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Lost book wasn't lost!

Hi,

I received this email from a lady I posted books to and I don't know how to reverse the 'lost' tag...

Last week I marked as lost the two books I'd mooched from you and you'd
sent back in November... but they arrived today when I really thought they
had been lost in the mail...
So, just to say thank you, they are both in great condition.
Please let me know if you want me to report it to bookmooch or leave
feedback on the transaction pages, this never happened to me before and
I'm not sure what is the correct thing to do.

Help!

nikki
13 days ago
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(13 days ago)There is no way to reverse it once the books have been marked lost. She got her credits back, but you did not lose credits. Have her change her feedback that they showed up after all and that is all you can do.
Sarah
listing a book under the wrong edition

I am trying to add a book I own to my inventory but I can only find hardback editions of the book to add. My book is a paperback edition. I also was trying to post an earlier edition of a book that is not coming up in the list to add. Should I just put my book on by the closest edition and then in the condition section state that my book is NOT the pictured/listed edition?- or is there some way to add an addition? Thanks!

laceyloo
22 days ago
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(21 days ago)You can hand enter a book: http://bookmooch.com/m/add_manually
Sarah
(21 days ago)Some of the books are older books and I do not see an ISBN number on them. Hopefully whoever requests them reads what I wrote about the condition...
laceyloo
(21 days ago)I would also recommend searching through Amazon from the browse tab and using the ISBN. That is the best way to find the exact edition you are looking for.
Cara
(22 days ago)Which way did you try to add the book, through doing a bookmooch search? If that was the case try listing it through the add feature.If it doesn't come up first time there is also a drop down box to the right of the box where you add the ISBN where you can choose which Amazon database to search, as for example, a book may show up on amazon.co.uk but not amazon.com. If you've already tried all that then listing it under a different edition and stating in the condition notes that it is a different edition is fine.
kathers
How does Angel Network actually work

Hi

I have made donations to the Bookmooch Angel Network, but never asked for help. Couls someone please explain their services to me??

I just had a member in Germany request three heavy books. I agreed to accept the request (I hate to say NO). Can Bookmooch Angel Network assist me with shipping the books?? I believe the total weight of the books will be about 7lbs. I am guessing the cost will be over $25. I would be shipping books from New York State.
Thank you
Deb K

Deebs
1 month ago
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(29 days ago)I don't think they provide postage help. How it works is that someone in Germany (for example) would see books listed on a US member's inventory but that member would not be open to International mailing. The Angel would be another US member that mooched the books domestically and then posted them to the German member. The angel spends the money to send the books and they end up with a two credit per book "profit". Keep in mind that you will be getting 9 credits for the three books, so it will be $2.78 per credit (if it was exactly $25). That is not much more than the $2.69 that media mail costs now for a book under 16 ounces.
Sarah
Adding a new book to inventory

I have tried on 2 separate occasions to enter a book by it's ISBN and was told by the webpage that a book already exists with that number. It is not the same book I am trying to add, and the ISBN differ after the first few digits.
I have hand-entered the new book, and the webpage tells me to add the similar-numbered book to my inventory.
This is frustrating. How can I add a book with similar first few digits to another book already entered?

Thanks, Laurie

LDusterwald
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Dear Cara, It worked great. Thanks so much. Laurie
LDusterwald
(1 month ago)Search for the book from the browse tab using Amazon to search. Click the Inventory Add button on the right of the book title. If that doesn't work. post the ISBN here and perhaps someone else will have a solution.
Cara
Recently added books

Hi! I'm quite new to this site and I was wondering if there's a way to organize available books. Specifically, I'm from the Netherlands and it would be very useful if I could sort the books offered here on date they were added, so that I can easily see new offers. I haven't figured out how to do that yet. Is it even possible? Thanks!

Peggy
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Thanks Kathers! That seems to work, or at least give me a number of recent books. I added 6 books yesterday and 3 of those are shown, as well as a few other books :)
Peggy
(1 month ago)When you are looking at recent books type the Netherlands into the "search recent books" box near the top of page and it will only show the ones from the Netherlands.
kathers
(1 month ago)Thanks, and I found those tabs, but that's from all over the world. What I meant is books specifically from one country. I can go to the location tab and pick the Netherlands, but it seems to be organized rather randomly and I did not find any way to sort them in a more logical way (date added, author's last name, etc.). Is there any way to see which books were most recently added, but only for the Netherlands?
Peggy
(1 month ago)You can find this link: http://bookmooch.com/m/recent as well as others from the browse tab. They are listed by date added.
Cara
Can't find it in any Amazon

I thought of offering a book in finnish, but I can't seem to find it in any amazon shops. What will I do?

