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NEW & IMPROVED: Robert has been busy! Newsletter – April 2006

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

My goodness, where to begin with all that has changed at PBS? There’s the Boxer Rating System, the Message Center and Buddy List re-organization, the new Account page, the Wish List, the Bookshelf sort-by-genre, the Back to Top Link at the bottom of each Forum topic page…the list goes on and on.

The Boxer Rating System–A recently added new feature is the ability to record feedback about the members with whom you exchange a Box-O-Books™. When you have received your box and are ready to report your rating, simply go to Box-O-Books and find the swap you wish to rate. First select how you would rate the overall performance of the member: Positive, Neutral, or Negative. Then leave a few comments to explain your rating. It is appropriate to comment here on how long the member took to mail the box, whether s/he used delivery confirmation, and how well the books were packaged. If you disagree with the comments the other member has made about you, you also have the ability to insert a few words of explanation or defense. Remember that you will not be allowed to edit your comments at a later date, so say what you mean, but mean what you say!

The New Account page: The active transactions have moved down on your Account page, but they are still there! Robert has placed links in the white area in the top middle of the page to take you quickly to the different categories of Active Transactions in your account. This will be very helpful to those members who have a lot of books coming and going and who need to “jump” right to a category to mark a specific book mailed or received. Notice also that your bookshelf has moved off the Account page. To see the books you have listed for swapping, click My Bookshelf on the right-hand menu. You can see all your completed transactions on the Completed Transactions page, also available from the right-hand menu. Your Lost Books and your Canceled Transactions are linked from the top of the Completed Transactions page as well.

The Wish List: The Wish List is now limited to 200 items. Please see the Wish List Update at http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/wish_list_change.php for an explanation of this change in policy. There is also a new feature which will help you keep your Wish List tidy as you go along: when you are offered a Wish List item, if there are other versions of this book also on your Wish List, you have the option to keep the other versions on your Wish List or have them automatically deleted from your Wish List by the system when you accept the offer. If you would prefer NOT to have the other versions deleted when you accept, simply uncheck the box next to the list of alternate versions on the offer. It’s that easy! Remember, if you opt out of the auto-deletion, once you receive the Wish List item, you will need to remove these alternate versions manually from your Wish List.

Box-O-Books Gift Certificates: these make a great gift to a Buddy! To buy a membership in Box-O-Books for another member, simply log into your account and click Buy More Credits on the right side of your Account page. Scroll down to see the various Gift Certificates options. Box-O-Books Gift Certificates are at the bottom of the page. You can use PayPal or Verisign to do this, or send us a money order or check payable to PaperBackSwap, at: PaperBackSwap, 3651 Peachtree Pkwy Suite E390, Suwanee GA, 30024.

The New Buddy List: you can tag your buddies now and sort them by tags–for instance, Boxers, or Cozy Mystery Lovers. You can apply more than one tag to a Buddy, and view your Buddy categories–all Boxers, or all members in a Games Forum swap–with one click. The Buddy List is available as always from the right-hand menu of your Account page.

Box-O-Books Now Fine-Tuned and Ready for All Boxers! Newsletter – January 2006

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Hello to all you “Boxers” that have joined in on the hottest book swapping craze. The updated version of Box-O-Books has arrived and members are ecstatic. Join now and you can start swapping boxes of books for absolutely NO credits! That’s right. All Boxers have the privileges of trading books among themselves without having to use their credits. There is no limit as to how many books are allowed in a box, so the sky is the limit! Check out this amazing service brought to you by the PaperBackSwap Team where you can save money on postage and read books for free!

What is Box-O-Books™? Newsletter – December 2005

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

We are beginning the process of introducing a number of new features designed for all members to select from new “paid for” services. The funds generated will help us to maintain and run the club. Many of you have asked how you can help with financial support of PaperBackSwap.com – well this is your chance. By enrolling in Box-O-Books™ ($8.00 per year), you can support the club and help pay the costs of maintaining the site while at the same time trade books using no credits and reduce your postage costs. You actually SAVE money by using this new service. How cool is that!?

Now you can ship books for LESS MONEY and NO CREDITS are needed. A new and exclusive feature just for participating members here at PaperBackSwap.com!

Here’s how it works:

If you are a participating member of Box-O-Books™, you’ll be able to access a list of other participants and browse their bookshelves. Once you find a participant that you’d like to swap a box with, you begin the process by selecting as many books as you are willing to trade with that member. Let’s say they have 55 books posted and you select 10 of them. You then “prioritize” the books that you want from 1 to 10 in the system (with 1 being the most important, and 10 being the least important).

The system then sends an email invitation to the other member asking them if they would like to trade up to 10 books with you. Next, they go to your bookshelf and view all of your books. Then you both agree on the number of books that you want to trade (10 for 10, or any other combination).

For example, let’s suppose that the other member only wants to trade for 7 of your books (and not 10). So you both agree on which books to exchange based on the priority of the books you listed. You each box up your books and take them to the Post Office. You mail your 7 books to them, and they mail their 7 books to you! How cool is that? No credits needed, and you save on postage as well!

Of course, if you still want the remaining 3 books, you can use your regular book credits to order them from this member through the regular PaperBackSwap process…visit their bookshelf and using your credits, order these 3 directly.

We hope that once we roll out this new feature, you will enroll. It is a terrific service which will help to maintain and pay for our great site. At $8 per year, you can save money on your very first exchange using Box-O-Books™.

This feature is in Beta testing and will be released to all members in the very near future.