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Subject: Wish Lists: How Long Do You Stay With It?
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:02 PM ET
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I'm curious to know how long any one here stays on the Wish List for a book. I see some books have up to 100 or 200 members waiting for a copy and I'm wondering if anyone has been (and stayed) with such a lengthy list; or do you eventually break down and buy the book; or what was the quickest long WL line you've been in. It seems like a book with even more than 50 requests would take ages to go through all the requests.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:38 PM ET
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It all depends on the book. If it's a popular book then the wishlist with 200 people is going to go a lot faster than an obscure book with 2 people on the list.

Also many of the lengthy lists are books that haven't even been published yet so the list is just being added to but no books are being put in the system.

There are so many variables. But a wishlist of 50 for a new best seller isn't really that bad. Case in point, when Michael Connelly's Brass Verdict was finally released I was in the 40s. I think I got it well within 3 months.

I've been on wishlists where I was No. 400 or so for a paperback and once the book was released I got the book in what I would consider a reasonable amount of time .... maybe 6 months or less. 

I have so much to read that I truly don't even worry about where I am  in line. If it's something that's wishlisted and I see it at the used book store I go to I'll get it,  or at the Friends of the Library store I volunteer at I'll get it there too. Because it's cheap.

Rarely will I break down and go to Borders or such to buy it ... there are exceptions ... like the new Lauren Willig book. I'm actually pretty close to the front of the line since I put it on my wishlist a long time ago and it was just released a few days ago.  But I really want to read it NOW! :) So I'm going down tonight or tomorrow to pick it up.

The best thing to do is just put it on your wishlist. If you end up getting just remember to take it off.



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:39 PM ET
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It depends on the book. Some take years, some go through quick, within a few months. I will rarely buy a book, so I wait it out unless it is a must have. Those I don't usually add to my wl though, since I know I will buy them.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:39 PM ET
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Books that are recently published will usually move quickly. I remember being quite surprised at how fast I got Lover Enshrined.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:14 PM ET
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I can't remember the farthest down the WL I've been and gotten the book..I have some I'm over 100 on the list and I'll probably wait it out..others I break down and buy..so my WL is basically stuff I'd like to get and it's either OOP and megabuck used or it's not something I'm ready for right then and there.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:21 PM ET
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I don't think I've ever been that far back on a list.  I think the longest one I've been at the end of was 80 something people, but I've gotten many of those much sooner than some of the stuff I'm #10 or less for.  Like others have said, it depends on what it is.  You'll sit for years at #5 for an out of print book, and get a new release you were 100 something in line for within a couple of months.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:48 PM ET
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I'm # 1 on a book I've been waiting on for a whole year.  What a bummer.  But I'm waiting with my fingers crossed.  Seriously., if I want to read something,  I don't wait.  In this case, I just want to have a copy of the book (which is out of print) and I remember loving it years ago.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:57 PM ET
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I have some pretty obscure books on my wish list because even the used price for them is too high for me to buy.  With a TBR pile of over one hundred books, I figure I can wait for almost anything.  Newer books do really move fast.  I mailed a book a month ago that had over 800 people wishing and now there are only 600.  That is almost 200 copies in circulation just on this web site (and probably a few who deleted and maybe bought a copy).   I have moved up on every wish listed book in the past 4 months except 2.  There are several books I deleted from my wish list just this weekend because I was close to being next and I realized that I was no longer interested in using my points for that book.

Give it some time and you can get almost any book with a modest following.  I got a brand spanking new erotica one month after publication and I was 35 on the list.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I've got one I've been #1 on the WL for a year and a half now that I doubt will ever be posted.  Others, I've waited in the 100's and it's been 6 months or so.

I do go thru my WL sometimes and see what the books cost used online.  If it's only a couple of $$, I'll buy it.  If not,  I'll wait out the WL.  If I REALLY REALLY want the book, I'll break down and buy it.  I have so much to read, I'm content to wait out the WL on most stuff.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:33 PM ET
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I have been #100's and plus and got the books fairly quick. At the same time, I constantly check my library for them as well. If they are at my library, I will take myself off the WL.