Hanna Hohenthal
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Thank you Clara and John.
Cymraes
(1 month ago)Try BookFinder.com.
John Vernon Scott
(1 month ago)Have you tried all the different Amazons from the browse tab? Sometimes the book won't be in Amazon.com but will be in Amazon.UK or something. If you really can't find them, the only work around I have heard of is to create a hand entered listing by "adding" the books to your inventory, and then immediately removing them. Then the listing exists in the database and you can add them to your wishlist.
Cara
(1 month ago)What about if I want to add a book to my wish list that isn't on Amazon? I'm interested in books in Norwegian and Swedish, but those countries don't have Amazon sites.
Cymraes
(1 month ago)You can hand enter the book from the add tab.
Cara
Books in Welsh appear as if they're in English

Hello everyone. I've added a few books to my inventory that are written and published in Welsh, but appear in the list as if they are in English. There doesn't seem to be a way of changing this (it's not among the options you can fill in yourself). I've added a note in the Conditions area to say that the book is in Welsh (yn Gymraeg) but I'm guessing if someone wanted to search specifically for available books in Welsh (this is often how I search - by publication language), they wouldn't be able to, or, if they can, my books won't come up in the search results.
Any ideas, or reasons why this is?

Cymraes
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)I don't know why that is, some weird glitch with the database. But you can put a note in the "Review" field of the book details page which will show up for anyone looking at the book. If the ISBN you used is, indeed, for the Welsh editions (and looking at your inventory, it certainly appears that they are) then it would help anyone looking at the books to be reassured that they are in Welsh and not English.
Cara
Confused

I received a request from America for the book Sealed letters I got a email to day to say that it was received but there is no record of her mooching it in her account Every thing is ok at my end so what do I do now the points are not the issue I only have one option lost which I Don't want to use as the book has been received Can some one please help
Issy05

issy05
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Hi Cara She kept telling me that there is no record in her account of me or the book so I searched my email and found her request and answered her again to let me know if it came through and then a book received notification came through so I don't know what the problem was The book has gone from my pending and I guess that's all I want. Thanks for your help. Sorry to waste your time Cheers Isabel
issy05
(1 month ago)I see the record of her having mooched it in her history: http://bookmooch.com/m/mooched/loveslobsters as well as the book details page: Emma Donoghue : The Sealed Letter I don't understand what the problem is?
Cara
Reserving book in inventory

I can reserve a book for another moocher when I enter the book in my inventory, but don't seem to be able to reserve a book that's already in my inventory. Why not? Or have I missed/misunderstood some functionality?

Jacquie

jacquie
1 month ago
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(1 month ago)Have you tried searching by title instead of ASIN?
nonameblue
(1 month ago)This is a "supported feature" that's a real pain. I've had books that I've mooched that aren't recognised - so how did I get them in the first place? Here are some suggestions: 1. ask BM look at other Amazon databases, .com, .ca, .co.uk - for some reason there doesn't seem to be one reliable worldwide feed. 2. go directly to Amazon and look up the book, then copy the ISBN to BM; sometimes longer ISBN will work. Jacquie
jacquie
(1 month ago)I have been expanding on my wishlist and with a few books, I have come across "No book data was found for that ASIN", so I can't add the book. There are no other related editions for this book so is there a work around or a way to report this to tech support? Thanks, Cher
Cher
(1 month ago)Thanks everyone for help and advice. I've removed the book, re-entered it and reserved it. That makes a book down from my moocher's wishlist!
jacquie
(1 month ago)That is really weird. I would suggest removing it and relisting it (and you can reserve it at that time as well). Must be some kind of glitch. Strange.
Cara
(1 month ago)Well it's not just you, I can see it in your inventory but when I click on it or do a search it doesn't come up with you having a copy. The only thing I can think of to try is to remove the book and relist it. Did you add by ISBN? There is another edition : Roberts : Calhoun Women: Catherine And Amanda (The Calhoun Women) that you could try listing it under if relisting under the original one doesn't work.
kathers
(1 month ago)I can see the book in my inventory - jacquie/search/calhoun - but when I click on the link from the inventory - Nora Roberts : Calhoun Women: Catherine [037348495X] Amanda (The Calhoun Women) - it doesn't show up as available from me. Weird.
jacquie
(1 month ago)The reserve button should be on the book details page.
Cara
(1 month ago)Does it let you get a certain way along the process or is there no reserve button showing up when you look at the book? I've just looked at the books in my inventory and I've clicked on a couple of them and the reserve button does come up and it lets me click on the reserve button as normal but I haven't actually tried to reserve them for anyone . I think the button is in a different place to when you add a book ( although I'm not completely sure)so if you can't find the button that may be why.
kathers
Gifting points to another member

