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Free Book Friday Winners!!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012



The Winners of the Free Book Friday Contest are



 Robin G. (catlingmex)

Michele S. (Celestialinjustice)



Congratulations Robin and Michele, your copies of The Hunger Games are on the way!!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment.




Survey Summary

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

By Leslie P. (PBSLeslie)

As with any growing company, it’s important that we stop and take our pulse from time to time.  We need to find out how you, our members, think we’re doing and gather your suggestions and ideas for improvement.

The best way we know to do this is with a survey, like the one sent out randomly over the summer.  Just over 2,000 of you answered the survey questions, and we really appreciate it.

Here’s a short summary of what you told us in the survey:


The idea of ebook swapping is hot.  While for some of you ebooks are nudging out traditional books, most of you still like the feel of a real book and plan to continue to use both.  We are looking into how to make ebook swapping work on PBS, so stay tuned!

You want a more feature filled app for the Iphone and the Android market.  We listened to your suggestions about requesting books, adding books to your wish list and scanning bar codes for easy posting.  We are working on the API, which will allow the app developers to make improvements so it’s easier to “PBS on the Go”!


You wish you could get the books you want faster.  We wish you could too!  Alas, popular books do take a little longer.   To thank you for your patience, look for our new Book Grab Giveaways.  Each month we’ll give you chances to win those hot books for which you’ve been waiting.  Check out the list of the most wished for books here…Top 50 Most Wished for Books.


We saw a lot of “I wish I could…..” statements. The good news is that lots of the suggestions and ideas you gave us are already available on PBS.  The bad news is you are having a hard time finding them!  To help you navigate PBS more efficiently, we plan to start a Did You Know? feature that will guide you through tips, tricks and techniques for getting the most out of your PBS experience.  This feature will appear on the front page as well as in the Blog.


Those of you that have purchased from the PBS Market have been very happy with your purchase.  We are happy to report that we’re getting books to you faster than ever now, due to some recent ordering improvements.

Our new Gold Key Program  hits many of the features you like such as a larger Wish List, more targeted geographical trading, requesting multiple copies of a book, and trading with friends.  Plus you get that cool key icon on your account!


We were so glad to see that almost all of you declared yourself “Extremely satisfied” or “Satisfied” with your experiences here on PaperBackSwap.


We promise to continue to strive to make changes and improvements for all of our valued members.  We’ve set up a new, permanent way for you to send us your suggestions and great ideas in this thread in the Discussion Forums.


Interview about the Cruise for PBS Members Feb. 2012

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Interview by Elizabeth B. (Cattriona)

It is my pleasure to interview two members, Mary (kilchurn) and Cheryl (Poncer), who have organized the first ever Cruise for PBS Members, coming in February, 2012 on Carnival Cruise Lines.


Elizabeth: First off, tell us a bit about yourselves.

Cheryl: I have been a PBS member since October of 2005. PBS has filled a special place in my life. I was one of the first Tour Guides and am now honored to be a Tour Guide Assistant Coordinator. I have found great books and great friends here. I am really looking forward to spending time with some of them on the cruise and the PBS Team. Mary has been a member since June of 2007. Mary is very active not only as a Tour Guide Leader but as a Book Image Approver and in the Games Forum. She has been an amazing help organizing the PBS Cruise and has become a dear friend.


Elizabeth: What is the PBS Cruise? 

Mary: It is a Cruise (on a ship) to the Bahamas (islands off of the coast of Florida) for PBS members that has been organized by the PBS Tour Guides.

Cheryl: We are going on a ship to the Bahamas with PBS members on a Cruise, organized by PBS Tour Guides 😉


Elizabeth: Where and when is it? 

Mary: The Cruise takes place on a ship and we depart from Jacksonville, FL on Saturday February 4th and return Wednesday February 9th.

Cheryl: A Really Big Ship.


Elizabeth: How did the idea come about? 

Mary: It was Cheryl’s idea – we were paired-up as Diva buddies, in the (PBS Games Discussion Forum) last June and met for lunch.   As we were leaving she told me she wanted to put together a Cruise for the PBS Tour Guides – it has spiraled from there.

Cheryl: For years I had seen people posting in the PBS Forums about organizing a cruise for members. I kept waiting to see an announcement for one so I could sign up. When I realized that if I wanted to cruise with other PBS members, I had better do something, I mentioned it to Mary. She took the bait, and as they say, the rest was history. Not to mention, I took my PBS nickname from Ponce de Leon!


Elizabeth: How did you get involved?

Mary: Um – I was dragged in kicking and screaming?  Seriously, I volunteered the minute Cheryl said “I want to put together a Cruise for PBS Tour Guides.”

Cheryl: Another Tour Guide member, Elizabeth R. (Esjro), came to Atlanta for a business trip. While she was here Mary, myself and some other PBS members planned a dinner out with her. We invited some members from the PBS Team and we broached the idea to them. They were all for it and it was a go from there.


Elizabeth: Will PBS benefit from this Cruise? 

Mary: We are hoping that PBS will get some pocket change from this.

Cheryl: Yes, PBS will benefit. If only that the Team will be joining us on board and will get to meet the Cruise-goers. They can get lots of great feedback, in person, from lots of great members.


