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Survey Winners

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Survey Winners

We invited a random sampling of members to take part in a survey about PBS. We want to thank everyone that participated. Your responses will help us continue to be the best book club in America.

We held a drawing from all those that completed the survey. These are the lucky 10 members that won 5 credits and $5.00 PBS Money:

Amy M.
Dexter S.
Michelle B.
Dana G.
Edward H.
Leonora L.
Deborah C.
Holly B.
Janet T.
Monica C.

Stock up on SparkNotes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

SparkNotes: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Students. It’s that time of year again. Time to Stock up on SparkNotes study guides!

To help you out we’ve put together a couple of ways to find them on our site:

  1. Here is a list of all available SparkNotes (green means it’s available!)
  2. Just in case we missed a few here is another way to search for SparkNotes on PaperBackSwap.com
  3. If you can’t find it in SparkNotes you may try Cliff Notes Study Guides as well.

We’ve got tons of these Study Guides available.  Here is how to get them. If you’re new to PaperBackSwap.com you’ll need to register where we’ll confirm your U.S.P.S. Address. Once you post 10 books to swap we’ll give you 2 free credits to get started.  (IF you’re not interested in swapping books you can still order books from our members…  just buy credits from out Kiosk for $3.45/ea and it will include shipping!)  Then once your done, post it again for someone else to use!

What are SparkNotes?
SparkNotes are Today’s Most Popular Study Guides.   They offer study guides in famous literature, test prep, and popular subjects.  SparkNotes books and SparkNotes.com exist to help students learn and practice basic skills, write a paper, study for a test and achieve their academic goals. We believe that doing well in school and learning is its own reward, and that learning is more than just getting a diploma from a brand name college.   We believe that the content of SparkNotes reflects this philosophy—our analysis sections are detailed and longer than our summaries, and the supplementary sections, such as “Character Analysis” and “Themes, Motifs, and Symbols” are scholarly secondary material that can be invaluable when developing paper ideas or writing papers. SparkNotes are there to help you understand literature—not as a substitute for it.   -SparkNotes.com

Popular Literature:

SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet

Understand Shakespeare!

SparkNotes: AP Power Pack Chemistry Test Prep

SparkNotes: Test Prep: SAT, ACT,  Advanced Placement, etc.

SparkCharts: SAT Vocabulary

SparkNotes: SparkCharts

Dear Librarian,

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Dear Librarian- The other day I got an email reminding me to repost a book I’d received.   But I’ve already reposted that book!  Why did I get that email?  –Curious in Chillicothe

Dear Cue,

The email was actually encouraging you to rate or even review the book, if you had read it.  Assigning star ratings is one of the most helpful things a member can do for the club — it helps other members get a better idea if they might want to order that book.  It also helps any member who has posted the book – a highly-rated book is more likely to be requested.  So rate those you have, and those you don’t have but have read!   And if you’re feeling chatty, reviewing a book is really a terrific thing to do also, to let other members know what you thought of a book.  It doesn’t have to be a “literary” review – but hearing from another member why she or he liked (or didn’t like) a book can really mean a lot to someone who is browsing for his or her next read.  “Real words” from “real members” carry a lot more power than the publisher’s blurb!

Dear Librarian-  I am in a military family and we are at an APO address.  That means sometimes the books we request take longer to get to us, and many of them are declared “lost” by PBS before we get them.  Not to worry – I have read the Help Center information on managing accounts from USPS-served addresses outside the contiguous US, and I know how to mark the books received from my Transaction Archive and give the senders credit.  What I am wondering is, why do I sometimes get another offer of the book after I have marked it received?  Shouldn’t the system know I got the book and take it off my Wish List?  — All Puzzled Over this at APO

Dear Po,

Yes, the system should know you got the book.  When it was declared “lost” it went onto your Wish List automatically – it makes sense that when you mark it received it will come off your Wish List automatically.  But that is not how things have been happening – up until now, members have had to remember to go take the formerly “lost” books off their Wish Lists after marking them received from the Transaction Archive.   Yes, we did say “up until now”!  How observant of you, Po!  Yes, we have finally fixed this and now when you mark a “lost” (or canceled) book as received, the item will come off your Wish List automatically (unless you mark the book “received, but with a problem”).   Just a few more clicks we’re saving you in your day!  Thanks for nudging us to take care of this – we’ve had it on our To Do list for a while. 🙂

Member of the Month – August 2009 – PaperBackSwap.com

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Melanie H (Melsy626)

Melanie is one of our Games Moderators, and nominations for her have been coming in for a long time! Comments we got with nominations for Melanie:

She has been really helpful to me in the Games forum and I’ve really enjoyed chatting with her.”

“She is a very positive influence on the boards. I have met her in person and she has a sweet, bubbly personality and a big smile on her face.

“Ever since I joined PBS (specifically in the Games forum!), she has been so helpful and kind. And, I love all of her exclamation points!!!! 🙂 She’s a great person and I am glad to call her my PBS friend!

Melanie, you’ve clearly had a “winning” effect on other members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are our Member of the Month for August.  Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month,
submit them to us here.  Your nomination will not “expire”–anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who’s helped you in the Forums, who’s been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows–one of them might be YOU!

PBS Local Book Chapter News:

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

New Local Chapter Leaders:

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS NIckname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills…check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.

Books for Dog Lovers

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Summer Reading

Speaking of Dog Days…. check out these great books, currently available to request

James Herriot's Dog Stories
Classic stories from the great animal storyteller… James Herriot’s Dog Stories. Here are the complete dog stories from the first four volumes of the warm and witty memoirs of the beloved Yorkshire vet.  Certain to please any dog lover, these stories can be read over and over again.
Hiking with your Dog
For those who love to be outdoorsHiking with your Dog. A practical guide to hiking and camping with your canine buddy.
The Angel by My Side Memoir …The Angel By My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man…and a Man Who Saved a Dog. Two serious heart attacks and open-heart surgery had taken away most of the good things that Mike Lingenfelter had in his life, when an energetic golden retriever named Dakota, who had been rescued from death himself, came to the rescue…
The Blessing of the Animals
Heartwarming tales of an animal’s heroic feats…. The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny and The Blessing of the Animals : True Stories of Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Cats. Meet Ginny, who has an amazing sixth-sense ability to find and rescue ailing stray cats.  She and her owner Philip have carried out incredible rescues – in one scenario, she burrows frantically through a container filled with broken glass, badly cutting her paws, to expose a tiny injured kitten. Don’t miss these two books!
To Dance with the White Dog Contemporary fiction…To Dance With the White Dog. Sam Peek has lost his beloved wife of fifty-seven good years, and his children worry: how can this elderly man live alone? When Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as the pure driven snow — a dog that seems invisible to everyone but him — his children think that grief and old age have finally taken their toll…it’s a bittersweet, lovely tale of an old man’s