I have mooched a bunch of books in a series from another member. They then asked if I wanted to mooch another two books in the series and asked me to gift them the points for these mooches (for whatever reason the regular way - them adding the books, me receiving an email to mooch them etc - didn't work).

My question is how I go about this? I tried to the 'give points away' page and accidently gave away 6 points to some charity in the UK with (apparently) the same name as the moocher in the US I'm mooching from. I don't care about the lost points, but I want to figure out how to transfer the credits to the sender.

Thanks for helping me out.

Sara
2 months, 5 days ago
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(2 months, 4 days ago)Thanks for all your help!
Sara
(2 months, 4 days ago)Update: go here shi click the "abuse" button and explain the mix-up with your points. They should be able to give them back to you.
Cara
(2 months, 4 days ago)You can do it from the charity page, which is easier for multiple points than smooching. Just make sure you use the member's BM ID (which you can find on their profile page under their name) rather than just their name. As you have discovered, more than one member can have the same name. ETA actually you gave points to a completely inactive account in the UK, not a charity. I emailed tech support to see if it would be possible to get your points back.
Cara
(2 months, 5 days ago)This option is called "smooch". You go to the user's profile, and on the right side there's a bunch of buttons, one of them being "smooch". That's how you give points to some user directly.
Sébastien
non reply of members.

At presentI have 3 outstanding mooches, one has been waiting for THREE YEARS! numerous emails have been ignored (have tried sending via my own email site too) One of them was actually accepted, and was supposed to be sent in 2 weeks, that was on June 27th 2013, This was Signal Red by Robert Ryan, from bookmooch member Bethonie (UK.) I've sent her 3 bookmooch reminders and several private emails. Still no response. Why are people so rude? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. Rose.

roseliptrot
2 months, 7 days ago
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(2 months, 6 days ago)I went back to the non-responding member's account, and found that the it's set to "On Vacation" now. Also got an email from Tech Support, saying they had seen this thread, but not received my query via BookMooch. Thanks for all the assistance I've received! Rory
rory8535
(2 months, 7 days ago)Be sure to choose "the owner did not respond" as the reason. This will place their account on vacation so the inventory doesn't tempt other moochers.
Cara
(2 months, 7 days ago)If a user has not been on in months, just cancel the order. They are not coming back.
Sarah
tracking

what do you do if you send a book with tracking, and the tracking number shows it was delivered, but the party states they never got it?

