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Add Books by hand you want to mooch

There is a book I want to add to my wishlist. It is not in BookMooch and not and probably never will be in Amazon.

Tieteen ja taiteen tunturit

is its name. I would like a feature so that I can add books like this that just come out to my wish list at some point I might buy it or someone may list it.

As it is a rare specialist art book that is in a language where Amazon do not operate I think it will not come. At present I can only Hand enter books that I want to GIVE not those I want to get!

markus petz
19 days ago
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(2 days ago)Not very good option - but yes I guess that can work! I do find that the database can be misleading - for example I add a book to my invetory that has the same authro and same title as one already there, but in a different language and it does not always display the language. SO I keep getting requests, when I tell people it is not in English they cancel.
markus petz
(19 days ago)The work around is to hand enter it into your inventory, then immediately remove it. The listing will now exist in the database so you can list it on your wish list.
Cara
"Kindle Edition" And Other Non-Existent Formats

I know this has been discussed a few times since BookMooch went live, but it's becoming extremely frustrating: With the proliferations of e-books*, search results are now quite cluttered with "Kindle Edition" items, which are not possible to either list or mooch (though some seem to have been added to Wishlists).

Shouldn't it be a relatively simple procedure to insert code into BookMooch's operating system that simply ignores "Kindle Edition" (and "Digital" and "Audio Download" and other listings that don't actually point to a physical item)?

Thanks, John.

Gratefully,
Michael Schneider
(username: schneider)

Schneider
2 years ago
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(1 month ago)Bump! There seem to be more and more Kindle editions finding their way into the BM database.
jacquie
(2 years ago)I agree: MP3-CD should be allowed if it's an audiobook. I also do another trade site that gets it's info from Amazon. It doesn't have much of a problem with Kindle edtions or clothing and such. But there's tons of coloring books, comic books. paperdolls, calandars and such in the system. They remove them and the they just come back in the data transfers.
Msright
(2 years ago)Also: "MP3 CD" is a valid, physical, exchangeable audio-book format, and should not be suppressed.
Schneider
(2 years ago)And another: http://bookmooch.com/m/a/amazon.com/rachel+maddow Running this search just now (1:05am MT) the 4th and 8th listings are "Kindle Edition" and the 9th and 10th are "Digital".
Schneider
(2 years ago)@John, if you suppress "album", then you remove large-format comic strip books in French. Now I know why I couldn't list some with valid ISBNs!
jacquie
(2 years ago)or more to the point: Terry McMillan : Day Late and A Dollar Short, A as listed in someone's inventory
Cara
(2 years ago)Well, just as a f'rinstance, this search… http://bookmooch.com/m/a/amazon.com/erotica … brings up, for me, a page with ten books listed, seven of which are Kindle editions.
Schneider
(2 years ago)I just went to "advanced search" and entered "kindle" -- and got over 20 listings. There's a start. And yes, I did open several to confirm that the binding is shown as "Kindle Edition" It is possible that the "Kindle" is wrong (I saw that one had a condition note of "bent cover"), but it still should be corrected.
peachfuzz
(2 years ago)Can you point me to some Kindle Editions that are making it through? I already have a whole list of "Bindings" that are supposed to be banned. It's very annoying that Amazon tries to shove these non-books at us, by labeling them as books but with a non-book binding. Sigh.... FYI, here's a list of all the banned "Bindings" that are supposed to already be suppressed. They might be getting through somewhere I overlooked. {Accessoire} {Accessory} {Album} {Album vinyle} {Andere Ausgabe} {Appareils électroniques} {Apparel} {Audio Download} {Automotive} {Baby Product} {Babyartikel} {Badartikel} {Board Game} {Cadeau} {Camera} {Computerspiel} {Digital} {DIY & Tools} {Electronics} {Elektronik} {Game} {Game Cartridge} {Garden & Outdoors} {Gartenartikel} {Geschenkartikel} {Gift} {Grocery} {Health and Beauty} {Jeu vidéo} {Jewelry} {Jouet} {Kindle Edition} {Kitchen} {Kitchen & Home} {Lawn & Patio} {License} {Microfiche} {Microfilm} {Misc.} {Misc. Supplies} {Mook} {MP3 CD} {MP3 Download} {Office Product} {Personal Care} {Personal Computers} {PlayStation} {Puzzle} {Shoes} {Spiel} {Spielzeug} {Sports} {Textilien} {Tools & Hardware} {Toy} {T-Shirt} {UMD for PSP} {UMD Mini for PSP} {UMD pour PSP} {UMD Universal Media Disc} {Video Download} {Video Game} {Videospiel} {Watch} {Wireless Phone} {Wireless Phone Accessory}
John Buckman
Related editions - cleanup

I'd like to see the 'related editions' programme cleaned up.

