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2009 Georgia Literary Festival

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

PaperBackSwap.com is excited to be attending the Georgia Literary Festival as a merchant this year.

The 2009 Georgia Literary Festival will be held Saturday, October 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City Auditorium of Rome, Georgia.

Rome Georgia Apartments and Rentals

The 11th annual festival, a “moveable feast” celebrates Georgia’s rich literary heritage in a different city each year.  It marks the festival’s first appearance in Northwest Georgia. More than 30 authors will be lecturing, appearing on panels and signing books including Terry Kay, Hollis Gillespie, Virginia Willis, Robert J. Norrell, Lauretta Hannon, Patricia Sprinkle, Eric Haney, Joshilyn Jackson, Raymond Atkins and Kim Siegelson. Four Georgia writers, all with connections to the Rome area, will be honored at this year’s festival. They are: Calder Willingham, Jeanne Braselton, Anthony Grooms and Melanie Sumner. For more details, go to www.georgialiteraryfestival.org.
All events are free; no tickets required.
Where’s Rome? 1 hr NW of Atlanta, 1 hr S of Chattanooga, 1 1/2 hr NE of Birmingham
directions to the Rome, GA City Auditorium (601 Broad St, Rome, GA  30161)
download a schedule for the 2009 Georgia Literary Festival
Festival’s facebook page

Author Raymond Atkins

Author & Chair Raymond L. Atkins

The chair of the committee to plan for the festival is the Rome-based writer Raymond L. Atkins, author of the novels Sorrow Wood & The Front Porch Prophet, and a well-known contributor to magazines and newspapers.

That Evening:
Dead Poets Cocktail Party
In Spirit with the Georgia Literary Festival
An Evening of Luscious Wine, Wonderful Food and Live Music
Mingle and Imbibe with some of Georgia’s most talented Spirits
Directly Benefiting The Sara Hightower Regional Library
Produced by Cafe Luna, A Moveable Feast
Hosted by, The Claremont House, Bed and Breakfast, 2nd Avenue, Rome
5:30-10, Saturday, October 17
Immediately Following Terry Kay
At The Claremont House
Tickets are $40
Available at All Things Artistic, Rome Visitors Center
Or by Calling 706-767-5468, Mary Caldwell

We hope to see you there!
Richard & The PaperBackSwap Team

Store News: PBS CookBook is in, Package Openers & Free Trial of Delivery Confirmation

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


  • The Cookbook is here!  The Cookbook is here! Yes, the PBS Cookbook is shipping!  If you moved since you ordered the Cookbook make sure your account address is updated on your account.
  • And now we can reveal the surprise extra in the Cookbook:  In addition to all the great member recipes, there is a special collection of recipes submitted to us by some of PBS’ favorite authors, including Angela Hunt, Barbara Delinsky, Bertrice Small, Beverly Lewis, Carla Neggers, Charles David, Christopher Moore, Dave Barry, David Anthony, Diana Gabaldon, Elmer Kelton, Joy Nash, Judith Tarr, Julie Garwood, Karen Dinino, Ken Follett, Laura Fitzgerald, Linda Rosencrance, Linda Woods, Lisa See, Lisa Shearin, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Weis, Mindy Klasky, Philippa Gregory and Rob Palmer! We are grateful to these authors who agreed to contribute recipes.   Get your copy in the Kiosk before they’re sold out!
  • Also check out the newly added package openers: These handy-dandy items (one shown below) are just the thing you need to get that well-wrapped PBS package open without damaging the book inside.

FREE Delivery Confirmation. Don’t forget that if you have never used PBS-DC before, you have 3 free trials of the feature until October 24, 2009!  The 19-cent USPS e-DC fee still applies (you pay that with extra postage applied to the package) but the 27-cent PBS fee is waived for three separate shipments if you want to try this out.  PBS Delivery Confirmation comes with Quick Credit -which means that you don’t have to wait for the package to be received to get credit.   To try this out, choose “Print with Delivery Confirmation alone” (the middle option on the Wrapper Settings page) and your wrapper will print out with a DC barcode.  You can read more about PBS-DC here, in the Help Center.  Please note that Printable Postage is not included in this offer –it’s just for PBS-DC.

News: Wishlist Changes & Bookmarks on Demand

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Wish List Changes: We’ve made several tweaks to make this feature work better for you!  New sorting options are available, and now you can put individual items on hold without putting your Bookshelf on hold, and without losing your place in line for the book (you will continue to move up in line to get the book even while you have that item on hold).  You can read more about the changes in the Help Center.

Bookmarks on Demand. We asked the membership for input about updating the customizable bookmarks that you can download from the Spread the Word page to help you spread the word to fellow readers, and we’re thrilled with the results!  We think you will like them too.  Thanks to all who submitted suggestions to us.  Note that you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download here) to print the bookmarks.  Don’t forget that each new account you refer will earn you another book credit!  Read about eligibility requirements for referrals.

Dear Members,

Monday, October 12th, 2009

You may have seen on the news that Atlanta was hit by a series of torrential downpours that lasted for over a week. Although I was lucky not to be affected severely by it – I did spend more time indoors, and actually got to do some reading – the flooding was terrible and took some lives.   At times like these I think of our entire PBS family.  I hope that when any of you come face to face with Mother Nature’s wrath of any type, that you remain safe and well.

The flooding has stopped here now, and the creeks and rivers have returned to their banks.  The leaves are beginning to fall, and it’s hard to believe but it’s October again, and almost time for Trick-or-Treating.  Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, a good ghost (or witch, or vampire) story can’t be beat!  Look for our upcoming recommendations for books to get you into the Hallowe’en spirit.

We wish a safe and happy month to everyone,

and the PaperBackSwap Team

Wish List Changes!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

See How the Wish List Works for the information about how the Wish List works.

The following changes were introduced on 10/6/2009:

  • New feature! You can sort your Wish List by author (alphabetically by author’s last name), title (alphabetically), date (date you added it to your Wish List, position (your position in the lines for the books) and estimate (our estimate of when you might be offered the book).
  • New feature! Putting your whole Wish List on hold:
    • To do this, you choose “check all” at the top of the list and then click “Hold checked”
      • this will preserve your “place in line” in the Wish List but your Wish will not be active
      • this hold will also make auto-requested wishes INACTIVE.
      • You can do this page by page or do the whole Wish List by checking the additional box that appears when you check the “check all” box
    • You may want to do this for example if you have no credits to accept Wish List books, but you still want your Bookshelf to be active
  • New feature! You can also put individual items on hold if you are not ready to accept those items when they are offered to you
    • to do this, check the box to the left of the item and click Hold Checked.
    • This will preserve your “place in line” for the book but make the wish INACTIVE
    • Note: items on hold still count toward the 200-item limit on the Wish List.
  • New feature! Default auto-request option
    • You can now set the default at the top of the Wish List to choose auto-request for your future wishes – if you check this box, it will not affect any existing Wishes on your list, but all Wishes added while the box is checked will be set to auto-request by default.
    • Unchecking the box will not affect the settings on any items already on your list, but all wishes added to your list while the box is UNchecked will be added with the 48-hour offer option (NOT set to auto-request).
  • New feature! Auto-request options are now color-coded for at-a-glance list management
    • Items set to auto-request will be green
    • Items on hold will be red
    • Items not on hold and not set to auto-request will have no color applied.
    • If you put an auto-request item on hold, it will turn red.