Sue
4 months, 7 days ago
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(2 months, 7 days ago)Roo, That's an excellent idea! Better yet, get a friend to list it on *their* "Wanted" list, and see if it shows up! (And hope that the party isn't like me: I hardly ~ever~ list a book that I've received... at least, not for years!) Maybe you'll have some help with another problem, which I'm going to inquire about shortly... Rory
rory8535
(2 months, 17 days ago)I've had this happen, and, actually, the postal delivery person ended up delivering the package to an incorrect address. The person who received the tracked mail took it to the person for whom it was intended, since it was a neighbor that they knew personally, so THAT worked out alright. BUT... I wonder how often this happens!?! So many people, if they receive a package in the mail that looks as if it might be something "good", even if it's not addressed to them, it seems they're just as likely to keep it as pass it on to the correct person/return it to the PO! I can't count the times I've received mail for neighbors, or, for that matter, people with the same house number but different street names (and "Davis" looks nothing like "8th", in my opinion!), and a few times, even mail addressed to someone in a different town! (I dunno, maybe my postal delivery person doesn't know how to read?) Just to note, too: my last name is NOT a common one that would cause confusion--in fact, I've only found one other person in the ENTIRE STATE with both my first and last names, and--just my luck--it was because they bounced a check, and had an account at the same bank as I do! Now, THAT got straightened out in a hurry, LOL, and hasn't happened again! But what to do about the mail..? Complaining to your local postmaster, I've found, does absolutely no good, and in fact can sometimes make the situation worse, if the delivery person gets called on the carpet: they may divert your mail on purpose, then! All-in-all, though, I've been pretty lucky with my mail, as 9.75 out of 10 times, it seems to get to where it's supposed to go, and rather quickly! But from the amount of mail I receive that isn't mine, I figure there must be a Postal Angel looking out for other people, and have their mail sent to me rather than someone who'll open it/throw it away/keep it. If I can get the miss-delivered mail to where it belongs on my own, I do; if I can't, I hand-deliver it to the PO, and speak to a clerk, at least, about it (otherwise, it'll end up back in my box again the next day!) Rory
rory8535
(2 months, 24 days ago)ohhh, I like how you think. I'll do that. It's not that there would be anything I could do about it, but at least I'd know and not trade with that person again.
Sue
(2 months, 24 days ago)You can always check back in the future to see if the book is ever listed by receiver. Put the book on your save for later list. It would appear as one to mooch and you could check if the person you sent the book to listed it. Just an idea.
Roo
(2 months, 27 days ago)That's good to know. I'm fairly new at BookMooch and this was the first time I've had someone say they didn't get a book. I hope it's just a freak thing that happened. Good to know it's trackable, though, if it happens consistently with one person.
Sue
(2 months, 27 days ago)Sue, nothing really. But, if a pattern emerges that someone does this continuously, as in, they're abusing the system, believe me when I tell you this, they will be discovered, and the Admins will call them out and close/suspend their account.
Hercules40 (a.k.a. PapaG)
(2 months, 28 days ago)I may be cynical, but as I was marking a book "lost in the mail", I noticed that the person requesting the book gets their points back and I get to keep my points for sending. I paid for tracking and it showed the book was delivered, but the party said she never got it. She replied to my email asking about receipt of the book by saying "you should mark it lost in the mail." I waited 2 months, then finally marked it lost. What is to stop someone from saying a book was lost in the mail when in fact they did get it, thereby they get their points back? I guess I shouldn't care about it, I still got my points, and there's no way to prove they actually got the book - it just bothers me.
Sue
(3 months, 22 days ago)I guess contacting me first would give me a chance to provide the tracking number, which they could use when contacting the post office. It isn't a guarantee that they'd find the package, but it's worth a try. In my experience, not everyone knows that they can try to find a lost package by contacting their local post office / postal carrier about it. Or that talking to a neighbor might help. I don't know if this is suggested when someone is trying to mark an item as lost, but it would be helpful to mention, or to suggest they contact the sender.
Valerie
(3 months, 27 days ago)Valerie, once you have sent the package, what else can you do for the receiver if they have not received the book? I guess I don't understand what contacting you would do. I don't mean that in a snarky way, I am just wondering if there are more steps that senders can take if they have a tracking number for a missing package. I can attest to the fact that USPS tracking is not perfect, sometimes saying things are delivered days before they are. Also, delivered does not mean delivered to the right address.
Sarah
(3 months, 29 days ago)I just had this happen as well, but the receiver did not contact me first to ask, and marked it as "lost" more than a month after it was supposedly delivered. Is there any way to dispute this kind of thing, or at least to suggest people get in touch before marking something as lost?
Valerie
(4 months, 4 days ago)Thanks. I hate to mark a book "lost in mail" when I sent tracking, but the other party said that it's happened to her before, a book got put in the wrong mailbox. I'd think if it was delivered to wrong mailbox, the person would return it to correct box or p.o., because it's obviously not junk mail.
Sue
(4 months, 6 days ago)My feeling is-- this time of year things are really crazy at the Post Office….If the book doesn't show up within a day or two of the "delivered" scan, I would contact the local Post Office where the person lives and tell them them what happened and ask them to look for it, and see what they can do (it was scanned "delivered" but the person never got it). Or maybe the person you sent it to can call, with the tracking number that you have. But sometimes things turn up a day or 2 later, or it might be at the Post Office on a shelf somewhere, or they can talk to the mail carrier, but don't wait too long….Good luck! Edited to add: or you can also call 1-800-ASK-USPS and tell them what happened, and ask them to contact the Post Office of the receiver for you.
Melanie C.
"Dupe copies"

Hello, looking at my inventory, one of the actions in the drop-down field is "Remove dupe copies".

