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Subject: Wish Lists and Choosing Books to Post
Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:00 PM ET
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For my first nine books, I went through my library and selected books that were on one or more members' wish lists.  Is that the best way to post books that are likely to be requested?

Also, since each of the nine was on someone's wish list, I should expect to get requests right away.

Are there any other tips for choosing which books to post?

Thanks,

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:08 PM ET
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Al,

You have your profile/book list marked "private,"  so we are unable to view your bookshelf.   I don't know if that's intentional, but if you want people to be able to order from you, you need to make your bookshelf public. 



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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:09 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:43 PM ET
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Is there any easy way to get a list of what books are being wished for?  I would love to be able to print a list and have it handy if I'm out at a book sale....

 

thanks

jackie

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 3:13 PM ET
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There are too many books wled to have a printable version. Its just not feasible to print them out. At one time when there was prpbably about 1/4 less on the list I went through and found all the books in the horror genre that had more than 10 people wishing for them and printed it out. It was 13 pages.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 5:01 PM ET
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On the Community Link above, click on "Top 50" in that pull-down menu.  There is a list there of the Top 50 books most wishlisted.  You can print that out.  It won't give you every single book WLed on the site but at least you'll get the top 50 to hunt for. 

I've been a member for almost 2 years and sometimes I can make a good guess if a book is wishlisted or not.  I do know historical fiction (Jean Plaidy, Phillippa Gregory, etc.) is a popular genre and also cozy mysteries.  Harry Potter books usually seem to be in demand, esp. since no. 7 came out, and the newest mainstream novels from popular authors.  The more variety of genres you have on your shelf the more requests you'll get.  You can also "advertise" on Book Bazaar.  You can choose to do "2 for 1" specials if you want or not. Classics and Christian fiction sometimes go quickly, as do some cookbooks and craft books. 

Sometimes on Book Bazaar people will post a message about books they're looking for.  I always check those out and if I have what they're looking for, I'll reply or send a friendly PM.  I've earned myself quite a few credits that way, as well as "meeting" some really great members. 

Have fun!

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 5:10 PM ET
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You can use PBS Mobile on your cell phone to search the club wish list on the spot when you are buying books.  I did this at a library sale and it worked pretty well.  

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 6:22 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:34 PM ET
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I didn't know you could make your bookshelf  private!  Why would you want to?

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:38 PM ET
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Yeah, I don't get the private bookshelf thing either.  Can't see any advantage to having it that way.  And I'm with you Sue, I didn't even know you could do it.  I guess its true you learn something new everyday ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:38 PM ET
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Yeah, I don't get the private bookshelf thing either.  Can't see any advantage to having it that way.  And I'm with you Sue, I didn't even know you could do it.  I guess its true you learn something new everyday ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

Sorry about the double post ----------- My cat sat on the keyboard just after I hit submit so I guess he submitted it a second time.

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:52 PM ET
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Just post all the books you are ready to get rid of at one time. If they are wish listed then you'll get orders pretty quickly.  After I took care of that I ran some of my to be read books through the search. It'll tell you if they are people waiting for these books. I discovered I have about 20 books that there are lines for already. So I've moved those up in priority for reading.  Put some damaged freebies and some 2 for 1 type deals in your signature and makes some posts.  That'll help your sales as well.  I finally did that yesterday and I had 5 orders withing a couple hours.  Plus I'm getting rid of some unpostable but still readable books at the same time.

 

You can search for wish listed books by genre, author, title etc...,  I searched my fave categories and wrote down the names of some books that I've been wanting to read that are wish listed by others.  I've got several great used books stores around here and I'm going to keep an eye out for them.  Or I might just buy them new, knowing I can trade them quickly once I've read them.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:53 PM ET
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You won't get any sales if no one can view your booklist.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 8:07 AM ET
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Well, if the books he's posting are wishlisted books, he WILL get requests...and even if your lists are private, the books on them are still part of the FIFO system (first in, first out)...so he will get orders eventually when it's "his turn" in the line for a request...it just means no one can order directly from his bookshelf.

There might be all kinds of reasons someone would want their bookshelf and/or wishlist private, but I agree it is a pretty unusual thing.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 9:59 AM ET
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I agree to post any book you want to get rid of.  I received several boxes full from my parents and posted them all.  I've been surprised at what books have been requested.  I know some never will be but it doesn't hurt because you just never know.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 10:17 AM ET
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You have your profile/book list marked "private,"  so we are unable to view your bookshelf.   I don't know if that's intentional, but if you want people to be able to order from you, you need to make your bookshelf public.

Whoa!  Thanks, SurfGIrl!  I just made it public. 

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 10:52 AM ET
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You're welcome!  

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 11:10 AM ET
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I just post the books I'm ready to part with.  Some get taken right away, other's have sat for the duration of my membership, which is only a few months old, but, still they sit.  I figure the day I take them off my shelf someone will want them - ha ha.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 11:12 AM ET
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I've asked the same question for the same reason, and no satisfactory answer, but looking at the top 50 wished-for books gives you a good idea. Also, cookbooks are in big demand, as are more recent travel books. (why anyone wants a 5-6 year-old travel book is beyond me!).

There are so many Grishams already listed I did not even post those, and there are a few others like that. But it seems "smaller" authors, especialy mystery/thrillers, with several books, go fast, wanted by people who've read one and want more.....

But go ahead and post all you can; I'm regularly surprised at which ones of mine get requested.



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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 12:32 PM ET
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I've only posted my first nine so far -- I want to make sure everything works as expected, and I understand the system before I do more.  Once I've sent one or two I'll list tons more books.

But I'm not clear on the wish list system.  If I understood correctly, eight of the nine books I posted were wishlisted by one or more members.  The help says:

 

  • When you post a book that another member is wishing for:
  • The book will be offered to the member immediately; an auto-email alert will be sent.
  • Your account will show the notation below:
    Reserved On: (date)
    Status: Waiting 48 hours for other member
    to confirm that they still want this book.

 

yet  I haven't seen anything like that nor any orders.  Am I missing something, did I do something wrong, or am I just being too impatient.

Thanks,



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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 12:48 PM ET
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The ISBN numbers need to match exactly, also if your books are hardback and the requests want paperback (or vise-versa), that makes a difference too.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 3:21 PM ET
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Also, if you post a title that is wishlisted under a different ISBN number, an email may go out to those wishing for that book under a different number, telling them that a similar book has been posted.  They have the option of checking it out and ordering it if they want that version.  This is a feature that can be turned off, though, so you can't count on it.  Also, the person may just not want your version.

I just posted a book that I found on the club wishlist, but it didn't come up as Waiting for Member or as a 1-hour hold, so I guess I have a different ISBN.  Maybe in the next couple of days someone will choose it.

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