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TIPS & TRICKS: Newsletter – October 2006

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Don’t be a drag! Really long forum sigs are tough on your fellow PBSers. Some sigs we have seen take up half a Forum page! If other members have to drag past miles of text on every two-line post you make in forums, they are much less likely to read your sig; they may turn off the ability to see sigs at all (you can do this in your Account Settings). And that is counter-productive, if for example you use your forum sig to advertise your latest “deal”. For best use of the forum sig feature, put your magnum opus in your Public profile, and trim your sig line to reasonable proportions (5-10 lines).

Not all cover-ups are bad. When you wrap a book to send, you must be sure that the book is completely enclosed in the wrapper. Exposed edges are very vulnerable to damage, and your book may have a long way to go! Read the Help Center items on wrapping—there are basic guidelines there. Make sure your books arrive in as good a condition as they left you. Be nice to your books and protect them well for their journeys to their new homes!

Happy with your PBS Nickname? Newsletter – August 2006

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Please be sure that you are, because PBS Nicknames will become permanent on September 5, 2006. If the one you have now is not to your liking, please change it as soon as possible in the Public Profile section of your Account Settings. Instructions on how to do this are available in the Help Center, under “How do I choose a PBS Nickname?” under “Getting Started” or “The PBS Community”. (You can read more about the Account Settings in the item “What’s in the Account Settings?” under “Account Options”.)

What’s in a (Nick)name? Newsletter – June 2006

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Within the next month, PBS nicknames will become permanent. Make sure that you like your nickname and want to stick with it, because you will soon be stuck with it! You can adjust your nickname to something you want to keep permanently in your Account Settings, available from the dropdown menu under My Account on the right-hand side of your account page. For those of you who don’t have nicknames yet, you can choose one by making a public profile in your Account Settings. Remember, only members with public profiles are listed in the Member Directory. Someone may be trying to find YOU to give you a credit, or to order one of your books!

Where in the World is Waldo . . . and Ralph . . . and Susie . . . and James . . . Newsletter – July 2005

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Receiving books can be so much fun. Many members equate it to being like Christmas every time they open their mailbox and find a book. Wouldn’t it be great to see where all your ‘presents’ are coming from? Now you can with our new Maps feature. Not only does it show where and who the books are coming from, the maps also show where your books have been sent and to whom. By clicking on the dots you can view more information about the members, including their list of books, their wish lists and their public profiles if they have one. Yet another great reason for every member to have a Public Profile!

In addition to tracking specific books, we’ve also plotted a map to show which cities in the United States have PaperBackSwap members. It’s amazing to see the growth of the club. We even have members in Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii. If you see an area without a dot, we challenge you to find a way to fill it with a new member.

As always, we encourage you to communicate with us whenever you have any ideas, suggestions or needs with the club. As of this evening, we proudly offer 59,551 titles, and with our members’ help, we continue to stand on our belief that this is absolutely “The Best Book Club in America!”

Best Wishes and Happy Reading,
The PaperBackSwap Team

PBS Gets Personal with Public Profiles: Newsletter – June 2005

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Now you can get to know your fellow members and let them get to know you too. Public Profiles are a new feature that lets you tell other members about yourself and your interest. You can include information such as your nickname, name, age, location, and any information about yourself or your reading preferences that you would like to share. You can also upload a photo or select an icon to reflect your personality.

Start your profile by selecting a nickname. This nickname will be viewable by other members and will also be part of your personal domain address. For example, if you chose the nickname “lucy”, your personal domain address would be http://lucy.paperbackswap.com. This address can be given to friends and family. By going to this address a visitor will be able to see your active books in the system, Wish list, book reviews, notebook entries, books shipped, and many more exciting features to come. Your Public Profile also offers a Notebook for you to include your thoughts and for others to leave notes to you.

You can also use your profile nickname for referrals instead of giving out your email address. Now you can post your referral links around the internet on other forums without the worry of getting spam in your inbox.

Many members have already selected this exciting feature and have started enjoying being part of a wonderful community of friends on-line.