I broke down a few times and just bought the books myself, though.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:36 PM ET
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To me it depends on the book.  If it's a new release from a popular author, that I know will move quickly and be heavily posted in a short time-then I buy it and read it and post it as WL.  This is books like Some Like It Wicked by Teresa Medeiros.  When I first looked the book up on here it had over 100 people on WL.  When I won it in a game a week or two later it had 30+ people on WL.  By the time the book arrived-there were over 30 posted into the system.  The only reason it had a long WL was because it had never been released before and everyong jumped on the line quite a while before it was out.

If it's a higher priced book that I know will always be on WL but steadily moving (Ellorascave type books, Lora Leigh books etc...,) then I usually just WL them and wait because they move pretty steadily and I know when I'm ready to repost it'll most likely still be WL. 

For OOP/HTF books: I WL and then keep an eye out for them at UBS and Thrift stores.  I recently had 2 OOP/HTF Elizabeth Boyle books posted to me that had been on my WL for over a year.

Also if it's part of a series and I have later books in the series: I'll just buy the book or try to get it from the library instead of waiting for it on WL.  I had a hard time getting a copy of Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris. I read the 1st 2 books and had 4,5 and 6. But for some reason they didn't release #3 at the same time as the others.  I had it on my WL here for quite a while.  I couldn't find a used copy that I was willing to pay the unreasonable $$ they wanted.  I waited for several weeks in line for it at the library but I finally got it only to have it be reissued. 



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:41 PM ET
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Also sometimes I just buy the book new.  Someone has to buy them and post them to keep the WL lines moving.  Also if we want to see our favorite author's continue to get published then they need to to have best sellers.  So Iike to support some of my favorites by buying at least some of their books new.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 1:03 AM ET
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Some books are out of print.  

Trade paperbacks seem to move slower than MMPBs.  Big names move much faster.

I also don't post new releases from smaller presses or newer writers until they are several months old in hope that folks will buy the book, giving money and credit to the author.  After about 6 months, when the book isn't at the bookstores anymore, I'll post it.  That also gives me a window to decide if a book I bought new is a keeper or not. 

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Also sometimes I just buy the book new.  Someone has to buy them and post them to keep the WL lines moving.  Also if we want to see our favorite author's continue to get published then they need to to have best sellers.  So Iike to support some of my favorites by buying at least some of their books new.

Me too.  When the WLs on new releases start moving, you know it's because somebody is buying them new & then posting them, so while I can't afford to do this for all of them, I try to buy and then post at least one or two that I want in there whenever there's a batch of new releases out.  Some of those I do end up keeping, but I will usually find a used copy somewhere locally and post it.  I did this with Duke of Shadows several times - I found a couple of extra copies at my regular UBS and posted them.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:28 AM ET
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I have some books on my WL that have been there almost as long as I've been a member here.  Interestingly enough, the ones that I've had WLed the longest have the shortest WLs- there are a few that I have been #1 for over a year.  They are just harder to find books- one is out of print.  The rest- I just wait on them most of the time.  It's pretty rare for me to end up buying a new book, although there are exceptions...yesterday I broke down and bought Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr, because that series is one of my favorites and I just didn't want to wait through 24 more people on the WL before I get to read it.  That's why some of the WLs move so quickly, because people like me get impatient, lol!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 12:01 PM ET
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For me it depends on the book.  If its part of a series I'm collecting, unless I got in way early I usually just go buy it. (Like the Virgin River series)  A lot of the popular books people will go buy and post so even if you're #250, you should get it within a few months.  Then there's always that "other" book request site I've actually gotten a few of my WL books at, half.com and ebay.  I think it just depends on how badly you want the book!

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 12:53 PM ET
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Yep, for me it all depends on how much I want the book.  If it's a new release and I wasn't lucky enough to be low on the WL (for me that's 50 or less), then I just bite the bullet and buy it new or used.  The good news (at least for not yet released books), is that if you keep checking the thread here titled "New Books to Wishlist" (or something like that),  you can get on a new book's WL right away with a low number.   The trick is to keep checking that thread, and also check your favorite authors here for any newly listed/upcoming books.  That has really helped me, big time. 

