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Archive for February, 2010

Haynes Repair Manuals

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Save money in 2010 with Haynes Repair Manuals.



How? If you or someone in your family is handy you can save a lot of money by maintaining or repairing your vehicle yourself.  Of course you’re not going to save anything if you don’t know what you’re doing and end up damaging your vehicle instead. That’s where the Haynes Repair Manuals come in.


There are two major publishers of do it yourself auto repair manuals, Haynes and Chiltons.  Hayne’s repair manuals seem to be easier to follow with more pictures and step by step instructions; that’s why I’m recommending them.  Chilton’s repair manuals also have step by step instruction but seem to include more detailed information.  All of that information is great if you’re a mechanic but it seems to just get in the way when you’re trying to stumble through a basic repair job.  Although, both publishers try to cover all the vehicles you may only be able to find one or the other for your vehicle depending on the make & model, popularity, etc.  I’ve also noticed that Haynes Publishing has recently bought Chilton’s Publishing so these two seemingly different types of repair manuals may merge together over time.  If you can’t find a Haynes or Chiltons manual for your vehicle, there is another option out there, the factory manual. Manuals from the factory are what the mechanics themselves use but they are very expensive, detailed, and even more complicated.

Whether you like to maintain your vehicle yourself or not I still recommend that everyone have a repair manual for each vehicle.  Why? That little “Vehicle Handbook” that came in your glove box with the cartoon pictures showing you how to press the brake pedal before hitting a tree is completely worthless if you ask me.  Isn’t it funny how the most expensive items have the smallest instruction/repair manuals?  My blender instruction booklet is better than that little book in my glove box.

Here is a small sample of what’s available on PBS:

Haynes  Repair Manuals: Chevrolet and GMC Pickup, Suburban Blazer and Jimmy,  1967-1987 Owners' Workshop Manual
Chevrolet and GMC Pickup, Suburban Blazer and Jimmy, 1967-1987
Haynes Repair Manuals: Xtreme Customizing In-Car Entertainment
Isuzu Rodeo, Amigo; Honda Passport Automotive Repair Manual: 1989-1997

Dear Librarian; PBS Market,

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Dear Librarian-  Wow!  I am so psyched by the PBS Market.  Do you have any tips on how to find out quickly if any of the books on my Wish List are in the Market right now?  – Shopping in Cheyenne

Dear Shy,

Sure!  There are three really easy, quick ways to find out if any of your Wish List books are being offered in the Market:

  1. On the Browse page, under the “Welcome back!” message, is a link to “New Bargain Books” – if any of your Wish List books are in the Market, there will be a link in parentheses, next to the “New Bargain Books” link.   This will take you to a list of your Wish List books currently for sale in the market.
  2. On the Market page, if there are any of your WIsh List books currently available, a link will appear above the Search options to take you to the list of Wish List books that you can purchase from the Market.
  3. If you go to your Wish List and choose “Market books” from the dropdown menu next to ReSort, your Wish List will display any books in the Market at the top of the list.

We hope this helps you find your next great read!

Dear Librarian – The Market is great, and I do plan to get books there, but I hope PaperBackSwap will keep on SWAPPING.  Isn’t that the main point of the club? I love PaperBackSwap!  Are things going to change?  – Stalwart swapper in Springfield

Dear Springy,

Not at all!  PaperBackSwap is dedicated to bookswapping, and the Market is just a great way to get more wished-for books to our members, while supporting the club and keeping membership free.  Every purchase will help defray the cost of running the club, so we can all keep on swapping!

The Mathematics of LoveMy Nerdy ValentineThe Nerd Who Loved MeA Time to LoveBye Bye LoveMust Love DogsSomewhere in HeavenLoveBark When You Love MeAdoredThey Did it With LoveLove Kills

Book Club: Member of the Month

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Robin D. (Sianeka)

Robin is one of our fabulous Tour Guides, and the members she helps write in about her all the time.  Just a couple of their comments:

“I am so lucky that Robin is my Tour Guide.  I asked her a question and her answer was very clear, very detailed and very helpful!

“Robin is super helpful! She’s been so patient with me. Is there some way she can get an official pat on the back from PBS?”

Yes, indeed!  Robin, your “guidees” love your guidance.  Thanks for being there for them.  You are our Member of the Month for February.  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!

Local Book Club News

Friday, February 12th, 2010

New Local Chapter Leaders:

  • Abbey H.  – abbeyehall – North Central Iowa
  • Ashley S. – PsychoTink – North Central OH
  • Jill T. – sunbunny –   Western North Carolina

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 of Love

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Zing!  Went the strings of my heart! Try one of these love-themed books, available in The PBS Market right now:

Things I Want My  Daughters to Know

Things I Want My Daughters to Know How powerful is a mother’s love…  When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they’ll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates the glorious, endless possibilities of life.  See other general fiction offerings currently available in the Market.

