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Archive for September, 2005

List Syndication (RSS): Newsletter – September 2005

Monday, September 5th, 2005

This present is for all of our members that have their own website. (Sorry to the rest, but we have to do a technologically advanced birthday present to satisfy our techno-savvy members!)

So if you have your own website……How would you like to be able to display all of your PBS books for others to see on your website? And what if they could join PaperBackSwap and request one of your books? How cool would that be?

So cool, that we decided to create it just for you. Now you can display your PaperBackSwap books that you currently have posted on PBS onto your website! And to make it even better you can now show them your “Wish List”, your “TBR (To Be Read)” pile or your “Books I have Read” list.

Also, you can slide on over to the customization panel and change the colors to your liking. You can also choose any of the four lists to display. Pick and choose. You decide. These options can be found in your account in “My Account Settings” => “List Syndication”. Hey, some of you asked for it – we delivered!

And for the really, really technologically advanced members, you can also get your updates through a RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed. Simply subscribe to the URL http://www.paperbackswap.com/rss/index.rss for updates. This file is updated every 5 minutes with the most 15 most recently posted books. Now that is cool!

More Advanced Referral Options: Newsletter – September 2005

Monday, September 5th, 2005

We have added more options to help spread the word about PaperBackSwap. There are some new bookmarks and also a new flyer with pull tabs. Look for the word NEW next to these items. Remember all referrals between now and October 31st at midnight ET are worth 2 credits. This means more books for you! Visit the Advanced Referrals updated page for more info on this feature.

20 Questions: Newsletter – September 2008

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

This present is a game for book lovers that we can all play over and over! You remember the childhood game called 20 Questions? Well, we have come up with our own version for all of our members at PaperBackSwap. The objective is to guess the answer to the question “Which – Book Title, Author or Character – am I?”

1. The possible categories for the answer include: Book Title, Author or Character
2. You can only ask Yes or No questions. If you ask a question that is neither Yes or No, then you will get a response of NA (not applicable or relevant).
3. You can guess as many times as you want. You may submit multiple questions in one day if you so choose.
4. Each time you ask a question, you earn a point.
5. Questions are answered by the host of the game once per day; timing of the host’s answers may vary from day to day so keep a watchful eye.
6. The person who guesses correctly with the lowest score wins.
7. The contest will be held over a predetermined amount of time as determined by the host. Usually 1 to 4 weeks. You can join in at any time during the game.
8. No results will be posted until the end of the game.
9. The host is responsible for all prizes!

Any member can become a host and run their own game. Please see the instructions for HOSTING YOUR OWN GAME! Let The Games Begin!!!!!!!!

My TBR (To-Be-Read) Pile: Newsletter – September 2005

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Now you have an easy and convenient way to organize your ever-mounting To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile! This new feature allows you to list all the books on hand you’ve been meaning to read. Simply click on the TBR button and input the ISBNs of the books to include on your list.

Once you list your books, you can click and drag them in the order you want them listed. You can even sort this list by title and author. You can also leave notes about each book. Once you finish reading a book, simply click “Post Book” to place it onto your bookshelf. How much easier can it get? Sorry, we don’t clean windows . . . Get started adding those books to your My TBR Pile.

New York Times® Best Seller List: Newsletter – September 2005

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Everybody has an opinion, right? And the New York Times is no exception! So, by popular demand, we have added the Best Seller List from the New York Times®. We will be updating it on a weekly basis, as it is published every Sunday.

Going forward, we will be storing all the lists. So, in the future, if you want to review popular books from the past, we’ll have it all right here for you. We hope you enjoy this new feature. All the best and happy reading!

Daily Digest (your 24 hour reminder) Now Sorted by Genre: Newsletter – September 2005

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

The Daily Digest just gets better . . . and better. Now when you receive customized updates of all newly posted books, they’ll be presorted by genre. No need to wade through the list looking for the different types of books you want. Your daily email of all new book posts will be pre-sorted according to the genres that you have requested. Spend less time searching and more time finding the books you want within 24 hours of their listing. If you haven’t signed up for your ‘daily dose’, be sure to check out how this feature brings the best to you! Be sure to customize your Daily Digest settings today!

Keyword Search: Newsletter – September 2005

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Have you ever wanted to just “do a search” without having to choose all the different search parameters? Well now you can!

We have updated our basic search to do just that. On the Search page you can enter any combination of a title or author to find results that apply to all the words you entered. Other fields for searching include: Author, Title, ISBN, Binding and Publication Date. The results from each search are sorted in order of priority that you selected. The results will be displayed in descending order for you to review.