Potential new Dogeared feature: Scarcity ratings for ML titles

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Wed May 11 15:32:26 EDT 2005


I'm forever getting e-mails from folks asking about he scarcity of this 
or that ML titles. The values in the Guide are of some help, but they 
are out of date and don't reflect the more recent access to 
availability that Internet auctions and buying venues provide.

So I'm thinking that it would be great to devise a rarity scale for 
titles in DJs. Each DJ in the database would display the scarcity 

I suggest a simplified scale with five levels:  R1 would be the most 
common (typified by Shaw's Four Plays) and R5 would be the most scarce 
(for example, an unremaindered Gatsby). Perhaps there could be a 
special category for ones never seen, such as a first catalog Dorian 

Of course, there would be many issues to be worked through; the 
discussions would take place right here in this Listserv.

Whaddayathink? Would this be valuable? What are the issues to be 
resolved? Are five categories enough? What would the criteria for 
categories be? What else?

Scot Kamins
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