In my opinion, a 'related edition' is a different format (hardback, paperback, cover, publisher, etc) of the book originally specified on the wishlist.

Currently 'related edition' can give a different language version of the same book, a book by a completely different author, etc. I'd like to see these non-related editions disappear from the criteria.

jacquie
4 months, 9 days ago
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Bookmooch shipping labels?

Not so much a request as a suggestion - I think it would be really cool to be able to have labels, like the bookmarks, with the URL of bookmooch and a sentence or two about what it is to publicize the site. I would be happy to spend a few points to have them. Or even a template generator that puts the from/to address with the logo at the bottom so we can print and tape it on the package of the books.

gwytherinn
5 months, 10 days ago
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(5 months, 7 days ago)The label on https://sites.google.com/site/pickhappy/bookmoochlabels is good, but in my opinion (a) uses a lot of ink and (b) the BM URL isn't sufficiently prominent. I created a Word document for my labels, included the BM logo and put the BM URL under the logo. The address is printed in black on a white background for good visibility.
jacquie
(5 months, 8 days ago)I use this page: https://sites.google.com/site/pickhappy/bookmoochlabels
Melanie C.
Goodreads Connection

I would like a direct connection to Goodreads so any reviews I have posted there can be seen here. I would like to see my friends and their reviews as compared to what's available on Bookmooch. I would like to be able to scan with Goodreads and add to Bookmooch inventory. The possibilities are endless.

Mdme. deMarigny
5 months, 25 days ago
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in my area

Is there a way to search books that are in my area?

Veronica
5 months, 28 days ago
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(5 months, 28 days ago)Thank you :)
Veronica
(5 months, 28 days ago)As you're in the USA, you can search members by state: http://bookmooch.com/m/usa_people
jacquie
I would like to have pages or extensions we could add to our profile like for ex:

I want to establish a list or collection of books that are on the Newbery Awards list and can be requested for reading. I am in the process of collecting these books but don't want to just throw them out there is some list or that. A selective process or a extended or added page would be nice. Thank you. Kathleen

MrsB
6 months, 27 days ago
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(6 months, 26 days ago)You could add a note and the list to your profile page. You can even punch up your page with a little colour and graphics. Check out mine for an example.
Cara
Small request for the "pending" page

Okay, this is a small wording problem more than a software problem, but still:
On the pending page, it says first "Books waiting to receive, which have not been sent" - but it shows Mooch requests which have not been ACCEPTED yet.
It would be better to say "Books requested, not accepted yet" for those books, and show under "not been sent" only those who have been accepted, but not put into the mail yet.

nonameblue
8 months, 20 days ago
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(7 months, 21 days ago)Dave, If you sort your wishlist by Count, it will sort the available ones to the top. Make sure it is sorted descending with the down arrow and that your entire wishlist is being displayed. You can change the number that is displayed using the drop down box at the top of the page and choosing settings.
Sarah
(7 months, 21 days ago)How about a feature that show up in red on the members page when one has books on his or her wishlist so we don't have to scroll through the wishlist to find there are none there.
Dave Angerer
Manage all activity from the inside the BM website

Hi everyone,

I believe it would be a good idea to allow every request, from the "will you send to my country ?" to the mooches, including acknowledgement of reception and expedition to be managed from the Bookmooch web site, ideally from one point (like the pending section). Then we could see at a glance all activity that still needs to be done. It would be way easier than to manage everything by e-mail, where requests can be lost or deleted when we'd still need it and we wouldn't have to log in at two places all the time to manage our activity on the site.

The e-mail has its use as reminders, especially for people who don't log in to Bookmooch often, but the ability to use both method (maybe allowing everyone to choose the way they prefer, be it one of the two or both) would be a great improvement of the BM platform in my humble opinion.

