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Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, administration and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

and it is to them that we dedicate this year’s Books for Schools campaign.

 

 

We would like to send 5,000 books to Sandy Hook Elementary, in a small effort to help.Sandy Hook Elementary School is the final school we are collecting for this year.

 

In addition, The Connecticut PTSA is gathering snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook Elementary when their students return to school.

If our members would like to make snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School and send them to us, we will forward them on to the PTSA. Please send them to our address:

 

PaperBackSwap
3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite E-390
Suwanee, GA 30024

Attn: Snowflakes & Books for Sandy Hook

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Winter Wishes & Free Books! Winners!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

 

The PaperBackSwap Team extends warm winter wishes to all of our wonderful members.

 

Winners are listed below. Congratulations!

 

 

A). Whitney (whitneyab)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Hardcover, ISBN 9780439813785

 

 

 

B).   catsandroses & Lori B. (lorelei13)

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 978006179103

 

 

 

C). Bonnie (LoveNE)

The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780375507250

 

 

D).  JonnieAngel

Twisted: A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780062081018

 

 

E). ANNA S. (SanJoseCa)

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780425193372

 

 

F). OriBori

Grantville Gazette III – The Ring of Fire by Eric Flint, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN 9781416555650

 

 

G). mistyks

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9781416550532

 

 

H). Beth K. (Ladydragonfly)

Buy-ology Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780385523899

 

 

I). Cozette M. (CozSnShine)

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN 9780778313519

 

 

J). Linda B. (herbalhorse)

Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780060852566

 

 

K). Kathleen K. (kathyk)

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas by Julia Romp, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780452298781

 

 

 

Congratulations to all of our Winners! Your books are on the way!

Thank you to everyone who commented!

 

 

 

Just a reminder, our Books for Schools 2012 program is up and running. Click here to go to the donations page LINK

 

 

December 25, 2012

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Winter Wishes & Free Books!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

 

The PaperBackSwap Team extends warm winter wishes to all of our wonderful members.

And here are some presents for you! The books listed below are brand spanking new books from the PBS Market. Some are left overs, some have slight cosmetic defects, some have just wandered into our office quite by magic.

Here is how it works:  Leave a comment on this post with 1, 2 or 3 choices by indicating the corresponding letter. The names of all the members who indicate each book will be tossed into a giant Santa hat and a winner will be chosen for each book.

You have until Wednesday, December 26th at 12 noon EST to leave a comment. All winners will be chosen at random. You must be a PaperBackSwap Member to win.

 

 

 

A).

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Hardcover, ISBN 9780439813785

 

 

 

B).

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 978006179103

 

 

 

C).

The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780375507250

 

 

D). 

Twisted: A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780062081018

 

 

E).

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780425193372

 

 

F).

Grantville Gazette III – The Ring of Fire by Eric Flint, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN 9781416555650

 

 

G).

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9781416550532

 

 

H).

Buy-ology Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780385523899

 

 

I).

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN 9780778313519

 

 

J).

Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780060852566

 

 

K).

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas by Julia Romp, Trade Size Paperback, ISBN 9780452298781

 

 

 

The fine fine print: All the books are Wish Listed on PBS. If no one asks for a particular book, that book will be mailed to a member who does win a book, again totally at random! So encourage your PBS Friends to enter too, so you don’t get a book you don’t want!

Good Luck to Everyone! May your days be Merry and Bright!

 

 

 

 

Just a reminder, our Books for Schools 2012 program is up and running. Click here to go to the donations page LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books for Schools 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

 

 

Dear Members,

We are very pleased to announce Books for Schools 2012, where your unused book credits can make all the difference in a child’s life! 

In the last few years, thanks to the generosity of our members, we have been able to donate upwards of 100,000 books to students in need. This year we hope to send over 20,000 books!

We have received many inquiries from members, asking when we will be running this donation drive again.  As always, we are so impressed with, and touched by, our members’ generosity.  This club is filled with avid readers many of whom fell in love with books as children, and the desire to pass along that tremendous gift to more children is so strong here.  Because of your enthusiasm in past years, we have been able to help far more schools than we had ever expected.

All of the selected schools have a high percentage of students receiving a free or reduced-fee lunch.  These kids are eager for books, but their school libraries’ funds are lacking, and many of the students have never owned a book.  Making it possible for them to be able to borrow books from the classroom, or to have books of their own to read at home, is a wonderful way to give the gift of reading to a child this holiday season.

