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Welcome to PBS, Peggy!
Since PBS works on a First In, First Out system, you will be notified when someone requests your copy of a certain book.
In the meantime, you can use your initial credits to order something.
You can opt of receiving emails about books for sale in the PBS Market Place by going to "My Account" -> "Settings" and clicking something like "I do not want emails when WL books are available in the PBS Market."
Do you have any credits? If you have a credit just look for the book you want and order it. 1 credit=1book (you will need 2 credits for audio books)
At the top of the page you will see "Help Center", select How to Swap Books from the menu for a quick tour of how the site works.
Hope this helps.
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You might find some of the introductory pages in he Help Center of use: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/how_to_swap_books.php
Also: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_index.php All the yellow tabs on the left are full of useful information for new traders.
The books here can be divided into available books and wish list books.
Available books are waiting to be mailed out. They have an "order this book" button, and can be ordered right away. Your order will go to the member who has been waiting longest to mail the book.
If there are no copies of a book posted, instead of an "order this book" button, you'll see a "post this book" button. Underneath that is a button for adding the book to your wish list. When someone posts a wish list book, it is immediately offered to the person who has been waiting longest to receive the book.
If you click on an author's name, green means the books are available, and red means you can add them to your wish list.
In addition to the regular swapping process, wish list books have a "buy from Amazon" button if you don't want to wait in line for the book. And the site will sometimes buy up new remainder copies of wish list books and offer them here for a reduced price, as "PBS market" books. E-mails are sent out to people who have the books on their wish list. Sophia described how to opt out of those e-mails.
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