What are dupe copies in this context? Simply duplicate copies? Similar = related editions, but not the same copy?

nonameblue
2 months, 12 days ago
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(2 months, 11 days ago)Duplicate copies. You can set your account to not allow you to enter duplicate copies of the same book in your inventory (so you don't do it by mistake). It used to be that it was impossible to have more than one copy of the same book, but that was changed when people requested the ability to put multiple copies for the same book in their inventory (book club books, classroom sets or a self-published author).
Cara
The Wiki is back!

Yeah, the wiki is working again. Great source of information for newbies!

http://wiki.bookmooch.com/index.php/Main_Page

Thanks to whoever fixed it;)

Cara
3 months, 16 days ago
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(3 months, 7 days ago)Brian, when mailing within Canada, if the book is under 2 cm thick (some children's books and other small books) you can mail the book as a large letter rather than a parcel which makes it more affordable. Sending a single book anywhere but within your own Province is not economical for one point. You can ask for multiple mooches from other Canadians to help.
Cara
(3 months, 8 days ago)Brian, as nonameblue said, you have to pay for the books you're asked for. This is compensated for by the fact that the books you ask are paid by the ones to whom you ask them. I see you're living in Canada (as Cara and I) and I'll admit the shipping costs are almost prohibitive here. I'll advise to send books less often and ask moochers to mooch more than one at a time (so the price/bm point ratio is more acceptable), advising people mooching from you that it may take a while before they get it because of the shipping prices. Another way to save a bit is to send from the US, if you live close to the border or have to get there often. Consider also that shipping a book to the US costs you more or less the same as to Canada, but gives you 3 points instead of one (the opposite is also true). You may also save a bit on envelopes by buying them in bulk or reusing the ones from the books you receive, if they're still in a usable state. It may seem like you're sending (and spending) a lot in the beginning, but hang in there and, after a while when the sending and receiving starts to balance itself, the experience feels a lot more enjoyable, trust me !
Sébastien
(3 months, 8 days ago)You, the giver of the book, pay the postage. That's the principle here. If international postage is too high for you, you can check a box in your profile that you will only send inside your own country. That is often cheaper than sending abroad. You can also look at the "Angel" concept if you would like to mooch from elsewhere. Some Bookmooch members with limited funds for postage put a note in their profile that they can only afford to send X books per week/ month, so that moochers are warned it could take some time. You could do that, or put a notice to contact you via Email first.
nonameblue
(3 months, 8 days ago)I am new to book mooch. I have just received my first request for a book.I dont mind sending it but who pays for the postage. If I have to pay postage for every request I am going to go broke. Can someone explain to me how this works Brian
Brian Gadsby
America is NOT US

I don't know if it's just me, but I'm Canadian and it annoys me a bit that the US is cited as "America" all around BookMooch... America is a full continent including South, Central and North America, so technically, Canadians, Mexicans, even Brazilians can all call themselves Americans. I do understand that we refer to the residents of the US of A as Americans, but at least can we call the country "US" or "USA" ? It really feels strange receiving an e-mail asking me if I agree to send a book to a foreign "country" that is actually the continent I live in !

Just wondered if I was the only weird one out there who thinks it sounds a bit wrong...