For each credit you donate, PaperBackSwap will provide a brand new book to one of these schools!  The books will be used in the classrooms, and/or given to the students to keep.  Once a school has reached its goal of donated credits and PBS Money (which will defray the cost of sortin, shipping and handling), the listing will move to the Completed tab, and a new school will become active and begin accepting donations.  When the campaign is complete, PaperBackSwap will purchase and send all of the books to the schools, at no cost to them. Read more about how the program works.

 

Thanks for joining us in making a real difference in the education of these children!

 

 Richard Pickering and The PaperBackSwap Team

 

 

 

 

Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, administration and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

and it is to them that we dedicate this year’s Books for Schools campaign.


New Feature – Member Appreciation Books!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

It’s that wonderful time of the year, when families are gathering and memories are being made.  We love this season! We wanted to give our members a present – something totally new, a fun feature to celebrate the holiday – one that includes the surprise factor of gifting, with a “chosen just for you” flair.

And so…we introduce Member Appreciation Books (MABs)!  This is the perfect combination of the PBS Market (where we offer NEW books at steep discount) and our book swapping club (where you swap used books for Book Credits) – now you can get NEW books for 1 Book Credit + the cost of shipping!

MABs are unpredictable – you may be offered a MAB at any time; the system will do this randomly (as long as you have chosen favorite genres in your Account Settings or from your homepage). So you may not be offered a MAB for weeks, or you may be offered MABs every day for a while.  MAB offers will appear in the Message of the Day box at the top of your Homepage (click Home when logged in to see if you have a MAB).  If you do, you can order that book for 1 Book Credit + shipping! You can sometimes order more than one MAB at a time (click the “More Free Books” link on the MAB offer on your homepage to see the list of MABs currently available to you), or you may be allowed only one that day. To keep things fair, you can’t order multiple copies of any specific MAB.  MABs can be fleetingthey can expire quickly (usually because of supplier limitations) so if you see a MAB you want, put it into your Cart.  Don’t wait too long to check out though, because if the MAB expires for that book, the 1 credit + shipping price will no longer apply. MABs are specific – they are chosen for you based on your favorite genres (so you do need to select these to participate in the MAB program).  You can choose your favorite genres in two places: (1) on your Homepage and (2) in your Account Settings .

How much does a MAB cost?  For each MAB, you pay 1 Book Credit + shipping. The shipping cost is the same as always for Market books – $3.45 for the first book in a shipment, and $0.99 for each additional book in the shipment.  In our Market, shipments can come from two different sources: Overstock or Super Seller.  So, if you order two MABs and both are Super Sellers, you will get them for 2 Book Credits + $3.45 shipping for the first book and $0.99 shipping for the second.  If you order two MABs and one is from Overstock and the other is a Super Seller, you will be charged 2 Book Credits + $3.45 x 2 (shipping for each “first” book in the two different shipments). Yes, you can order regular Market books (non MABs) at the same time and have them shipped with the MABs!

The MAB program launches December 11, 2012.  You can read more about MABs in the Help Center.

Don’t forget to go to your Homepage to check it out, and see what MABs may be waiting there for you!

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all,

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

 

 

 

 

Mystery Monday Review – Daughters in Law

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Daughters in Law by Henry Cecil

 

Review by Matt B. (BuffaloSavage)

 

Retired army major Claude Buttonstep comes from a long line of losing litigants. He accordingly detests lawyers and judges. His two sons, justifiably, worry about breaking the news that they have fallen in love with twin sisters Jane and Prunella. The brothers fret that their lady-loves being kind, intelligent, and attractive will fail to balance the fact that Prunella is a barrister and Jane a solicitor.

 

Provoking a legal crisis is Mr. Trotter, a new neighbor. He borrows the major’s power mower – a high end item in the Fifties in England. Trotter refuses to return it despite the major’s increasingly heated demands.  Against his instinct, the major goes to law. Jane and Prunella take up the cudgels in order to get in good with their prospective father-in-law.

 

If this mystery sounds all homey and fluffy, that’s because it most definitely is domestic and light. After all, not for nothing is author Henry Cecil listed on Cozy-Mystery.com. A lawyer and judge, Cecil used his professional life as the foundation of his writing. This cozy courtroom drama is full of comic touches and curious plot twists.  I’m not saying it’s laugh out loud hilarious (rolling on the floor laughing isn’t healthy  for middle-aged backs anyway).  But the amusement naturally comes out of the characters and incidents. The writing is pristine, especially in the climactic courtroom scenes.

 

I’m not much of a P.G. Wodehouse fan because I find his novels too silly. Nor do I care much for John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, because I find him too cynical. Call me Goldilocks but I find in Cecil just the right amount of genial fun and lifelike heft. All to engage ze leetle grey cells, eh, Hastings? I want to read more of Henry Cecil’s novels, because they are light-hearted, smart and well-written.