Potential new Dogeared feature: Scarcity ratings for ML titles

Terry I. Seymour tseymour at ptd.net
Wed May 11 18:58:09 EDT 2005

In my Guide for Everyman's Library I assign seven scarcity ratings. My
system may be of interest to your users.
7 is the most common and 1 is the scarcest. 5 is a special rating that
applies to very popular titles that, due to normal handling, are hard to
find in collectible condition.
Terry Seymour 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
Behalf Of Scot Kamins
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 2:32 PM
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Subject: Potential new Dogeared feature: Scarcity ratings for ML titles


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 The values in the Guide are of some help, but they are out
of date and don't reflect the more recent access to availability that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 level.

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 Gray.

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

Scot Kamins
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