Sébastien
4 months, 14 days ago
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(3 months, 28 days ago)Thanks for your input Ashley ! It's mostly as I thought from the research I've made. I'd like to add that in Italian, "statunitense" (united-statesians) is more common than "americano", but both are used.
Sébastien
(3 months, 29 days ago)In the parts of South America I am familiar with, the term americano refers to anyone from North or South America. Referring to oneself as americano is understood, but considered a bit boorish. In Spain, in my experience, estadounidense is preferred, but americano/a is used more often than in South America. However, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world; the worldwide diversity is staggering. My experiences are by no means "the last word" on the subject.
Ashley
(4 months, 2 days ago)@Roo, In French, the still official term is "Américain", which is simply the translation of "American". But the Canadian province of Québec (the only one to be officially French speaking and the one I'm from), being extra careful not to include too may anglicisms in its language (out of fear of being assimilated, if you think it's ridiculous, look up the history of Acadia and Louisiana), coined the term "États-Uniens" or "Étatsuniens" (roughly translated as "Unitedstatesians"). the later is now officially accepted, even preferred, in Québec, but still sparsely used anywhere. In France the term is heavily debated and discarded by many as either too intellectual or anti-historical, even if technically accepted as correct, especially since it offers an option for a missing lexical term (because "Américain" also refers to citizens of the 3 continents, the exact meaning is usually deduced by the context). I recommend this article from the NY Times which was originally written in French but translated for the publication purpose : http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/06/opinion/06rousseau.html. As for Spanish, I found "Estadounidense" and "Estadunidense" to be official. I found that "Norteamericano" is sometimes used although technically it also refers to Canadians and Mexicans and the former is preferred. The term "Americano" in this context is considered an error but I believe it may be understood by many to mean people living in the USA, depending on context. Maybe someone from Latin America or Spain can weight in on that ?
Sébastien
(4 months, 4 days ago)Sebastien, Thanks for the language info. Very interesting, but I have question. I am a little unclear about the American and Amerique (sorry no accented e on my computer). What do the French and Spanish call a person from the US? At least to our face :>)
Roo
(4 months, 7 days ago)I looked up a few definitions in 5 languages I understand and it seems the distinction between US (or USA) and America varies a lot depending on the language. In English and Italian the two terms are interchangeable and accepted one for the other. In both languages "Americas" is usually used in the plural form to differentiate the 3 (North, Center and South) continents from the country. In German it's not official, but it's understood and accepted in common language. Whereas in both French and Spanish, "América" and "Amérique" could only mean the continent and another use (i.e. to designate the country) would be a translation or geographical error, hence my reluctance to see it in the correspondence (my first language is French). So, as long as the e-mails and the site are displayed in English, this isn't really a mistake. I thought I should make that clear after the debate I caused.
Sébastien
(4 months, 13 days ago)@WM, I'm sorry you feel that way, but I know where it comes from. I'm not complaining about the fees of postal service : you'll notice, even if it's been less than a month that I'm a member, that I've already sent 4 books to the US. I was just explaining for the benefit of someone living in Europe or elsewhere outside North America, that because of geopolitical borders, prices for shipping are not dependent on distance here. Maybe it's because I'm from Quebec that I feel the urge to let a big majority know their bellybutton isn't the only interesting place out there (I believe Catalans, Basques, Scots, Tibetans and Natives from many countries who got almost exterminated by European power nations at one time or another in history would relate a little more to this point of view). I'm not trying to complain only for the sake of complaining. I noticed something that seems unworthy of a website that claims to be international and wanted to know what were the opinions of other users of the site so we can have an intelligent debate without insult towards anyone, no matter how different their opinion from our own. I know I shouldn't expect such a thing as "an intelligent debate without insults" on the Internet, but call me a dreamer, I'll keep trying !
Sébastien
(4 months, 13 days ago)Again, tired of the rhetoric and people who stir up controversy just to be heard, it is sad.
WM
(4 months, 13 days ago)@WM: I didn't say "All Americans" or "All American Bookmooch Members", I said "Americans", because I was referring to the Internet as a whole, and there are countless examples of sites that simply assume from the get-go that everything (starting with the English language itself - AE without acknowledging BE) is American. (Obviously big companies have an interest to provide delivery into other countries, but a lot of sites don't belong to that category). A good example of the top of my head is TV tropes, which specifies in some pages that it relates to US, but in most pages, just describes the situation in the US without mentioning other cultures or countries. That's frustrating.
nonameblue
(4 months, 13 days ago)I am so tired of many things: International comments from people who have been on the site for less than a month who have little to no experience of BookMooch trading, people who don't send internationally or pick and choose to send internationally who have been on BookMooch for more than a year. I am tired of members who stir the pot to cause trouble internationally. That said, sadly I bought into responding to them, for that I am sorry. I am not sorry for being a huge supporter of BookMooch and a community of people who want to trade books without drama.
WM
(4 months, 13 days ago)@nonameblue Your comment "Yes, it is annoying that Americans tend to act as if their way is standard for everything and outside doesn't exist." is insulting. Painting a broad brush is foolish. Back up your statement that "Americans tend to act as if their way is standard for everything and outside doesn't exist" with examples. Check my BM history of trades and look at the Forum "Holiday Card Exchange 2013" and then tell me that "everything outside (America) doesn't exist". We exist with many mooches, BookMooch friends and a wonderful Holiday Exchange.
WM
(4 months, 13 days ago)@Sebastian, Stop being such a pain. Within continents there are countries. Within countries there are postal services. Within those continents and countries and postal services there are rules. Live with them or get out. Leave BookMooch if you aren't happy and let the rest of us alone to trade in peace. Willow
WM
(4 months, 13 days ago)nonameblue, I understand what you mean and I also agree that it's commonly accepted for "people" living in the US, but not to designate the country itself. Imagine if any country in Europe, feeling superior to any other (I believe France, Germany and England could get to that conclusion...) decided to call their own country "Europe", wouldn't people from all other European countries feel upset about it ? The situation seen from the postal service is also peculiar considering it costs more to send something 350 km away (upstate New York) than 3500 km away (Vancouver), only because one falls outside the national postal company's jurisdiction. Anyway I was just suggesting the Bookmooch website could adjust the denomination of USA in their communication. And ask other users how they feel about it. Thanks for the explanation of how it works on your side of the Atlantic !
Sébastien
(4 months, 13 days ago)>It really feels strange receiving an e-mail asking me if I agree to send a book to a foreign "country" that is actually the continent I live in ! I don't quite know what's strange about that - the postal service cares more about "inside one country" and "outside" (years ago, my postal service had Europe, World 1 and World 2 with different rates, according to distance, but now everything not in my country is simply International. As European, there are dozens of countries on my continent, but the difference between them is 1 or 3 Euros. (Plus often a different language...) And "America" is not just the geographical name for the continent. It's also established in common (layman's) language as shorthand for "people living in the USA". Yes, it is annoying that Americans tend to act as if their way is standard for everything and outside doesn't exist. But no matter how much others gripe, it's unlikely to displace the established common usage.
nonameblue
(4 months, 14 days ago)Yes, it annoys the heck out of me too.........North America, South America, we're all Americans really! What a pain!
LibrarianWisconsinSchoolfortheDeaf
Ignorer user