Sébastien
9 months, 10 days ago
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(9 months, 9 days ago)Years ago, in the early days of Bookmooch, we used to get copies of all emails sent. I can't remember if they were also saved so you could view them from your account or not. Anyway, the whole thing was determined to be too big a load for the server to deal with. I would like "ask first" requests to be included on the pending page. And records kept of rejections of "ask first".
Cara
(9 months, 9 days ago)I didn't think about including it in the message, but it's also a wonderful idea ! Thanks nonameblue !
Sébastien
(9 months, 10 days ago)It would be good to see copies of Email both on the "Pending" page and by getting a copy of the Emails I sent via the system into my Email account (like e.g. Bookcrossing does). This way I could see that I emailed a BM with a request x days ago and then react accordingly.
nonameblue
Recent feed hiccough - 2nd January 2014

BM seems to have celebrated the New Year in style and as a result there's a hiccough in the 'recent' feed. Of the six books I randomly checked as having been entered for France, none of them shows as available. Surely they haven't all been mooched so quickly.

jacquie
9 months, 23 days ago
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Reserved books shouldn't appear in 'recent' feed

The 'recent' feed seems to work well, however I'm surprised that books that are reserved for another BM member should appear in this feed.
It would be preferable for a reserved book not to be included until the reservation has expired and the book is available for general mooching.

jacquie
9 months, 27 days ago
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(9 months, 27 days ago)@Carla, my point is that books that I've added and have reserved for someone appear on the recent feed. I think they shouldn't appear on that feed unless they are available for general mooch.
jacquie
(9 months, 27 days ago)often books are reserved because there isan ask first request. The book is reserved for the requester until the owner responds to the request. As soon as a book appears on wish lists someone can make an ask first request. I don't know how much lag time there is with the recent feed.
Cara
History Topic

Hello,

I'd be interested in a history topic to be added that can be searched under for books.

Thanks,
David

daithi_dearg
1 year ago
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(11 months, 10 days ago)Me, too. Please!!
RB
Browse: random old inventory selection

Utopia, but I may as well ask!

I'd like to see a "highlight old inventory" selection similar to the 'recent' book feed.
This would randomly select books that have been in inventories for say more than a year and highlight them in the same way as the 'recent' feed does. The advantage of doing this would be to draw attention to books that are languishing in inventories, and hopefully have them mooched. I suspect that many books that have been in inventories for a long time are there because they're not recent fiction, possibly even bordering on the obscure. These are the books that one doesn't go searching for, but which, if brought to the attention of the right person who has points to spare, will attract moochers.

The advantages would be:
- moving old inventory, therefore releasing points into circulation
- finding good homes for some books that may never return to BookMooch because they are a little specialised
- putting those books back into BM circulation when they've been read, keeping book turnover
- spending points

Utopia, but maybe worth looking at?

Jacquie

jacquie
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)Yes, that is a good idea. I support it, too.
nonameblue
(1 year ago)sounds like a great idea!
Melanie C.
ISBN not recognised for previously mooched book

Once again, the ISBN of a book that I've mooched and am relisting isn't recognised by BookMooch. Why not?

jacquie
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)Using the regular "search" field for an ISBN search doesn't tend to work very well. I always use the "add" tab and search through Amazon from there, it's much more reliable. The browse tab works better for regular searches as well.
Cara
(1 year ago)The book is recognised by an Amazon search, but why are some books immediately recognised by BM and not others?
jacquie
(1 year ago)did you try all the amazons? Sometimes I've noticed that amazon.com doesn't have all the isbns, but amazon.co.uk or amazon.ca do, for example. What is the book?
Melanie C.
Sort pending list by date

I would really appreciate it if I could sort my pending books (especially books to send) by date. My list is pretty enormous right now and I'm slowly working my way through it, but I want to send each book in the order requested, and I have to keep first clicking "view details" and then figure out the dates myself.

Thank you!

Chava
1 year ago
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"Lost" button

On the "Pending" page, in the "Books which have been sent" section, each book has a "Lost" button next to it right from the beginning. But the system does not allow you to actually mark a book lost until a certain time has passed. If you click on the button before that, it just gives you a message saying:

"Not enough time has passed since you sent the book to mark it as having been lost.

You need to wait until: xxxx/xx/xx"

I request that the "Lost" button not appear on the page until the date that it can actually be used, just like the "Force Received" button does not appear until 6 weeks after you have clicked on the "Remind" button. If the site software can do that for "Force Received", why can't it do that for "Lost" as well?

I find it confusing and annoying to have a button there that you can't actually use.

valeriem
1 year ago
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Feature requests

Is it possible to add functionality to the Wishlist? I would love to see a search feature, or a way to go to a specific page (be that page 14 of 22, or all the books/authors that start with the letter P...)

