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Subject PaperBackSwap NewsWire - April 2008 Show full header
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We wish this were an April Fool's joke, but it's not: one of the
co-founders of our sites, Robert Swarthout, is leaving
PaperBackSwap. PaperBackSwap was co-created by Robert and
Richard Pickering back in 2004, when Robert was fresh out of
college; from there we launched SwapaCD in 2006 and SwapaDVD in
2007. Robert did a great job helping us run these clubs and he
will surely be missed. We had hoped he would stay with the
sites as the clubs continue to grow, but he has been offered an
opportunity that he doesn't want to pass up and has decided to
take it. We are very sad to see him go, but we were lucky to
have him as long as we did. We wish him well in his new
Spring is a time for new beginnings. We prefer to think of it
that way rather than as an ending. Rest assured that the
remaining programmers on the Team will be there for the club and
carry out that vision of Internet swapping that all started here
with PaperBackSwap. As always, we welcome our members' ideas
which have contributed so much to make this the best book club in
is sincerely appreciated.
We wish all of our members a wonderful Spring!
and the PaperBackSwap Team
2,000,000-book Milestone Contest: So many of you participated in
the contest to guess the exact minute that the PBS library of
available books would reach 2,000,000. The time was 8:53 AM ET
on 3/24/2008, and the 2,000,000th book was Mr. Timothy,
posted by Vikki C. (Vikki). Vikki got an easy 5 free credits
for posting the milestone book!
Our grand prize winner (of 100 Book Credits, 1 Year Box-O-Books,
1 Year Book Journal, $10.00 PBS Money, $10.00 SwapaCD.com Money
and $10.00 SwapaDVD.com Money) was Michael T. (flopp), who
has been a member since 12/10/2007. Michael was bowled over by
the news that he had won! The second place winner (of 25 Book
Credits, 1 Year Box-O-Books, 1 Year Book Journal, $5.00 PBS
Money, $5.00 SwapaCD.com Money and $5.00 SwapaDVD.com Money) was
Angela T. (rubyred) 1/19/2008. She plans to share her credits
with her dad--March 24th was his birthday! The third place
winner (of 10 Book Credits, 1 Year Box-O-Books, 1 Year Book
Journal, $3.00 PBS Money, $3.00 SwapaDVD.com Money and $3.00
SwapaDVD.com Money) was Tiffany M. (beangirl), who has been a
member since 11/5/2007. Tiffany was totally psyched.
Congratulations to all the winners! For quotes from these
winners, please see the Contest Results page on the site.
We also had 8 members who guessed within half an hour each way of
the winning time, and got 1 Book Credit each: Shai G.
(LoveBeingMOM), Kimberly T. (HeartsongChica), Wendy B.
(wendytomereader), J. H. E. (J. H. E.), Kate M.
(kinare), Emily W. (Emily W.), Christine L. (claro)
and Dawn A. (eyebright13).
We would like to thank all who participated in the contest. This
was really fun, and we look forward to the next one!
Correction: A few copies of the Newsletter for March went out
with an inaccuracy; it was caught and corrected, but we wanted to
repeat the correction here. The member who has been determined
to improve the use of Tags on the site, and who created the Tag
Missions, is Jane K. (mahbaar). Again, you can check out
Jane's Tag Missions by searching the Discussion Forums for
"Making Tags Useful" or go to any of the threads directly:
Mission #5, Mission #6, Mission #7, 
Mission #9, 
Tag feature in the 
"Book Tags" or just "Tags").
New Feature: Follow-up for Problem Swaps. This feature allows
requestors to give follow-up on any problem swaps they have
had. Providing follow-up will allow the system to screen more
effectively for those accounts that are sending problem books and
NOT resolving the problems, and also allow us to avoid penalizing
senders who might have made a mistake, but who do resolve the
problem. For information about how to use this new feature, see
the Help doc "Follow-up on Problem Swaps" in the
under What's New > New Features.
A heartwarming message: Stephanie P. (dastephan6) wrote in
to us to say: "I absolutely love the PBS family. Not only is this
a great site to swap books on, but it's also a way to come
together in a time of need. back in september of 2007, my house
burned down. i lost everything, including over 400 books. I made
a post in the forum just letting members know that...if someone
had requested one from me, I might have to refuse... Immediately,
I was contacted by several members sending their thougths and
prayers. But the members didn't stop there. A member took my
address and gave it to other members who were interested in
helping me and my family out. By the end of september, I [was]
back on my feet. That was i really noticed that this site was for
more than just trading books, it is a place to become friends."
We are so glad you are doing better, Stephanie! This is not the
first time, nor the last, that PaperBackSwap members prove that
the PBS bond is more than just a shared love of reading. Our
members are a caring group, and never cease to humble us with
their kindness to one another.