Elizabeth: Will there be special activities or will everyone just be reading in deck chairs? 

Mary:  You mean reading in a deck chair on a cruise ship is not special?  We are hoping to have enough attendees to do some special things. We are hoping to have enough attendees to have a cocktail party the night we set sail. There will be a presentation by the PBS Team where the attendees will have a chance to ask questions and make suggestions about the site.  We are also going to have places reserved so that the various PBS groups that have formed in the PBS Discussion Forums (Divas, Belles, DOS) and the various volunteer groups can have some private time to hang out.  We are also planning to have a “Live-Real-Time” White Elephant Swap.

Cheryl: There will also be a Genre Dinner. That should be great fun.


Elizabeth: What’s a Genre Dinner? 

Mary: A Genre Dinner is where you are seated with others who read the same genre of books as you.

Cheryl: At the Genre Dinner, the Cruise attendees will be seated according to the genre they pick. It will be a great way to meet other members who read like books and get to make new friends. Of course if someone picks 19th Century French Poetry as their genre, we may have to seat them at the Romance table.


 Elizabeth: Will there be any special guests? 

Mary: Several members of the PBS Team will be sailing with us.


Elizabeth: How many PBSers will be there? 

Mary: Right now we have just over 100 members booked


Elizabeth: Can I bring my spouse/kids/mom/partner? 

Mary: You can bring anyone you want.

Cheryl: Sure, you can even bring your imaginary friends with you.


Elizabeth: How many books should I bring? 

Mary: Hmmm.  Books are heavy and airlines charge by the pound, but bring at least 1 Wish List book for use in the Elephant swap.

Cheryl: Unless you have use of a Sherpa. Then bring many books.


Elizabeth: Does “exposure to ocean breezes, suntan lotion and fruity drinks” make a book unpostable? 

Mary: Ocean breezes are fine, but suntan lotion and fruity drinks might lead to staining….


Elizabeth: I’ve never Cruised before — why should I come? 

Mary: It isn’t so much about the Cruise as it is about the people.  I am so excited to finally be able to put faces with names of people with whom I have been interacting for years.  The Cruise part is just a perk.  Also, where else could you sit on the deck of a large ship, drinking a margarita with friends, talking about good books.

Cheryl: I’ve never cruised before myself, so that will be something new for me. I, too, am looking forward to laughing and hanging out with lots of PBS friends I have never met before.


Elizabeth: How can members sign up to attend? 

Mary: They can contact our Travel Specialist, September Holstead (800.727.7601 ext. 229) or fill out the registration form online (you will still need to call to make your deposit payment).  Please note that September is in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Elizabeth: Is there a sign-up deadline? 

Cheryl: You can book through January, but after September 30th, we can’t guarantee the pricing from Carnival.


Elizabeth: What are you most looking forward to about the Cruise? 

Mary: Meeting everyone! (and a day at the spa)

Cheryl: Meeting everyone and the food!


Elizabeth: What have you learned in the process?  


Cheryl: Then read it again!


Elizabeth: What has surprised you the most?

Mary: The amount of detail and information necessary to book a cruise was surprising. I’ve cruised before and I don’t remember it being so involved.

Cheryl: All of the details that go into planning an excursion like this. And all the hard work and support of the Tour Guides who have volunteered for the Cruise Committee. They are even more awesome than I knew.


Elizabeth: What’s the one thing you’d like PBS members to know about this Cruise? 

Mary: Be there! or be SQUARE!

Cheryl: There will be free hugs and unlimited opportunities for laughter and good times.


Elizabeth: Thank you, ladies! Those interested in more information on the PBS Cruise can check out the special thread at the top of the Club Member Thoughts in the Discussion Forums, titled “2012 Cruise for PaperBackSwap Members


June 2011 Survey Drawing Winners

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Thank you, thank you to everyone who completed our recent June 2011 Survey. This latest survey was sent out randomly, so don’t worry if you didn’t get one this time. We are always interested in your opinions, ideas and suggestions for improving your PBS experiences. This is YOUR book club, and we want you happy!

From all the members who took a few minutes of their time to help us out by answering our short survey, we randomly chose five lucky winners! Our Congratulations, as well as 5 credits and $5 PBS money, go to each of these members: hope4books, sireesanwar, RebeccaBabcock, jaygeyer and Marissa O.

Thanks for helping make PBS an even better site!

Story Time with Soldiers 2011 – New Donation Program

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

PaperBackSwap and United Through Reading

Story Time with Soldiers 2011

Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most…


At PaperBackSwap, we firmly believe in the power of reading… and the power of giving. We are excited to be able to extend our charitable work to those serving in the United States Armed Forces. Regardless of why or where they are deployed, these men and women and their families contend with danger, separation from loved ones and rigorous physical conditions. We believe that if we can ease their days at all, we should, and are ready to get started…with your help!

PaperBackSwap is proud to support our military personnel again this year by partnering with the nationally recognized nonprofit organization, United Through Reading.  Their mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading together.  One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent deployed for an indeterminate period of time.  The United Through Reading® Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed soldiers read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

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Reading together unites families … together, we can send thousands of books to help our soldiers share the gift of reading with their loved ones.