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Dear Members, Newsletter – August 2007

Midsummer… dog days… thermostat rising. Back-to-school around the corner… wouldn’t it be nice to have something fun to look forward to? Well…

No plans for Labor Day Weekend yet? Why not make the trip to Decatur, Georgia and come to the Decatur Book Festival! PBS will have a booth there, and we would love to meet you! The festival is in its third year; it’s FREE and open to the public. Hundreds of authors will be there and many thousands of readers; one of the keynote speakers will be Charles Frazier (author of Cold Mountain), and there will be author readings, panel discussions and signings, poetry slams (sign up to perform your own work!), cooking author demonstrations, children’s activities, live music and more. Read more about the event here. Don’t forget, it’s FREE. We hope to see a lot of PBS members in the crowds!

As PBS’s third birthday approaches (September 1st), we can’t help but think about how far this site has come. Over 1,500,000 books have been swapped here in that time, and now we’re seeing more than 30,000 swaps per week, every week. But what’s shared here is more than books; it’s conversation, kindness, friendship. We love visiting the forums for a chuckle (some of you are really funny!) and it’s great to stop in Chat and meet you in real time. Everywhere we look, the site is hopping! In the Games forum, the inventiveness of the games is really astounding. Our Data Correction and Image Collection volunteers have been terrifically busy, and the effects of their work can be seen all over the site. More and more, PBS is becoming a co-creation…we may do the programming, but you all make the club what it is.

Swap on, folks!

The PaperBackSwap Team


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