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Subject: Wish lists?
Date Posted: 4/24/2010 1:28 PM ET
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Is there a way to search for books that are in demand or on wish lists?  I have about 500 books that I need to get rid of but do not want to list them all!  I will be bringing some of them to goodwill but would like to put the wanted ones on there.  THanks!

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 1:30 PM ET
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It's not something I've done, but I think if you but the book on your TBR list, it'll show you what's WL'd, and even which ones are on autorequest.

Or you could to to the tabs above, and chose [Search] and [Club Wish List] and type in the ISBN's one at a time. It'll show you if anyone has that ISBN on their WL.

But I'd try the TBR possibility first. Then you can keep an eye on books that might go to WL later.

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Date Posted: 4/24/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 8/10/10 8:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/24/2010 2:28 PM ET
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I just logged all my books into the TBR pile. It takes some time unless you have them on the computer somewhere where you can upload them to PBS.  It'll put a W on any WL books. I would just log a bunch in until I had enough WL ones to post in my postage budget and then add more as I had time, postage money or needed credits.

You could also use the reminder list.  The RL won't put a W for WL books but you can sort it to show which books are availalbe in the system and which aren't.  The benefit to this way would be that anything not WL will show how many copies are in the system. So you if you need to get them out of hte house you can make a pile of the heavily posted ones.  Then just post the ones that are 0 posted a few at a time as you want orders.

Last Edited on: 4/24/10 2:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/24/2010 4:17 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I use the bookmark import tool. Simply list the ISBNs of all your books, then bring them first into your Reminder list, so that you can see how many copies are already in the system, or if they are WL'd or not.

Then, remove the numbers of those that have a zillion copies more than you want to post, and reimport the list, this time to your bookshelf.

Personally, I only import 50 books at a time because of the way PBS mixes up the books if you do more than fits on one page. By doing only 50 at a time, you can double check the bindings and titles to make sure there are none that have been previously listed differently than your edition.

It 1) keeps you from posting a book that has 800+ copies 2) helps you monitor how many WL books you post at a time, so that you can keep a handle on how much postage you are spending per pay period.

The bookmark import feature does not work on IE 6 or 7, and unless I send you the correction, it will not import any ISBN that ends with an X. I need to remember to send that to PBS again, it's been done before, but apparently got lost.

This feature is listed under the Member Tools link at the bottom of the page, in the first column. Then it's on the upper half of the page. Click on it, and it gives you some basic instructions, which you may not understand, but if you just do what it says, you actually will come out fine, even  if you don't understand it :)

If you have any questions about the bookmark import feature, or uploading books by the filefull, let me know. I'm online a lot, and always glad to help others learn how to use these great tools (especially if they have Fantasy Fiction books, and let me know and let me look first!) hahahaha J/K'ng :)

ETA: Thamk you, Mary, you are right, putting them on your RL does not show if they are WL'd, but if they have 0 copies in the system, I click the title to see if it is. This is close enough to serving two jobs at once for me. Because, I'm usually more interested in not posting the 400th copy of a book than I am worrying about posting too many WL books :)

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Date Posted: 4/24/2010 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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I just use the advanced search feature and choose to search the Wish Listed books only.

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 8:15 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Since you already have these books, you owe it to yourself to check them all out in the PBS system.  Even if there aren't any wishers, lots of books are popular and if there aren't hundreds of them in the system they will go quickly.  And you might be surprised that many non-fiction books move very quickly.  History, travel, some cookbooks, how-to's, etc., are quick movers.  So give them a chance if you have them. 

When I joined I'd just cleared out all the books I'd read and have been behind all the way on having credits.  I've bought at least half of the credits I've used.  So sad.  But I'm so glad I could!  You're in a much better position since you already have a large bookshelf.


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