–The PBS Database of available books reached 500,000 at 5:01 PM ET on 5/21/2006. The book was “The Poison Master” by Liz Williams, and was posted into the system by Chris B. Congratulations to Barbara S. (barbelaine1) of Perryville, MD, who guessed the time exactly, and won 50 credits! We predict a great summer of reading for Barbara! Thanks to all who played.
Archive for June, 2006
–We are in beta testing phase now, and hope to open the site to everyone soon. Thanks to all our beta testers, who are helping us work out the kinks so that the site can run smoothly after it opens.
–Many of you are using PBS-DC, with great results! Typically, senders are getting their credits the day after mailing the book—some within just hours. Even for those few packages unscanned by USPS until delivery, senders are STILL getting their credits faster than they would have. **Remember that using PBS Delivery Confirmation does NOT tell the system that the book has been mailed. You still need to click that button “Book Has Been Mailed” before the deadline on the transaction, to tell the system (and the requestor) that the book is on its way!
PBS has been in the news lately! We want hard copies for our files. Any member who sends in an article about PBS from a newspaper or magazine will get a reward. These must be actual clippings, not Xeroxes or links.
Mail them to:
3651 Peachtree Pkwy Suite E390
Suwanee, GA 30024
Within the next month, PBS nicknames will become permanent. Make sure that you like your nickname and want to stick with it, because you will soon be stuck with it! You can adjust your nickname to something you want to keep permanently in your Account Settings, available from the dropdown menu under My Account on the right-hand side of your account page. For those of you who don’t have nicknames yet, you can choose one by making a public profile in your Account Settings. Remember, only members with public profiles are listed in the Member Directory. Someone may be trying to find YOU to give you a credit, or to order one of your books!
Vacation time is here!
–If you are planning to be away from your computer during the summer months (and we certainly hope this is the case!), take advantage of the Vacation/Hold feature, which will put your bookshelf on hold and prevent any requests during the time period that you choose. It will also “hide” your Wish List from the system, maintaining your place in line, so that any WL items not on auto-request will not be offered to you while you are unable to confirm that you still want the book.
The Hold feature will NOT affect your ongoing (already-in-progress) transactions; this means that your email account will still receive inquiries about books en route to you, or books that you have agreed to send. If you have books en route to you when you go on vacation, don’t worry! You can mark them received when you get home, from your lost books list, accessible from a link at the top of your Completed Transactions page.
The Hold feature will also NOT hide books that you post that are on Wish Lists—these books bypass your bookshelf and are offered immediately to the first member on the Wish List. If you want to post Wish Listed books, you should wait until you will be able to send them out.
To access the Vacation/Hold feature, simply log into your account and click My Account on the right. Choose I’m Away From Home from the dropdown menu, and select the dates of your hold on the next page. You can read more about the feature on that page as well. You can set the Hold in advance, and unHold at any time by clicking the button at the top of your account page.
Some members continue to cancel Wish List offers frequently, despite our admonitions to tidy up their Wish Lists to be sure items listed there are ones that are still wished-for. The occasional Wish List cancel is not a problem; but some folks—and you know who you are!—cancel far too often. This is inconsiderate to the Wishing members in line behind you, who have to wait for the book to be offered to them, as well as to the members who post WL items and have to wait through several “declines” before they can send out their book offer. Please take a few minutes to look over your Wish Lists, and if you are one of the members who have not cut your WL down yet, the time is coming soon when the system will do this for you! The limit is 200 items—you don’t want the PBS computer to choose which items are moved to your Reminder List, do you? We didn’t think so! Thanks to those who have trimmed their Wish Lists already—we know this was painful, but it’s beneficial to the club as a whole and we appreciate your efforts!