LOL I missed the boat on quite a few books when I first joined (last July) though - the most spectacular example of this is an anthology titled  Not That Innocent .  When I signed up for that book in October, I was at number 512!  Now, 3 months later, I'm at 486 out of 598.  I've only moved up the list by 16 points.  On the other hand, another book Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, Bk 5)  by Lara Adrian has moved up 94 for me, in the same length of time.  It just depends.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Yep it really depends for me too. Usually if I want the book I will WL it, even if the line is 500+ long. Then I will keep an eye out for it at book sales, thrift stores or the like, If I see it then I will buy it there and take it off my WL. Or if the WL list line moves faster then I find it so much the better. There are some authors that I just give in and buy new: Patricia Briggs, JR Ward, Charlaine Harris, I just bite the bullet and buy new. You will be surprised how fast some new releases (especially romances) can move thorugh PBS. Older books (even those with only 2-3 wishers) may never come up.
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 5:44 PM ET
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I just got in 2 books that have been on my WL for maybe more than a year! And I've been in the #2 spot for The Bronze Horseman for months and months. I'm not in a huge hurry to read it, so I'm content to wait. I've also gotten some in that I've waited only a couple of months. And, like the others, sometimes I'll just buy it rather than wait - today I found audio books of 2 new releases I had on my WL  - so I bought/downloaded them and took them off my WL! I had no idea that the audio would be released before the book!

I don't have a specific "plan" for buying, like, every other one I buy, but sometimes I've just come across them at the supermarket or Walmart and bought them, then posted after I'm done. Someone has to buy them, right?? If I'm in no hurry to read it, then I can wait for those that do buy them to post them.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 7:13 PM ET
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I was about 170 for Suzanne Brockmann's Into the Fire and received it a few weeks ago (I had put it on my list in the summer). Now granted, I may have moved up the list because some people passed or bought the book, but still....pretty darn good. I decided I couldn't wait though to read Dark of Night and just got it from Amazon in the mail today.

 

On the other hand, the first book I put on my wishlist when I joined a little over a year ago was just posted to me a few weeks ago also. On that book, I was 1 of 1. So you never know :)

Subject: Thanks Everyone!
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:24 PM ET
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Hi everyone - I appreciate all the feedback.  I've only been here since the end of August so much of what's going on here is still new to me. My WL is very short, mainly HCs of books I've already read in paperback but want the sturdiness of a hardcover. I have to admit that one of my wishlist requests was fulfilled within a couple of weeks of my posting it (a HC of Deborah Smith's HOT TOUCH, one of my all-time favorites) so I do know the feeling of getting a book almost right away. When I'll get the others on my list is anyone's guess - but it could be any time so every time I check my e-mails I'm always hoping for one from PBS. Again, thanks for your input; I see the Wish List with a new perspective. 

One quick question again: if I post on the other thread (is this on your wish list), how does that work? I know it's done privately between members rather than listing a book on one's Bookshelf then the system connects the book with the first person on the wait list, but how does the credit thing happen: the person receiving the book gives the credit 'manually'  before or after the book is sent instead of having the system do all the work? Has anyone been burned? I have a few WL books I'd like to add to my Bookshelf but would be better to post them on the forum for it? Thanks, Gail

 



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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:30 PM ET
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Gail, the Is This on your WL thread is completely optional.  We started it because we were tired of WL books just sitting there and rolling over from requestor to requestor before someone confirms that they still want it.  If you want to put a list of WL books you are ready to post there, that's entirely up to you.  I guarantee that they'll get snatched up right away and be on auto-request. 

Anyone that wants your book will PM you and let you know they have the book on their WL and would like it.  You then go to their WL and use the "post this book" link from that page to post the book directly to that person.  The next page will say you are posting this book directly to that person.  So, it's all done thru the PBS system and they don't have to buddy you the credit for the book at all.  You accept the request and then can print the wrapper and mail the book out.

I post some WL books on that thread, others I just post into the system so the first person on the WL gets it.  Whatever I feel like that day.  For every WL book I get from that thread, I try and post one that way.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 8:35 AM ET
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I can "afford" to stick with it forever, if need be.  I have more than enough books to read as it is. 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 3:03 PM ET
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I've been getting WL books left and right the last couple weeks, so who knows. I keep my list pretty pared down, but I wait for certainbooks. Others, I go buy because I can't wait to read them after a while! :)

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:27 PM ET
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I've been getting WL books left and right the last couple weeks, so who knows.

I wonder if there's a holiday spike in new members or something, because I have gotten several WL books this month too, some of them I've waited for over a year!

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