Also, on the Pending - it would be most helpful to be able to see only incoming pending (books that I am expecting) and a separate outgoing pending (for books I am shipping).

sctn
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)Thank you Cara, I'll give that a go next time.
kathers
(1 year ago)@kathers - thank you so much - I did not know this feature was there. I recently joined and unfortunately at the time I was trying to learn the site, I was unable to access new user tutorial info due to that part of the site being down.
sctn
(1 year ago)@kathers If you are coming from a logged in page and end up on an unlogged in page because of the link you followed (recent books for example) simply insert a m/ after the bookmooch.com/ in the URL. @ sctn re your pending request: I don't really see the problem as those things (books you are requesting, books accepted, books delayed, books sent and books you are waiting for) are all in separate sections on the pending page.
Cara
(1 year ago)There is a search function on the wishlist.When you are looking at a wishlist there is a box underneath the pending and member home boxes which will state the number of books on the wishlist. If you click on the arrow on the right of the box it will open up to show other options including "search wishlist". If you go into settings from the same box you will also be able to change the maximum number of rows shown on a page which would mean most wishlists will be shown on only one page if you went for the maximum it allows which is 2000. There does seem to be an issue when you go to the recent books feature as when you click on one of the books listed there it acts as if you're not logged in, so if you then went to look at someone's inventory or wishlist from there there would only be a few rows on the page, although you can still search their wishlist and inventory. The only solution to that problem seems to be to make a note (or copy and paste)of the member's user id and then click log in and then search for the member and do it that way.
kathers
acceptance of an international request

As my account is set to 'ask first' I get the emails asking me if I am willing to send. It's always struck me that at this point it would be good if you attach a message to the return email, for instance 'have you read the condition notes', 'I may have to delay' etc. It seems a little odd that I say I am willing to send, the requester then mooches and its at this late point that I get to give information that could lead to them cancelling the request which then shows up in the statistics of both accounts. At the moment I'm having to delay some books by a month and I know that some people will not read my bio stating this and the system makes me feel bad by saying yes you can mooch the book, it's mooched, and then I delay for a month. I would prefer to be honest at the outset. I know that I could send an email to the requester but surely a second line of communication when you could do it all in one is a little clumsy?

donna
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)I've never had a problem with official emails of any type, but many others get automatically 'sifted'!
donna
(1 year ago)@Donna, that is an interesting problem to have with your email. Most people have the opposite problem: Bookmooch emails get blocked by their service providers so they don't receive mooch or ask first requests or reminders.
Cara
(1 year ago)@Cara - another issue for me relating to your suggestion is that emails regarding mooches that are not coming through the Bookmooch site would end up in my spam folder, where I am likely to not see them before I trash the lot. I'm in the fortunate position that any that are 'official' come to my inbox with no problems. It's another reason why replying to the 'official' ones works best for me and I still wish I could attach a message to my 'yes' reply. Any chance John? Do you read this thread at all? I'm sure it would only be a small change and not too difficult to implement.
donna
(1 year ago)I agree. When I was set to ask first I had a couple of people not wait for a reply and it was rude. If they mooch after I email and explain my conditions I feel the "yes" is included in the email.
Cara
(1 year ago)Ok, I get it now. But in reality if someone went ahead and mooched without me saying yes I wouldn't send the book on principle - it's all about manners and courtesy as far as I can see. Surely there is a problem with the system then, if, when you apply courtesy and manners into the equation, it can make things more time consuming? I don't agree with being able to mooch without having permission, never have done, and I know a lot of others don't either!
donna
(1 year ago)My point was, you don't have to reply "yes". It does nothing to the reservation (in fact, the moocher can go ahead and mooch the book any time after they have requested, even you don't reply). The email is sufficient, so no need to "reply formally". The moocher doesn't need to reply to your email, they can just go ahead and mooch. It is the same number of steps as replying "yes" with a comment field. When I do it I send an email saying that if they are willing to wait two weeks, or whatever, just go ahead and mooch. It's that simple.
Cara
(1 year ago)@Cara I get what you are saying but that just adds another level of faffing about. It would be - they ask you if you are willing to send, you email them stating a possible delay, they email you saying no problem, you reply formally 'yes I'll send', they mooch the book. My original point was that if you could state an issue when you say 'yes I'll send', then there isn't the constant backwards and forwards, which, when done internationally across very different time zones, could take a week. They could simply decline when they get that one message. I wouldn't mind a member not mooching at that point, it would be no different to the numerous times I've been asked, said yes, then heard nothing.
donna
(1 year ago)You don't need to use the automated reply for an asked first. It changes nothing on the site itself: the book remains reserved for the asker unless you answer "no". You can simply reply to the asker rather than clicking the "yes" button, explaining that they are welcome to mooch with the understanding that they will have to wait for X number of weeks or months.
Cara
(1 year ago)I second this! I have written there is likely to be a long delay on my account, as the books are not in the country where I am a student. BUT I STILL get people mooching books and then when they do not get sent in 3 months cancelling and requesting my account is put on vacation. This is a pain as I am willing to send the book, but people must wait - I am not a store with an ethos of rushing the books out as quick as I can, and I will send them when I am back where "the store" - that is my own book depository! is. As I say this when mooching that it can take months AND also in my bio it is annoying to be put in vacation because of this.
markus petz
(1 year ago)When you send an e-mail you don't have to use the "I am willing to send" form as well. The moment people ask they will be able to mooch too. They just shouldn't until they have received some kind of answer from you. I do recommend telling people that they can mooch, as many people are waiting for the answer from the "ask first" form. So, you can send an e-mail saying, for instance: Thank you for inquiring about my book. Unfortunately, I have to delay for a month. If you're OK with that, you can mooch now, you don't have to wait for further confirmation.
wester
Friend finder?