Local Chapter News:
Newest Local Chapter Leaders are
* Lorie M - .pyromomma - Columbia, SC
* Monica L. - ReadingMonster - Vermont
* Alice M. - ajm-wva - Mid-Ohio Valley
* Dawne C. - screader - Upstate SC
* Anna G. -AnnaG - Southern Arizona
* Sari N. -Sarijj - Western Nevada
* Debbie G. - DebbyGMomofThree - Central OH
* Cheryl T. - cheryltroxel - Hamilton County, Indiana
* Rhonda M. - rhondaleesings - Nashville, TN
* Cindy C. - threebs1984 - Southeast OH
* Gray M. - gramurr - Coastal Georgia/ South Carolina
* Jennifer M. - mccullar - Central CA
* Atti R. - RoyalScatterbrain - Orange County/South LA, CA
If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need
to have a PBS NIckname and some organizational skills...check the
Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see
if your area already has a local Chapter. If not, and you want
to do this, just contact us. There are no formal guidelines
for being a Chapter Leader. All of the information is in the
Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH:
Ani K. (goddessani)
As many of you know, Ani is the Co-Coordinator of the Games
Moderators, and keeps Games running smoothly for the club. She
is also a Tour Guide, and she has been an active member of PBS
since 7/25/2005. Some of the comments we received along with
nominations of Ani were:
"As the hostess for the tea swap, she runs one of the largest
swaps on the boards, and it's kept up with brilliantly. And for
me, as a new swap hostess, she has been wonderful both for
moderating my swaps and just generally showing me the ropes and
encouraging me. She is a great person on the forums and for the
"Ani is always ready to help in any way possible.... She is
positive, fun and a great person."
Ani, we think you are great, no April-foolin'! You have swapped
a lot of books at PBS and you manage the Games Mods with
conscientiousness and kindness. Tour Guiding on top of that is a
tall order, but there seems no end to your energy. Thanks, Ani,
for all you do to make PBS fun for new and old members alike!
You are our Member of the Month for April.
If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit
them to us here. Your nomination will not "expire"--anyone you
nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if
enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person
who has the most votes accumulated gets to be Member of the Month
and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on
profile and forum posts with pride. So go for it! Tell us who's
helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your
opinion is a credit to PBS. We are keeping a list of all the
nominated members. Who knows--one of them might be YOU!
Dear Librarian--I ordered books from a member in a 2 for 1 deal
advertised in the Book Bazaar: I ordered one book from her
bookshelf, and she was supposed to include a freebie. But then I
got only one book, no freebie, and when I sent a Personal Message
to the member she said she was never running a deal at all! What
the heck happened? --Feeling Bamboozled in Boston
One of two things could have happened here. (1) You could have
requested the book from the wrong person; or (2) your request was
passed along from the original person to a new sender.
(1) means that you were not on the specific member's page when
you submitted the request. You have to click Order This Book on
the specific member's bookshelf (nowhere else) in order to be
sure that request is submitted to her. You can read more
instructions in the Help doc How do I direct my request for a
book to a specific member? in the Help Center.
(2) means that you submitted the request to the correct person,
but if you had Requestor Conditions the book didn't meet, she may
have declined your request. Or she didn't mark the book mailed
in time, and the request canceled. In both cases, your request
would have passed to a new sender, who could not know that you
had arranged to get a "freebie" book from the other member.
To prevent (1) from happening, be sure to follow the instructions
in the Help doc linked above. To prevent (2) from happening, you
can make your Requestor Conditions clear when you discuss the
"deal" in PMs before submitting your request, or simply toggle
your Requestor Conditions to "off" (and click Update) in your
Account Settings before submitting that request. It is harder to
make sure the sender marks the book mailed in time (that is up to
her), but you can remind her by PM if you are concerned, and also
keep an eye on your "deal" requests on your My Account page. The
deadline to mark a book mailed is 2 days after the mailby date
that shows in the Request Details (or 5 days after the accepted
date, if that is what shows in the details). If a "deal" book is
not marked mailed by the deadline (if you do not get an email
telling you it was mailed before then), you should be sure to
cancel the new request that takes its place on your My Account
page, because that new request will be with a new sender.
The system wasn't designed for "unofficial" deals like this;
deals were something that the members created themselves. We are
considering making some changes to the request process purely for
those who make "deals" on the site, because they have become so
popular! Stay tuned.
Dear Librarian--I got a book and read it, but it didn't survive
the read. The book looked okay when it arrived, and it was a
great read, but now that I am done with it there are pages
falling out. I can't repost this book--should I ask for my credit
back from the sender? --Surprised in Santa Rosa
Sounds like this book was on its "last read" when you got it.
Books do have a lifespan, and eventually if read enough will wear
out. I don't think you should ask for your credit back--you say
the book looked fine to post, and the sending member was able to
read it without it falling apart. And you did get to read it
before the book gave up the ghost. Books do need to meet the
Book Posting Guidelines as described in the Help Center, and
the vast majority of books will stand up to many, many reads.
If the book meets the guidelines (and any requestor conditions on
the request) the sender can't be faulted for posting and sending
So now it is time to retire it from PBS bookshelves: you can't
repost it (not even if you are good at repairing books--there are
members who offer simple repair tips in the Discussion Forums,
and you can consult them if a book is not too far gone), but (if
all the pages are there) you can offer it as a freebie incentive
with an order from your bookshelf in a post in the Book
Bazaar Discussion Forums. If it is just done, you can simply
We know it is disappointing not to be able to repost this book.
But remember, this won't happen very often to any one member. It
will probably happen once or twice to some; and some members will
never encounter this. If it happens to you, enjoy the read and
know that it won't happen again for a long time (if ever). Yes,
the book cost you a credit, but that's a lot less than buying it
from most used bookstores, and the book served a lot of readers
well. We are glad you enjoyed the read. Tell that book to rest
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