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Dear Librarian; expanded wish list

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Dear Librarian – I put a book on my Wish List yesterday, and today I happened to be browsing the site and I saw that a copy was available!  I grabbed it up.  I am thrilled to get the book I wanted, but why wasn’t it offered to me? –Puzzled in Providence

Dear Vida,

You must have put one version (ISBN) of the book on your Wish List, and this was a different version –  one that may have been available all along.  To avoid this happening in future, we recommend the Wish Expander, which allows you to see ALL versions of a book known to the database when you click “+Wish” on any version of that book – you can choose which version(s) of the book you would like to wish for, or even order a copy if one is available.  It’s one of our favorite features, and we think it will quickly become one of yours too!  You can read all about using the Wish Expander in the Help Center.

The Last Word:

  • As always, don‘t forget to start your Amazon shopping from the link at the top of the PBS site – when you do this, a small percentage of your purchase amount comes to us.  Please note that if you are an e-book reader, it used to be that e-book purchases at Amazon did not count to support the PBS site, but now they do! So be sure that whenever you plan to purchase on Amazon, that you start from the Amazon link at the top of the PBS site. It’s an easy, free way to support the club!

PBS Club Member of the Month

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Jade K. (Jade4142)

Jade is one of our Tour Guide Leaders;  she has been getting nominations since she first became a Tour Guide.  She has really made an impact on the membership:

“She is always so helpful. She very quickly took me under her wing as a new tour guide and showed me the ropes. I can always count on her to give me a hand! “

“Jade4142 has done a lot for me and many others. she has helped me through hard times and also helped get me things I need..she deserves this.”

“Every question i have ever had she has answered promptly, correctly and politely… If she doesn’t have the solution or answer off the top of her head she doesn’t give up until she finds it…My mother has had occasion to use her as a TG also and said she was most enlightening and a delight to work with.”

“As a new member Jade4142 has been a God send, she has helped me dozens of times in the chat room and also via PMs. she has made my experience on this web site fantastic!”

No doubt about it, Jade, you are a gem! You are our Member of the Month for October.  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 Club Chapter News

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New Local Chapter Club Leaders:

  • Janessa M. – jmarks – UCSD (Univ of CA – San Diego), La Jolla, CA
  • Ashley D.  – AshleyM84 – Annapolis, MD
  • Carol L. – readersrock – Virginia Beach, VA

If you want to be a Local Club 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.

Scary Books available for request

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Thrills and Chills… All of the spooktacular books below are available for swapping right now:

Tricks by Ed McBain . On Halloween night in the 87th Precinct, a liquor store owner is shot by costumed children, a headless torso is discovered, and Detective First Class Eileen Burke, disguised as a hooker, hopes to trap a serial killer.   See other highly-rated mystery books currently available for swapping

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.  Meet Hannibal Lecter…for the first time.  This is the story before The Silence of the Lambs, the one that introduced us to the terrifying and unforgettable Dr. Hannibal Lecter.  In the realm of psychological suspense, Thomas Harris stands alone.  Keep the lights on when you read this!
Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden. Michael and Jillian Dansky have it all- successful careers, a bright future and, most of all, a loving marriage. One dark Halloween night, driving home from a masquerade party with Jillian asleep in the back seat, everything changes.  Michael nearly hits a little girl standing in the road. He brings her to the ruined mansion she says is her home, where she leaves him with the eerie plea: “Come find me.”  In the weeks that follow, Jillian turns cruel and vindictive and Michael sees visions of the girl everywhere…
The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan At midnight on Hallowe’en in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.  A strange and unsettling ghost story from the brilliant author Stewart O’Nan.
Snow by Ronald Malfi When a brutal snowstorm shuts down all the flights in and out of Chicago, Todd Curry and a few other stranded passengers rent a Jeep to drive the rest of the way to their destinations. But along a forested, isolated road, they picked up a disoriented man wandering through the snow. His car wouldn’t start and his daughter had vanished. Strangest of all are the mysterious lashes cut into the back of the man’s coat, straight down to the flesh…a page turner must-read for horror fans.

