Little-known fact about August: it is a thief! The months used to alternate between 30 and 31 days all through the calendar, but when the Romans decided to give Caesar Augustus a month, they didn’t want to annoy him (= they did not want to be beheaded) by giving him a shorter month than Julius Caesar’s month that fell before his. So, poor February shuffled up and sacrificed a day to prevent an Imperial Tantrum. And September had a day wrested away from her too, so there would not be four “long” months in a row. The Romans were all about symmetry. And um, not getting beheaded.
In modern times, August is the Dog Days of Summer, the last gasp before Back-to-School. It boasts National Wiggle-Your-Toes Day and National Blame-Someone-Else Day and National Book Lovers’ Day! Not to mention Sneak-Some-Zucchini-Onto-Your-Neighbor’s-Porch Night, which is always a rollicking good time.
At PaperBackSwap, we like the dictionary definition of August: inspiring awe and admiration; majestic. In keeping with that, we are happy to roll out some interface changes, some brand new features, and some upgrades to existing features on the site. We think they’re pretty awe-inspiring, and we hope you like them too. We also did a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work on the site to make it work better and faster and be more pleasing to the eye. Check out the Book Details page (for any book) for one example of the interface changes–no more scrolling to get to the book description! You can expect the features described below to “go live” this week.
Have a great month, everyone, and don’t trip over the zucchini!
The PaperBackSwap Team
Archive for August, 2008
You can expect the following changes (and more!) to be implemented the week of August 11th. To read about all of the items below, you can go to the Help Center and read the items under What’s New on the left side of the Browse Help Docs page.
Member Homepage. New feature. This is the page you will see now if you click Home when you are logged into the site. It has all kinds of nifty stuff on it, including recently-posted AVAILABLE books in the genres you are interested in, recently-posted AVAILABLE books in all genres, Recent Book Reviews, and the New Member Spotlight. When you first go to the Member Homepage you will need to choose your favorite genres (you can edit these at any time!) to personalize the books displayed at the top of your Member Homepage. The most recently-written Review will also appear on the Homepage (this will change frequently), and the New Member Spotlight will showcase recently-joined members who have posted books. So, for all those members who never click Home because it’s always shown the same old stuff…you can go home again! Read more about the Member Homepage here.