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Subject: Newbie Question
Date Posted: 2/9/2009 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2009
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Hello All,

I'm new to this whole idea of sharing books through the internet, although I've been a reader all of my life.

I have an extremely stupid question. (Or so I think.) The books that we recieve, after asking for them and buying them with points, can we keep those for ourselves?

Also, another quick question: How do we gain points? Do we have to wait for someone to pick a book from our own bookshelves, have it sent and wait to recieve points, or do we get points autamatically for posting them on our bookshelves?



Date Posted: 2/9/2009 3:23 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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Yes, you can keep the books. The books are yours to do with as you please.

You do not get credits for just posting books. You have to send books to get credits. Or, you can buy credits.

I'd suggest checking out the help center. There's a wealth of info there.

Here's the help center section on how to get more credits:

There are 4 ways you can earn credits:

  • List your first 10 books.
    • You'll get 2 "start-up" credits, as a gift from us!
    • After the first 10, posting more books will not earn you credits from the system
    • After getting your 2 "start-up" credits, you can earn further credits by sending out books or referring new members. 
  • mail books that are received by other members.
    • You can get this same credit more quickly by using PBS Delivery Confirmation with QuickCredit.
    • You can get this same credit INSTANTLY by using PBS Printable postage and marking the book mailed before the deadline.
  • You can purchase additional credits, in the Kiosk.
  • You can refer others to become PBS members.
    • Every referral earns you another credit when she or he becomes an active member by posting at least 10 books
    • You can read more about referring others on the Spread the Word page

Last Edited on: 2/9/09 3:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/9/2009 3:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2009
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Alright thanks. Now, how do I send out a book, by normal mail?

Thanks again!


Date Posted: 2/9/2009 3:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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You can use media mail or first class.  Media mail is usually cheaper but sometimes with smaller books you can send them 1st class for less or about the same.  You can also print the postage right from PBS but you pay a fee for that.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 3:56 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2009
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Alright, thanks!


Date Posted: 2/10/2009 12:14 AM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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When you get a request, you will be able to print a label that is all filled out with the correct address information. You will also be given the option to purchase the postage and/ or Delivery Confirmation for the shipment right here at PBS. By adding DC you will receive your credit as soon as the post office scans the book and if you purchase your postage here at PBS then you will receive yoru credit as soon as you mark the book mailed. Both of these services allow yoiu to get your credit much quicker than waiting for your book to arrive and be marked received.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:13 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome Rodney!

I think the weight break is 7 oz.  Below that it's cheaper (and faster) to send books 1st Class, above 7 oz.  it's cheaper to send Media Mail.  Then there's the infamous 13 oz. break whereby packages with stamps have to be handed over the counter to a postal employee (but not printed trackable labels/postage).

Delivery Conformation allows you to receive credit as soon as PBS is notified that your book has been scanned into USPS...that info is frequently downloaded around midnight or early in the morning.