! Scheduled site downtime. The site will be down for scheduled maintenance/upgrades on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, in the wee hours of the morning. Don’t worry if you get the “maintenance” screen during that time – we’ll be back online soon.

Scary Books in the PBS Market

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Booooooo from the PBS Market! These bargains are so good they are scary!

Many Bloody Returns Edited by Toni L. P. Kelner and Charlaine Harris.  Never-before-published vampire stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and many others. Suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous-these all-new stories will ensure that readers never think of vampires (or birthdays) in quite the same way again.

Retail Price: $15.00

Buy New (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)

Under the Dome by Stephen King.  When the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions.  For King fans and those who have never considered themselves such…a spectacular page-turner.

Retail Price: $35.00

Buy New (Hardcover): $17.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $20.99 (save 40%)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead Rose and Lissa are best friends who share an unimaginable bond, even by vampire standards. Now, after time spent on the run, they have been returned to the school from which they escaped to face ridicule, speculation, and danger.  This is Book 1 of the immensely popular series.

Retail Price: $8.99

Buy New (Paperback): $4.59+1 credit (save 48%) or $7.99 (save 11%)

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans.  What would you do if you lost everything — your job, your home, and the love of your life — all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. Instead, taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and starts walking. This is the first novel in an inspiring new series.

Retail Price: $22.00

Buy New (Hardcover): $11.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $14.49 (save 34%)

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready . 16-year-old Aura can see ghosts. Then again, so can everyone around the world who was born after her. In fact, they have a word for the moment of her birth: the Shift. Aura suspects that the Shift might be connected to her missing mystery dad and an event that happened at Newgrange tomb in Ireland a year before her birth… This is a young adult paranormal romance that grownups and teenagers will both enjoy.

Retail Price: $17.99

Buy New (Hardcover): $9.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $12.49 (save 30%)

PBS News: Reduced PBS Market for October, iPhone app

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bigger and better. One of our distributors for the PBS Market is having to move to a new location, so for the rest of October, the Market selection will be reduced.  The good news: this will make it possible to offer even more new overstock books to you when the move is complete.  Look for an expanded Market on November 1st!  Until then, stop by to browse our Super Sellers (brand-new books at bargain prices) – new ones are added to the Market all the time.


  • iPhone users, if you’re jealous of the Android PaperBackSwap Wishing app that member jaynval created last month, no fear! We hear tell of an iPhone app in the works.  We’re as eager as you all for it to become available, because the word on the street is that it’s really sweet!
  • And remember that PBS Mobile is still a great way to access the site from your mobile phone. You can use PBS Mobile by going to paperbackswap.com on your phone and clicking the Enter Mobile Site link at the top of the page.
  • You can get the Android app by searching for “Summet” or “paperbackswap” in the Android Market.
  • If you are developing a mobile app for PBS or SwapaCD or SwapaDVD, please let us know.

Dear Members: Stephen King October Newsletter Challenge

Monday, October 18th, 2010

That snap in the air, the leaves falling all around, the days getting shorter…these all tell us that it’s October again.  The trees are turning red and gold and orange; pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps wearing scary or goofy faces.  Even if you don’t celebrate Hallowe’en, the spirit of October is playful.  So we’ve decided to introduce a new feature to the Newsletter – a game!  And – insert maniacal cackle here – Google won’t help you with this one.

>>>>>> The prize is 10 Book Credits! <<<<<<

The Challenge: Order the following Stephen King books according to how many times they have been swapped here at PBS.  That means all versions of each title (but not books with multiple stories in them), and most swaps (not copies – one copy can go through multiple swaps) – put them in order from most-swapped to least-swapped at PBS.

FirestarterMiseryDuma KeyThe StandCujoCarrie
A. Firestarter B. Misery C. Duma Key D. The Stand E. Cujo F. Carrie

Each member may submit one guess.  Guesses must be sent in a Personal Message to Gamester. (Please note: guesses sent in by any other means – email, feedback, comments on the blog, PM to any account but Gamester- will not count and will be discarded.) The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the correct answers submitted by the time the next Newsletter goes to press, and the winner will be announced in the next Newsletter.

Happy October to everyone;  we hope your month is all treats, no tricks!

and the PaperBackSwap Team