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Subject: What's a good way to find books?
Date Posted: 8/16/2007 3:16 PM ET
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I am a fairly new member and I find it a challenge to find books on pbs.  Perhaps I just don't know how.  I like going to the bookstore because I can walk around and look at the books and read the backs and a bit in the middle.  I don't like the bookstore prices though.  Any suggestions???

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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 5:42 PM ET
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I do it a few different ways.

First if I am at the bookstore, I write down book names/ISBNs of those that look good.  Second, I use the Fantastic Fiction site to look up my favorite authors and see what books I missed of theirs.  They also have a section that lists new books that have come out.  I also check for books that I am missing from series I have.  When I order from someone I also check what books they have on their shelf and see if there is anything else.that interests me.

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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 11:42 PM ET
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You could always look up some books you have liked in the past and check out the books listed at the bottom in the area "Members who requested this book also requested:"

Or you could even start a new thread here "I like XYZ does anyone have any suggestions for me.?"

And just from your book list and wish list I would say check out the Paranormal thread as well there is a list of Paranormal books people have recommended that are similar in tone to the Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan you have on your shelf (if those are ones you've read)

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Date Posted: 8/17/2007 9:12 PM ET
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I tend to go to the book store then write down titles and authors that I'm interested in.  Frequently I find that even if the site doesn't have a copy of the book I saw (very new releases often take a while to show up here) I can still add them to my wishlist and in the meantime find something else by the same author.

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Date Posted: 8/17/2007 10:03 PM ET
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  I also tend to look up the genre I'm interested in and search for books that have been posted that way. You can look at the cover, and many of them have a description as well.  I can't count how many books I've found that way!  You can use your Settings to make sure you get the daily Digest email whic h will send you what's been posted so far that day.

   Also, check out the forums for whatever you like to read. I've gotten tons of ideas of new authors and books from reading what others like, and checking it out for myself.  My Wish List is small compared to my Reminder list of all the books I've discovered here!

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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 5:08 PM ET
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OMG! One thing I have found is that I have absolutely no problem finding books on PBS. LOL My Wish List is 200. I had to start putting them on my reminder list. I look at other members WL and I play in the swaps where a lot of WL books are posted. Check out the New Author Challenge Thread in the games section. If you like Paranormal check out some of the paranormal swaps to see whats been revealed.

I go to the bookstore and look at the new books and check out my favorite authors or new ones I've discovered and write down the titles and then check PBS or if they aren't available I put them on my WL or RL.  I figure with MT TBR being so huge I don't need to buy a new book EVER! LOL

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:50 AM ET
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Like others have said, when I'm in the bookstore I keep an eye out for what I might want to order on PBS. When I'm looking at books of an author I haven't read before, I usually find them on Amazon to read the reviews there before I order here. Sometimes I check the forums here, or at SF&F sites to see what people are talking about and recommending. Lots of people have made lists of things like '100 Most Important Sci-Fi Books." Oh, and when I find I new author I like I check their website, sometimes they have recommendations up too.

But, yeah, this site isn't really easy to just browse.

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 10:22 AM ET
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I also read several other sites, their reviews and some other forums where people are saying what they are reading and how much they like it or not.

I get a lot of new book ideas that way.

Currently keeping up with SFSite. This one also has an archive of all their reviews for years and years and you can also browse by author. Lots of goodies there!

I also follow the "Currently reading " on SFBooks. Quite often if someone there gets excited about something really great that they just read there are several others that get involved in the discussion, or thta will go out and get the book to check it out. There are lots of members there that also belong to this site. In fact that is how I heard about this place. 

Oh, and they also cover Fantasy books at both of those sites, not just SF.


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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:39 PM ET
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I quite often browse amazon.com and read reviews and look at people's compiled favorites lists

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Date Posted: 8/24/2007 10:29 AM ET
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Hey everybody, thanks for all the suggestions.    I have used some already and now have 4 or 5 books on the way.  Good ideas! 



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Date Posted: 8/24/2007 10:42 PM ET
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Besides getting recommendations from friends and family, I pretty much what everyone here has said - I go to bookstores and look at what's out, etc. Aside from that, my husband gets "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" and I get some great recommendations from their book reviews. And I also get good ideas from Amazon.com's recommendations - those are based on books you've bought from them, but you can also "train" the system by rating books they suggest that you've already read, rejecting ones you're not interested in, etc. Over the years I've gotten to the point that I like over half the ones that I get recommended. Some of those recommendations are for books that aren't out yet, and then I can wishlist them here before publication, hopefully before too many other people do ( I also do the same with my public library's request system).

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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 12:13 AM ET
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I just discovered that PBS has a recommended for you page under your lists.Although, it hasn't given me much that I haven't already read yet, I am "training" it to what Ilike.It also looks at your buddies list and their shelves and WL too. Thanks PBS for this!

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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:36 PM ET
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I learn about new books/authors by browsing fantasy fiction/game forums (especially the "what are you reading now" threads) and lists at Amazon and elsewhere. 

Favorite (mostly family-friendly) forums:
Dragonsfoot (AD&D)


alt.fantasy (google group)

Sometimes it helps to go to the library and look for bibliographies or Reader's Advisory guides, but you can also find a lot of that stuff online if you know how to look for it.

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Date Posted: 9/15/2007 8:46 AM ET
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I find Amazon to be great...look up a book you liked....then scroll down...in the middle of the page you should get a title something like this...

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

with a list of books...

Then towards the bottom you'll get two other categories to look thru...

Listmania!  & ...So You'd Like to...  lists created by other readers with similar reading interests 


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Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:47 AM ET
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Like deltatiger, I also go to the book store with a pad and pencil and write down what interests me, then I read the amazon.com reviews on those books and put them on my wish list if I still find them appealing.  I also scroll through what amazon recommends, and their new releases.  That's mostly like browsing a bookstore.  I go to the amazon page of books I really liked and see what other people who liked it ordered, and sometimes check out the lists.  I browse the lists of other people on pbs.com who sent me books, ordered mine, reviewed something I liked.  I've been pleasantly surprised at how many of my wished-for books eventually get posted, even some really obscure things.

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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 8:16 PM ET
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Kinda late post but someone else might benefit . . .I  like to browse the days posting on PBS by genere's - such as Art and Photogrophy and Entertainment. . . .or SciFi and Fantasy . . .this gives me books titles that I can click on to see perhaps a larger cover picture, get a brief description. I can copy the ISBN and do a google search for more info.

I can also click on the authors name to 'see' what is posted in PBS (Green) or not in PBS (Red), but that I can then 'click on to add to my Wish List or Reminder List. . . I can also (sometimes) click on the publisher to 'see' what else the publisher has to offer . . this is good for Art an Science books or series . . .

You can also click on the days posting to taake you to that members posting and 'see' what a PBS member has to offer . . .

There are a lot of book series that I have been intro to just because I  'saw' one of the titles posted in todays PBS listings. When I went to the Book Store at the Mall they did not have that series, because they did not carry that Publisher...

Anyhow - its easy to do . . . enjoy!

Danny N - Havelock NC - (Alameda)

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Date Posted: 10/20/2007 2:13 PM ET
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Lots of good ideas = they all should help.  I read some different discussion groups and got some ideas that way also.  I actually read and enjoyed a couple books that I normally wouldn't have read.    Thanks everyone.

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