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Subject: Wish LIst Question
Date Posted: 8/10/2007 3:42 PM ET
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 I have literally 100s of almost all fiction books I would not mind sending out, if I knew there was a desire for them. I really need to clean out my shelves!

 Is there any way to scan wish lists, maybe even by fiction or not, other than just going to wish list, and seeing if each individual book I have, is listed by someone?



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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 3:58 PM ET
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I don't think there is any way to scan the ISBNs on books to check them.  You can just post them in batches and see which ones go onto Wish List holds.   Also, even if they're not on Wish Lists now, there may still be a demand for them--people don't know what books they want until they see them sometimes, and yours will come up on Books Posted Today, which I know I cruise a lot, looking for interesting books.

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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 4:40 PM ET
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 I have to admit to laziness.....it just seems so troublesome to type in all those numbers!!! I know there are too many Grishams to be worth listing; I was just kind of hoping there might be an easier way .......

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 6:09 PM ET
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LOL seriously, like if you could just wave the book by your computer.  Maybe someday...

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 7:11 PM ET
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Actually, since libraries have been doing that for years, that isn't a half bad idea.  I'm sure it would not be fun from a coding standpoint, though, and you'd have to have a barcode reader but ... heck, those of us with tons of books and lazy fingers might find it worth the trouble.

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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 7:44 PM ET
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It's actually not that hard to scan books, but you have to have a barcode reader. Barcode readers come with software that can insert the numbers they read into a column of an Excel spreadsheet or even into a text file. After that, you can use the PBS feature to Post a File of ISBNs on the Post Books tab in your My Account page. There's no way to know if something's on a wish list without posting it, but you know when I first joined I had a lot of Nora Roberts books and I think they're all gone now, so even the ones with lots of copies do move eventually.

If you don't happen to have a barcode reader, you can find one on eBay for anywhere from $20 to $500. Or it might be easier to type the ISBNs directly into a file and post that, rather than using the Post Multiple page. You could even pay someone to do it -- like if you happen to have a child (your own or a niece or nephew or neighbor kid) wanting to earn a few extra bucks during the last weeks of summer.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 8:38 PM ET
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The problem with posting a file of ISBNs (as someone has noted on these forums in the past) is that while it's convenient, you don't have the usual "Check the book listing" page to be sure your book on Psychopathic Murders of the 20th Century  isn't being listed as Chicken Soup for the Tax Collector's Soul or something like that.

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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:14 PM ET
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That's true Liese, you'd have to be willing to double check the listings when you send them out. You might have more cancellations that way, but I've never found a book that didn't list correctly with its ISBN. I know we read about those cases a lot on the forums, but I'll bet that's actually a pretty small percentage of the total.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:26 PM ET
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You could also check the club wish list.  You can search that by clicking the "Search" tab at the top of your account page and scroll down to the wish list.  In addition, you can try subscribing to the Daily Digest.  This is delivered to your e-mail daily and contains a listing of the books that were posted and asked for from the previous day.  You can sigh up for this under your account settings tab.  The daily digest is an option right under the My Account that pops up on that page.  You will want to select specific genres that your books are from, so that you don't get a list of a thousand or so books that are posted each day.  If you have too many genres, try just looking for a couple for a week or so, then change the genre settings.  These two options may give you a better idea of the books people are wanting.

 

 

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 11:31 PM ET
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Cathy, I do upload by the file of ISBNs, I have a bar code scanner, BUT I do have atleast 1-4 books on every 50 that come in either wrong binding or wrong something. Usually it's the binding issue. I only do 50 at a time, so that I can easily check them. They come up 50 on a page when you sort by date, but not in any alph or time order, so to save my sanity, I only do 50 at a time so that I can manually check them.

Waiting until they are ordered is not a good nor proper idea, IMHO. They should be checked immediately so that people don't order the wrong book. If you do them always this way, and list a lot, and then constantly have people complaining because you listed the wrong binding, I would think that would get your account flagged, and R&R would comment at the very least to you on it. I'd hate to see them take away that priveledge just because people don't use it responsibly. (Not that I'm saying you don't, just commenting on what I believe to be a responsible need to check the books when they are listed)

Date Posted: 8/11/2007 9:40 AM ET
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 Joy, that Daily Digest sounds like a good idea. My genres are fairly limited, so that would eliminate a whole lot that doesn't work for me, right off the bat! I never knew about that, I will try it. Thanks to all for ideas _ and for understanding!

  (Hiring a kid to type in would be good, now I have to find a kid....LOL)



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