Psyche  in a Dress

Psyche in a Dress The Goddess of Love…. A Young Adult book with mature themes, this is a contemporary retelling of the myths of Psyche, Echo, Eurydice and Persephone, weaving them together to create one story about love and the human soul.  For mature teens or adults, written in Francesca Lia Block’s hauntingly lyrical prose.  Browse other Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

A Killer's Kiss

A Killer’s Kiss (Large Print) Dangerous Love. Once upon a time, Victor was engaged to a woman named Julia. She was beautiful and elegant and Victor always assumed she’d burn him, and she did. Now she’s back…her husband has been murdered, her fingerprints are all over the crime scene, and $1.7 million in cash is missing.  Suddenly, Victor Carl is no longer fighting to rekindle a lost love. He’s fighting to save his life.  See other Large Print selections currently available in the Market.
The Island of Eternal Love

The Island of Eternal Love Mythical love.... Alone in a city that haunts her, far from her family, her history, and the island she left behind, Cecelia seeks refuge in a mysterious old woman’s fascinating tale…the saga of three families from far-flung pieces of the world forms a story of legendary, unbreakable love. As Cecelia falls under the story’s heady sway, she discovers the source of the visions that plague her, and a link to the past she cannot shake.. See other books in the Psychological Suspense category, available in the Market.
The Love Spell

The Love Spell : An Erotic Memoir of Spiritual Awakening Magic love... This is the true story of a love spell that worked. Ivy League lawyer Phyllis Curott has a super-charged career, but one thing is missing: love. She casts a spell  and her dream lover soon arrives…  This wise and erotic memoir is a story that will speak to every woman who has dreamed of her Prince Charming.  See more memoirs available in the Market now.

PBS News

Friday, February 5th, 2010

We got more photos from the Books for Schools donation program, showing us the delivery of the books you so generously donated credits to get for them!

Above, Upward Elementary School says Thank You! See photographs from Cloverdale and NIxyaawii in the Photo Gallery on the site. The kids are really happy with the books!  Some of the books will go into the classrooms and libraries, and some will go home with students to keep.  From the first two rounds, member credit donations to the program supplied over 20,000 books to needy schools! Thanks to all who donated credits for this program.  We’ll let the membership know when we’re ready for the third round of Books for Schools – stay tuned!  You can read more about Books for Schools here.

The wrapping always works twice…and three times… We are happy to report that members are recycling packaging materials and not just books here!  One member told us, “I wanted to suggest giving a big WELL DONE to all the people who recycle not just their books, but packaging and printing as well. I just mailed a book this morning that is the third PBS journey for the bubblewrap envelope… I would love to see kudos to all the folks who go the extra mile to recycle.” Yes, kudos to all of you who create sturdy packaging for your books out of already-used materials!  The planet is happier because of it.

The love of reading brings people together.. We have a PBS marriage that we know of, and many many examples of friendships that started here.  We heard from one group of ladies who became friends through PBS. They got together for the first time last December, and had such a great time they plan to make this an annual event. From left to right, we have Liana T (bukwurm), her mom Leilani R (hiker-Leilani) and Ella S  (sls).

Dear Members; Introducing PBS Market – NEW overstock books at bargain prices

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We are really happy about what we got for you for St. Valentine’s Day this year! It’s a very special addition to the site: the PBS Market. The Market offers NEW overstock books at bargain prices – many of the books are on your Wish Lists right now!
The Market is not like any bookstore you’ve ever been to – we’ve integrated it with your PaperBackSwap account so you can

  • Opt to use a Book Credit for each book purchase to lower the cost of that book even further
  • See at a glance if any of your Wish List books are currently available in the Market
  • Sort your Wish and Reminder Lists to show books available in the Market at the top of the list
  • Use the Buy from PBS Market button wherever it appears on any listing on the site, to buy a book from the Market
  • Support PBS with every purchase you make

Get books for your friends and family, and really share the love! Encourage them to shop the Market too – every purchase supports the club and helps to keep it free. Books are mailed to any valid USPS address. The shipping is Media Mail (in our testing so far the transit times have been quick), and you can save greatly on shipping and handling by ordering more than one book in a shipment.
You can find the Market under the Search option in the grey menu bar at the top of any page on the site, you can see Market books during your regular book searches, and you can also browse Market books on your Member Homepage by clicking the “New Books for Purchase” link below the lower sliding display.
Head to the Market to browse the selection (over 8000 titles)! New books are added every hour, so check back often. Please note – supplies of some books are limited, so if you see a book you want, you might be wise to grab it. You can read more about the Market in the Help Center.

We hope you’ll love this new feature and the newest way to support the club!

Happy reading to you, your friends and your family,
and the PaperBackSwap Team