Hi! I had a problem with an user. I sent her two books (quite heavy, so the shipping was very expensive compared with others packages I use to mail), around eight months ago. I know she has received them, but I didn't get any confirmation from her account. I have sent her several reminder e-mails, for getting my points, but I obtained no answer. What should I do in this case? I would really appreciate if someone knows. I think this kind of behaviour damages initiatives like BookMooch, which works due to its users' reciprocity.

Thanks, guys!

Edén
3 months, 29 days ago
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(3 months, 29 days ago)I don't understand if you can send them, why you can't mark them as sent. It is not a very good idea to send books without marking them sent since the moocher can change their mind (or decide the books are taking to long) and cancel the mooch so you lose the points. You can delay books and mark them sent when you mail them. If the moocher doesn't mind the delay from you being out of the country there is no problem.

I am glad the your problem was resolved. That was a good idea emailing outside of Bookmooch, I should have suggested it! That is often the problem.
Cara

(3 months, 29 days ago)Hi, Cara, thanks for answering me. I think the problem has been solved. I sent her an e-mail directly to her (not to her BookMooch account), and she has finally changed the status of the books. I can't send books regularly because I study abroad, so every time I receive a request I notify the other person when I could send them and if it fits to her/him, so normally any issue like this one had happened. I guess that she simply had forgotten. Thanks again!
Edén
(3 months, 29 days ago)I am confused as I do not see two books in your pending which have been marked "sent" from two months ago. It is very important to mark books sent as soon you have mailed them. If you don't the moocher can cancel the mooch and you will lose the points, even if you have already mailed the books. Once they have both been marked sent, after a few weeks you can then click the "remind" button. Six weeks later a "forced received" button while appear which will allow you to mark the books as received. If the other member mooched the books from you, you have already received the points. What you do not have is the feedback score.

If, however, you mailed the books to them without them having mooched them from you, there is very little that can be done about the situation.
Cara

Managing requests from the site

Hi all,

I joined about a month ago and I wondered if there was a way to manage requests (to send to a different country, to mooch, etc.) from the BM site itself instead of having to go through the e-mail ?

I think using e-mail isn't necessarily a bad way to work, but it'd be nice to have all the activity we need to act upon at the same-ish place, so I wouldn't have to log into two different websites to manage my bookmooch activity.

I just wanted to make sure, before I posted on the new feature forum, that it wasn't just because I haven't found where it is.

Thank you !

