelves are so far involved, and maybe find the books to see if they can see the problem that is causing this.

ETA: This appears to be happening to non-ISBN book entries, except for Pamela. If anyone else is having trouble would you please post your short-ISBNs?

PM me directly on issues with regular ISBN book descriptions rather than here, as I think they are probably two different issues. Pamela, I'm PM'ng you now



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 8:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:34 PM ET
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Not one book I've looked at today has a description.  This includes all the Black Lace that I did, and know for a fact that they were there yesterday.  Some of the say book description, and then nothing......

I sent R&R feedback about an hour ago.

 



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 8:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:47 PM ET
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Yes, I think something is wrong with the system.  Currently none of the random sampling of books I checked from my own shelf have a description.  I haven't posted any books in the last few days, so it's not a "new entry" problem.  While I can't swear that all of these books used to have a description, I know that many or most of them did, so it looks like a problem with the descriptions disappearing!

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:49 PM ET
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Sherry, it seems that the descriptions are missing from all the books.  I checked all the books on my shelf and wishlist and none have descriptions.  I also checked some of the books that people posted today and none of them have descriptions.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 8:58 PM ET
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I just checked the books that had reviews done recently and none of them had descriptions either. Looks like they are missing for some reason.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:05 PM ET
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Thank you for sending the feedback, I was just going to add that it's not just my books that have no description, it seems to be every book I've looked at today.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:06 PM ET
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I can confirm that a random clicking of books have turned up no descriptions.Weirdness

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:06 PM ET
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Yeah, I just found it too, Pamela PM'd me. Ok, I'm betting that they know they are not showing, but I'll send in a feedback to direct them to this topic, just in case. Don't everybody else do it too, they may be overflooded with them already! hahaha

Thanks for the heads up, Pamela!

ETA: I'm glad I paused to come look at the forums, I was approving, and I hope it didn't throw away the ones I just did!!! I decided not to do anymore until the site is finished with whatever bellyache it is having,



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 9:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:30 AM ET
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Please check your books now, the descriptions seem to be showing, including my non-ISBNs. Don't know what the problem was, I received nothing on it, they just are there now. Let me know if you have anything else missing :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:36 AM ET
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Yep, they're back!