The symbol appears to the left of items on individual Hold. Items on hold cannot be seen by other members looking at your Bookshelf. Books get onto your Bookshelf on hold when you mark them received, or when you apply the Individual Hold to them.
The symbol appears to the left of items that are listed as available for swapping. These items can be viewed by others looking at your Bookshelf.
You can convert a book "on hold" to an "available" book by clicking to place a checkmark in the box to the far RIGHT of the item on your Bookshelf and clicking Post at the top of the page to post the book. You can do this at one time for multiple items on one page of your Bookshelf if you like.
means the book has a request in process (it takes an hour to be submitted to you - this "buyer's remorse" period allows requestors to change their minds and cancel with a minimum of confusion for the sender)
Stars allow you to rate a book from 1 (Hate it) to 5 (Love it) stars. Just click the star that you are choosing - if you want to give a book a 4-star rating, click the fourth star from the left. You can clear your rating by clicking the . The star rating that will appear on the Book Details page for a book in the database is an average of all ratings members have given to the book. Yellow stars are your ratings of a book. Blue stars are the average rating of all members in the club who have rated this book. If the stars on a book listing are grey, that means no one has yet rated the book.
- blue stars = the club average rating
- yellow stars = you have rated the book
When you mark a book received, the book will go onto your Bookshelf on hold, unless you choose for this not to happen at the time of marking the book received.
- Choosing "All Books" (default view) will show all items
- Choosing "Posted Books" will show only active items
- Choosing "Hold" will show only those items on hold
Note: When you view the listing for a book in the database that is currently posted to your Bookshelf, you will not see the button. Instead you will see the option to mail the book to a friend; this is to prevent members from requesting books from themselves. Others who view the book listing in the database will see the button, and will be able to request your book.
allows you to edit the "Header" at the top of your Bookshelf where you can write a message to those viewing the Bookshelf. Read more about the Bookshelf Header in The Bookshelf Header.
allows you to see what your Bookshelf looks like to members viewing it - you can see how your Header appears to others using this button.
View menu: This dropdown menu allows you to show or not show the books currently on Hold on your Bookshelf. The options are: All Books (= posted + on hold); Posted Books (= only posted books); Books on Hold (= only books currently on hold)
: This will download your bookshelf as a CSV file to your computer's hard drive.
: This will take you to a printable view of your bookshelf, with the book title, author, ISBN-13 and ISBN-10 listed. Book cover images will not be on the printable view. Click Print at the top of the printable view to print.
Allows you to sort (display) your bookshelf in various ways. The default display is alphabetically (A-Z) by title. To sort your bookshelf, click this button and make your choice from the options that come up. Your new Sort will remain until you ReSort again, even if you log out of your account in the meantime. Sort options include:
: Allows you to search your Bookshelf. This is a keyword search; you can put in author, title, ISBN, booktype, genre or subject. Click this button in the yellow bar at the top of your bookshelf and enter a keyword in the field that comes up, then click Search.
Mark : Allows you to check the boxes next to ALL of the items on the current page of your Bookshelf. Once you have marked items on your Bookshelf, you can then apply actions (Hold, Post, Delete) to them.
Mark : This removes all checkmarks you may have applied (= lets you start over)
: This will post any checked books on the Bookshelf page you are viewing.
: This will put any checked books on that Bookhelf page on Hold. Please note that this is NOT the same as applying a Vacation Hold to your Bookshelf. This "individual hold" will unpost the book and change its "posted on" date; when you repost, the "date posted" will be the date of the reposting. Using a Vacation Hold will not affect the "posted on" date of a book. Once the"posted on" date has been changed, it cannot be undone.
: This will delete any checked books on that page. Once deleted, the book can be restored to your Bookshelf only by reposting them. Note: If you have clicked "I cannot mail" on a request, or have clicked "Cancel Order" on an active outgoing transaction, or the system has canceled your transaction for failure to mark a book mailed by the deadline, the book will have been automatically removed from your Bookshelf.
Allows you to write a Review of your book for other members to read. This is particularly helpful to requestors if the listing in the PBS database does not include a synopsis of the book. Even if the book information on the listing includes a synopsis, requestors often really like to hear what another member thought of the book! Information about your particular copy of a book should not be included in a review--there is no guarantee that the requestor of your book will see your Review, and the Review is attached to the Book Details page for a book, and NOT to a particular copy.
This allows you to send a suggestion to one of your Friends in a Personal Message - if the friend orders the book from the Personal Message, your copy will be the one requested (even if your copy is not first in FIFO). Read more about this feature in Suggest a Book.
: This feature allows you to send a book to a friend in a not-for-credit transaction. Click this button to generate a PBS wrapper for a book, even if the recipient is not a PBS member. You enter the recipient's name and mailing address; the book will appear on your bookshelf in a special tab. You can print the wrapper as usual (you may use PBS-DC or PBS Printed Postage if you choose) and mark the book mailed, then mark it received when the recipient tells you that it was received. You will not get a credit for sending a book this way.
Allows you to add a Book Tag to the book. Remember that Book Tags are NOT for comments about your particular copy of the book . You can read more in Book Tags.
Allows you to add a Book Note to the book. Book Notes are viewable only by you - they are great for making personal comments about your book for your eyes only. You can read more in Book Notes.
How to remove a book from your Bookshelf
I got a request for a book I don't have
I got a request for a book while my bookshelf was on Hold
How to post a book
How do I post a book without an ISBN?
How to put your Account on Hold/vacation
I have two residences with books in both places; how can I manage my PBS account?