Holy Better Browsing, Batman! Check out the new browsing options on the Member Homepage. Click Home in the top menu to get to this page, on which you can choose up to 3 favorite genres for your sliding display of available books; below that, you can now also browse available books in other genres – just one click displays the genre you choose from the list. What used to be the Recently Posted Available Books display is now viewable by genre – so you can look at cookbooks — mysteries — Libros en Espanol — whatever you like. One click “refills” the display with available books in the genre you have chosen. There’s no quicker way to browse for your next great read!
Postage Increase THIS MONDAY. Effective Monday, May 11, postal rates will increase slightly. The price of a First Class letter stamp will increase from 42 cents to 44 cents (so stock up on those Forever stamps this week!). A 1-lb Media Mail package will be $2.38 (up from $2.23). Download the USPS’ new price list, or read the information at USPS‘s website. Please note that PBS Printable Postage will shut down for Sunday May 10th, so you will not be able to print the “old rates” on that day. It will be enabled again on May 11, and the new rates will print out. Remember to mail your books you have agreed to mail on or before Saturday the 9th of May, so that you are not sending packages with insufficient postage!
We’ll give you something to talk about…. We’re looking for member input on the club, and we will be sending out survey emails to random members in the next couple of weeks. When you get one of these emails (it will come from firstname.lastname@example.org and it will have the PBS logo in the message body), click the link inside to take the survey. The surveys will be short, and your responses will help us make decisions about what direction to take new features in the club. So if you get a survey email, please take a few minutes to take the survey. Your opinions could have a big impact!
So you think you can design? Prove it in our upcoming Twitter Background Design Contest! We want our members to be a part of representing the club on our Twitter profile @paperbackswap. The contest begins May 7th and ends June 7th. You can submit your entry on the site http://www.TwitterBackgroundsGallery.com after May 7th. Winners get cold hard cash, credits, and Swap Money as well as unending glory! And those of you who don‘t design…you can still get in on the act by voting on the submissions. There will be “people’s choice” AND “PBS Team choice” winners! For more about how to submit, the prizes, and all the nifty details, check out the PBS Blog. A huge thanks to TwitterBackgroundsGallery.com for helping us set this up & use their website to run the contest.
Oh, we didn’t mention the Blog? It’s just a little somethin’ we threw together…. You can find it under Community at the top of any page on the site. It has info from previous newsletters, plus stuff you can’t find anywhere else on the site, and you can comment on the items there. Check it out.
Requestor Conditions Refinement. Now when you request a book you will have the option NOT to apply your Requestor Conditions to that request, during the process of submitting the request. No need to go into your Account Settings to turn them off, then back to the request, then back to your Account Settings to turn them on again. This new streamlined option should make things easier for those who use the Requestor Conditions feature.
And to top it all off… PBS Caps are in the Kiosk! 100% cotton in black or mustard, and a sueded cotton blend in stone. Don’t tell us you don’t love them. It’s not possible not to love them! Ten bucks to protect your face from sunburn and proclaim your membership in the best online bookclub on the planet? It’s ridiculous not to buy these.