Sébastien
4 months, 9 days ago
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(4 months, 8 days ago)There has been a request posted here before that "ask first" requests please be included with mooch requests on the Pending page, but so far, no response. I think it would encourage people to actually respond to such requests if they were visible on their account, rather than just on the book details page as a reserve.
Cara
(4 months, 8 days ago)I would like this facility too. I also find it quite annoying to have to check email against my account on here. I'm sure we're not the only ones.
donna
Foreign mooch

I have a mooch request come from Italy I think but the e mail is in a foreign language and I have no idea what to do with it. I cannot afford to send overseas but I do not know which link to click to tell them that.I am unsure as if I do the wrong one I may be committing myself to send it.
Anyone know which of the 2 links on the email I should click.

carol peace
5 months, 10 days ago
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(4 months, 14 days ago)I speak Italian. If you're still curious, send me the original message by e-mail and I'll translate it for you (human translation is always better).
Sébastien
(5 months, 8 days ago)Thank you Cara I think that is what happened. I will wait and see if I get another but in the meantime I will ignore.
carol peace
(5 months, 9 days ago)Carol, I suspect you received a related book wishlist email from Bookmooch. Since the related edition was a translation in another language, you received the email in that language. This happens all the time. Just ignore the email, you will not receive another. You can remove the related edition from your wishlist by clicking "remove" by the edition.
Cara
(5 months, 9 days ago)Thank you willow that helps but unfortunately the book they are asking for is not in my inventory and I do not have it available. I have just realised that the book is in thier inventory and on my wishlist but it is in Italian I think. I cant work how to use the translation site you have given me , sorry. Its probably just me being thick I did try and reply to thier email but is has been returned..
carol peace
(5 months, 9 days ago)Hello Carol, You are set for "only to my country". I believe that the potential moocher was asking if you would consider sending the book to them via BookMooch email, in their language. This will not show up in your pending as there is no way the person may request the book from you unless you reserve it for them as they are not "in your country". Go to a translation site, there are many but www.translategoogle.com is rather good, copy and paste the entire email message. When you know what the potential moocher is asking then respond in an email, translated by google with your response. The email was not a mistake it was just a member asking you if you would consider sending outside your country. To make sure of that, copy and paste the email address from the email and search for books by members, pasting the email address into the box for "email or id", that will take you to the member's "home page" on BookMooch. Ciao, Willow
WM
(5 months, 9 days ago)Thank you both I will do that. It doesnt show in my pending so I have no idea why it came to me I will do a reply in the morning. Thanks again.
carol peace
(5 months, 9 days ago)If the mooch does not appear in your pending, I would assume it is some kind of glitch. You could just reply that you believe you received the email by mistake.
Cara
(5 months, 9 days ago)The links on the Bookmooch page itself to deny or accept a request should be in the language you selected (that is, English). I would use Google translation for the Email, write an answer in English (Both that you can't send overseas and that you didn't understand the original Email), put it through the translator and send both, the (bad) Google translation and the English version. Sending two versions of the message improves the chance that the message will get through. If the message was more than a simple request, the sender may try to translate on his end and send a new Email.
nonameblue
(5 months, 10 days ago)Not sure how to do that would i have to translate the whole email. I could see if my son can do that when he comes, thank you.
carol peace
(5 months, 10 days ago)Try one of the free online translators.
John Vernon Scott
(5 months, 10 days ago)sorry It seems that they are asking for a book I do not have. ?
carol peace
Hardcover books

I'm only interested in hardcover books. Is there a way to browse the data base by hardcover only?

Tana
4 months, 24 days ago
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(4 months, 20 days ago)not that I know of, unfortunately :( .
Melanie C.
When to mark a book lost?

It has been almost two months since I mailed my book to the requester. I have emailed twice with no response and she has not logged on for 65 day. Do I just give it up as a lost book? It would be my first lost book and for some reason it makes me sad to mark lost. Sounds silly. I know.

LolaDolores
4 months, 22 days ago
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(4 months, 22 days ago)If they are not replying and have not logged onto the website, the book probably isn't lost. If you wait for six weeks after the last time you have reminded them, you will get a Force Received button. That is different than marking it lost because it will not give them back a credit. Marking it lost will give them a credit but you will not lose a credit. When people don't respond, I use the Forced Received button. I have never had someone come back and be angry that I marked it that way.
Sarah
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