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Subject: Going to college
Date Posted: 8/30/2007 11:57 AM ET
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Hello PBS members!  I've been on the site since june and I'm really enjoying it, thanks!  But now I'm going to college and I can't take my books with me.  I will be home sometimes, but not often.  So what should I do incase someone requests books while I'm away?  Should I take my entire bookshelf down?  I don't really want to say no to everyone who requests me- in fact I would like to keep up a good relationship with people.  So what's the best way of going about this?

And if I posted in the wrong forum, I apologize.  Thanks in advance for your help!

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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 12:07 PM ET
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How about putting your bookshelf on "vacation hold" - that way you could take it off hold during times that you might be at home.    You can still order books this way and IF you put your wishlisted books on auto request,  those will not be on hold. 

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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 11:10 PM ET
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On vacation hold?  I didn't know there was an option for that, I'll look for a button.  Hey, thanks for your help!  So nice to learn things

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 12:51 PM ET
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The vacation hold link is on your bookshelf page (maybe somewhere else, too):


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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 3:38 PM ET
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Vacation hold is one option, but while you are at school you may finish books that you want to post here.  If that is the case then you would need to delete the ones on your shelf back home and add the ones you have with you at school.  I live in 2 places and do it that way.  It is a tiny bit of an inconvenience, but it works for me.  If I had a hundred books on my shelf I wouldn't do it tho!  Just another option and have fun at school!

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 3:50 PM ET
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re: Julie-- I think there's an easier way-- When your shelf is on hold, you can still post books. The new books are active, while the old books remain on hold.  That should work well for books on campus vs. books at home...

I'll double-check the help section to confirm this...


Doh! I was wrong. Here's the Help Center:

How does the Hold affect your Bookshelf?

  • The books that are on your Bookshelf at the time the Hold goes into effect will be hidden from requests.

  • This does not include books that are involved in a Wish List Hold or an active transaction.
  • The FIFO order of each book will be preserved during the Hold; it will not "lose its place in line" to get requested.
  • Books that are already involved in an active request will not be affected by the Hold.
    • Any book request that was submitted before the Hold went into effect will not be affected by the Hold
    • Any book request you submit at any time (before, during or after the Hold will not be affected by the Hold.
  • This means that all auto-emails associated with an active transaction will be sent to you as usual
    • You will still get auto-emails asking if you have received a book that is en route to you 14 and 21 days and 25 days after the book was marked mailed by the sender.
    • You will still get "second" and "third" notifications for previously-submitted requests to which you have not responded.
    • You will still get auto-email reminders to mark your outgoing books mailed before the deadline if you have not done so.
  • Books newly posted to your Bookshelf during a Hold will be hidden from requests.

Last Edited on: 8/31/07 3:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 9/1/2007 7:52 PM ET
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I've come to love PBS so much that if I were going away to school I would take my bookshelf with me if at all possible!  Then just put myself on hold for the short periods I would be back home.  Of course, this depends on how many books are on your bookshelf...  Good luck in school!

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