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Subject: Question from newbie re wrapping book
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:27 PM ET
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Hi everyone, I have my second order for one of my books. Wooo Hooooo!!!!! The first one I sent out in a bubble envelope but as I am reading the instructions a little closer, it looks like I can just wrap the book in the copy paper using lots of shipping tape. Is that true? Is it safe? Can I do that? T

hx for all your help. Your a great group. I also got notification that the 1st one I sent out was received. I think I have to right # of credits now to get the 2 audio tapes I wanted & couldn't decide between the 2. Where can I look up my credits?  I'm so excited.!  Joy

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 5:32 PM ET
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Yes, you can wrap the book in the two pieces of copy paper that the mailer prints out on. I think there is even a little video on the site to show how to do it correctly. I suggest wrapping it in plastic first. And make sure you tape down every seam securely. I've gotten lots of books in the PBS wrapper without problems.

On your main account tab you should see the number of credits you have available. More detail is available from the Credit Registry link from the main account page, but I've only ever used that when checking to see if credits were refunded for a RWAP.

ETA: If you are looking for audio books you might want to search the Book Bazaar. Sometimes people will offer to send them for one credit instead of two. Cassettes move more slowly than CDs, so many people will offer a deal just to move them out the door.



Last Edited on: 6/15/09 5:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:46 PM ET
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Yes, wrap in plastic first. Saran wrap is good, (NOT Press n Seal, though), also recycled plastic grocery bags, newspaper plastic bags, or a trash bag (cut up into book size pieces) can all be used, along with a host of other types of recycled plastic.

No matter what kind of outer wrapper you use, it is better if it is taped tight against the book(s). If the books are loose in a package, they will tend to rip open the package from the inside, no matter what kind it is. (I've received lots of bubble wrappers with tears and rips in them, because the books inside are loose)

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:50 PM ET
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Click My Account > Main in the top link bar. You'll see your credits listed there. :) Have fun!

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:56 PM ET
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The 2-page PBS Wrapper:

  • Works well for single paperbacks, or even two small books packaged together
  • See Using the PBS Wrapper: a tutorial for instructions, with photos, on how to use the 2-page PBS Wrapper to wrap a book. 
  • If you have a larger or heavy book, or a multiple-book shipment to send, the 2-page PBS Wrapper alone will not provide sturdy enough packaging on its own to protect your book(s) en route.  You will need to use alternate packaging methods.

The 1-page PBS "Label"

  • Cannot be used alone to wrap a book
  • Is intended for use as an address label on alternate packaging (ie, for multiple-book shipments)
Subject: Thx everyone, I'm going over to check out that book bazaar!
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:17 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:33 AM ET
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The 2-piece wrap is meant for standard sized mass paper back books.  The book must have a double thickness of paper completely around it.  If you are sending hard back or trade paperbacks (oversized PBs), PLEASE consider using padded envelopes or invest is a roll of good, heavy weight brown paper.  Every wrapping failure I have received has been because the sender tried to send a trade paperback using only only copy paper to wrap it.  To a person, each sender responded that they have "always" used "that sort of wrapping" and it has "never failed before".  Well, there is a first time for everything and it will definitely happen again.

PLEASE, watch the tutorial, take all the great advice already given but regardless of your wrapping preference, if you use the 2-piece PBS wrapper, make sure that the entire books is covered in two sheets of paper.

Welcome to PBS and have fun! I LOVE it here!

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Plain printer paper wrapping always works for me.  I wrap in plastic first, then double layer of printer paper and then tape reinforce the edges with packing/sealing tape (not scotch tape!).  Make certain that paper is tight around the book, and book cannot move around inside paper package.  I tend to "mummify" my wrappers with tape as additional water protectant also. (I also tape reinforce the inner plastic layer with scotch tape around each edge, but that's not in the guidelines, that's my own "reinforcement" quirk.)

I have never received any complaints that the wrapper was coming apart.  In fact, I've received many compliments on how well-wrapped my books are.  And I don't use special envelopes or packing materials, apart from the packing/sealing tape.



Last Edited on: 6/16/09 11:18 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: Thx. I tried it. didn't like it anyway. Took too much time. I'm getting me
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Subject: Why is my bottom pic cut in half? I've reposted it numerous times.
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:19 AM ET
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She's my favorite invention. Xena My Giant Schnoodle of JOy. It was a pic taken by a professional for LIFE magazine. Can anyone tell me how to fix it? Also can you post more than one? Also, why does it say "ignore this member"?

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 12:03 PM ET
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Joy, another member, Chris B. (mannythepoolshark) has posted a GREAT tutorial on adding blinkies and pictures to your signature line.  It has many helpful suggestions and can help you figure out what might be going wrong here with your picture.

Go to her page and click on the View All Entries section of her notebook, then scroll down to the 4th entry which is her tutorial:

http://mannythepoolshark.paperbackswap.com/profile/notebook.php

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Joy, I think you have too much text in your siggy line and the blinkies are getting cut off.