I'd love to see a way to find friends from other social networks. It would be nice to know, for example, which of my Facebook friends are on here.

Kristin
1 year ago
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Would be good if search returned only the hits you asked for

HI there!

I searched for "After You'd Gone", and was delivered a list of all editions of "After You'd Gone" by Maggie O'Farrell *and* all editions of "After You've Gone" by Joan Lingard.

Okay, I should have looked more carefully, but it *never* occurred to me that asking for "After YOU'D Gone" would turn up "After YOU'VE Gone" -- and I didn't realize the situation until a copy of the wrong book turned up.

Hey, it's probably a great book, too -- this isn't the end of the world -- but why would a search with "You'd" give me results for "You've"??

Would be really good to make it such that the search returns the results asked for, without sending unrelated, but similar, titles.

I know -- like you have time for this!! Sorry, but maybe you could add it to the list of nice features that could happen sometime, maybe.

Mary Ellen
1 year ago
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(1 year ago)I didn't try this search myself, so I didn't know if it was an automatic OR search. It could be an automatic spell-change (similar to whtat Google and others offer) searching for both versions of commonly mis-spelled or confused words. > I'd just like the search to send me hits on the term I searched for. Seems straightforward; I'm not asking for the world. Thanks! Yes, that would be nice. Or if at least the programmers would chip and explain things definitly instead of leaving us guessing...
nonameblue
(1 year ago)NO--wait a minute. That can't be right, either. If the basic search is coded as an OR search, then handing it the string AFTER YOU'D GONE should return every book in the database with AFTER in the title, and every book with GONE in the title, and every book with YOU'D in the title. That is clearly not what happened!
Mary Ellen
(1 year ago)SORRY!! Oh, I'm an IDIOT. I said I took your point, but I wasn't really thinking -- duh. BIG apologies If the search function at BookMooch is an OR search all the time, I've never noticed it! I will take more care in the future. I wish it would just accept my search terms, and search on them. Sigh. VERY sorry to give you that dough-headed response above. (Slinks away and shuts up.)
Mary Ellen
(1 year ago)Thanks for your reply! I take your point, but I don't believe the situation has to do with Boolean operators, either explicit ones or ones hidden from the user but coded into the search function. Whether you use an AND or an OR operator on my string of three search terms, AFTER YOU'D GONE, you can't end up with the string AFTER YOU'VE GONE. That is, you cannot generate AFTER YOU'VE GONE by using AND or OR operators on the string AFTER YOU'D GONE; the search function is (generously, I'm sure, but not appropriately) giving me hits on a different search term from the one I entered! It may be trying to (un)helpfully give me a broader search than the one I requested, in essence returning the wrong results and calling it a feature rather than a bug... I'd just like the search to send me hits on the term I searched for. Seems straightforward; I'm not asking for the world. Thanks!
Mary Ellen
(1 year ago)I Think this is because of how the search is adjusted. Basically, if you enter more than one word, a search engine can either do: Boolean AND search: all words in the search box must appear in the hits Boolean OR search: any of the words in the search box can appear in the hits Obviously, the OR search gives much more hits. The problem is when a) the search engine doesn't explain how it's programmed b) the search engine doesn't accept explicit Boolean terms (e.g. if you put a phrase in citation marks "like this" it should return only hits with "like this" in them, not do a standard OR search; if you enter like AND this it should do an AND search, etc. But badly programmed search engines do not accept standard Boolean operators. Explaining the way the standard search is done and what terms to use for advanced searches is what a well programmed engine has on their help or advanced page.
nonameblue
OLDER -