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Subject: Wish-list question
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 3:19 PM ET
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About eight or nine  months ago I went looking for an old, very highly praised in its time book, Going Away by Clancy Sigal. Several months later, I got it, nearly new copy. Next to it, on my TBR list, immediately appered the notation that it was on someone's wishlist. First question is this: Is there any way to find out if it is still wishlisted short of posting the book?  And is it possible to find out just how many people have this book wishlisted?

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 3:22 PM ET
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John,

You can look the book up by its ISBN number and the book details page will tell you if there are currently wishers for it.  It if is still on your TBR, the W will still be there.  If you've rated it, you can look for the book on your BIR list and see if there is a W next to it.

 

ETA: there are 2 wishers for the only version in the PBS system.



Last Edited on: 7/18/10 3:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 3:46 PM ET
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If you just imput the ISBN for a book it'll bring up the listing which will say if there are wishers or not.  It'll say 0 wishers for a book that isn't available to order but also has no one currently wishing. 

I keep all my books on my TBR pile and that shows a W for anything WL. Although sometimes it's off a little.  If a book has 0 wisher it will sometimes show up with a W.  I think this might be because there's a pending transaction and it until that pending transaction is completed it thinks it's still. WL.  Or maybe the only wisher is on hold so the system thinks it's WL even though the WL is on hold.  But for the most part it's accurate. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 3:55 PM ET
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Thanks, not my question gets more complicated. When I wishlisted the book, I had in mind getting maybe a better copy of one I had. The one I have/had is the original 95 center published by Popular Library in 1961. It does not have an ISBN and can be best described as marginally postable. (well-worn, spine tried to break away between p 194 and 195, but I skilfully repaired it) .

I am re-reading this book for the third time and anew I am impressed by its power. A long picaresque journey like On The Road, but the narrator describes a serious soul-searching and examination of the state of American civilization as he sees it, 1956. If whoever has it wishlisted wants it, I will send it to them on my dime. But I don't want any rwap FO SHO. So how might I go about getting that done? Again, I don't require a credit for this book. I would like for all serious readers to read it.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 5:17 PM ET
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From your description, this one sounds like it falls in the "end of the road" gray area. Conditions state books should not be "excessively worn" - if you feel you might be pushing it on that, you're at least 50% likely to get into an RWAP situation with a disappointed recipient. Or, you might get a more ... charitable person who marks it received, under the theory "every book reaches the end of its trading road" instead.



Last Edited on: 7/18/10 5:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 5:52 PM ET
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You could put it in your signature or in teh book bazaar and offer it as a freebie with or without an order from your shelf.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 9:32 PM ET
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Thanks all. I must not have made myself clear. I want to send it to someone who really wants to read Going Away. Meanwhile, I have heard from that person and will send him the book. For free. I like my books (some more than others). I don't make deals. I swap one for one. Occasionally, very ocassionally, [one of these must be spelled right] I give one to someone if Ilike the cut of their jib.

Thanks again, everyone, for just the information I wanted.