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Subject: Limited Membership
Date Posted: 2/12/2016 4:35 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2011
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I am currently at a Standard Membership.  I am a little confused about the Limited Membership.  It says 30 free swaps.  Is that just receiving books (like requesting them for myself) or is it sending and receiving together?  And am I allowed to participate fully in the forums if I drop down to limited?  I have till the 15th to make my decision.  Last year I requested about 28 books so it's close.

Date Posted: 2/12/2016 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2007
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What's the difference between Standard Membership and Limited Membership?

  • Standard Membership has unlimited fee-free swapping (Limited Membership allows you to request 30 books per year without fees)
  • Standard Membership has a 500-item Wish List (Limited Membership allows 200 items)
  • Standard Membership allows you to see how many available copies of a book are in the system (exclusive to Standard Members)
  • Standard Membership offers Friends Direct, Reminder List Filter by Friend, Easy Order from Friends, and the option to display more of your Book Lists (TBR, BIR, RL) on your Public Profile. (Exclusive to Standard Members)
  • Both Standard and Limited Membership offer Directed Delivery and Multi-Copy Requesting
  • Both Standard and Limited Membership offer some free 55-cent Printable Postage Printing Fees - Standard Members get one per month and Limited Members get one per quarter (every 3 months)

Free Swaps are only needed on books you order.

Remember...If you use PBS Printed Postage, and it looks like you do......you will have 30 Free Swaps PLUS a Free Swap for every book you mail out. So if you mail out 30 books using Printed Postage, you'll have 60 Free Swaps for the year.

Participation in the Forums is equal for both Standard and Limited (except for access to the "Standard" Forum).


Date Posted: 2/12/2016 11:09 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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For standard membership @ $20 you need to receive 50 books (swaps/year) to make it more economical than just buying a limited membership which gives 30 swaps. That said - with a limited membershp a wish list is limited to 200 v 500 . If this is unimportant limited is financially better unless you get 50 books/year or more

Last Edited on: 2/12/16 11:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/13/2016 1:49 AM ET
Member Since: 11/12/2009
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I have limited membership & have access to the forum.