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"This is an UNMODERATED challenge. Unmoderated means that no Games Mods are supervising this challenge, and gamers are playing at their own risk. If something should happen (no prize recevied), the gamers will not have the assistance of the Games Moderators or the PBS Team to resolve the problem."
In this challenge, you will gain points by reading print and ebooks. There will also be opportunities to obtain bonus points for various other activities. ANY AND ALL GENRES ARE ALLOWED.
Just a heads up, the majority of this group started out as an ebook hot & steamy (erotica) vb. We took a break for the summer so I started the other challenge to keep people occupied. Because of this, the core group at this time, are mainly erotica and a smattering of paranormal readers. This is an all genre challenge, so everyone is welcome, but I wanted to give fair warning for when we discuss books we've read. :)
1 credit to me will be required to sign up. Once the challenge has started, credits will be non-refundable.
CHALLENGE START: SUNDAY, AUGUST 12TH (12:01 AM)
CHALLENGE END: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH (11:59 PM)
ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EST. MEANING YOU START, STOP AND SUBMIT AT THE TIMES LISTED FOR EASTERN STANDARD TIME ZONE.
Need some help with time zones?
Central - Add 1 Hour for EST
Mountain - Add 2 Hours for EST (except Arizona - add 3)
Pacific - Add 3 Hours for EST
Alaska - Add 4 Hours for EST
You must check-in on each date to be eligible for the prizes. HERE IS THE FORM FOR SUBMISSIONS. If you read 0 ebooks for that week, submit a form anyways and put your name and "none" for where text is required, select the "short story" option and choose "no" for the bonuses.
CHECK-IN DATES (by 11:59 PM):
WEEK 1: SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 (for books read during August 12th - August 18th)
WEEK 2: SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 (for books read during August 19th - August 25th)
WEEK 3: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (for books read during August 26th - September 1st)
WEEK 4: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (for books read during September 2nd - September 8th)
WEEK 5: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (for books read during September 9th - September 15th)
WEEK 6: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (for books read during September 16th - September 22nd)
WEEK 7: MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 (for books read during September 23rd - September 30th)
Short Story - 0 to 50 pages: 25 points
Novella - 51 to 110 pages: 50 points
Novel - 111 to 250 pages: 100 points
Super Novel - 251 to 360 pages: 150 points
Super Plus Novel - 361 pages to 450 pages: 200 points
Neverending Novel - 451 pages and greater: 250 points
FOR EBOOKS - If there is a print version of your ebook, use that number for your page count. If your book does not have a print version OR the equivalent page number on a reputable site, we will use the following formula - WORD COUNT/280. This number will equal your page count. If you can not find either a page count or a word count, the book cannot be used for the challenge. Word counts can be found at a variety of sites: All Romance, Fictionwise, BookStrand, etc.
I am figuring this out by pulling the word count that Total-e-Bound uses to distinguish their types of books and using the formula (rounding to something sensible). The number 280 came from pulling 20 random books that were available in print and ebook, dividing their word count by the number of pages in the book. Then I averaged all of them to get an average words per page. Since we don't have WL info or stuff like that that most challenges use, I am having to use the page count for points.
Buddy Bonus: 50 points - Before we begin, I will buddy up participants and have each pick and post 5 novel or super sized TBR books for their buddy to read. In addition to the regular base points, 50 bonus points will be added for each book read.
Secret Book Bonus: 100 points - Again, before we start I will select one novel or super novel sized book from each player's TBR. If that book is read during the challenge, in addition to the base points, 100 bonus points will be added. This book will not be a buddy book.
eBook Bonus: 25 points - for every ebook that is read, you will receive these bonus points. An extra incentive to get through that stash!
Review Bonus: 10 points - For every book that is reviewed, whether it's here on PBS's description page, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc, you will receive 10 bonus points. These do not have to be large reviews. Why did you like the book, what did you dislike? How many stars?
Total standing will be determined each week (and for the final) by:
Totaling up your points standing (person with the most points at the end of the week will get 1, second gets 2, etc) and adding it to your page standing (determined by totaling up number of pages read - rank again, person with most pages read will get a 1 and so on). The person with the lowest total number (both page and points added together) will be the winner. In the case of a tie for points, the ranking will be determined by the highest number of pages read. In the case of a tie for page ranking, standing will be determined by highest number of points. In the case of a total points tie, pages read will be the tie breaker.
Credit prize distribution will be dependent on the number of sign ups.
Please submit information on ALL books you read during the challenge. You CANNOT pick and choose the books you read, it can screw up the ranking. Library books, books borrowed from a friend, ebooks that are on loan to you are all okay. Audio books will not be allowed for this challenge.
If you would like to participate in the buddy or secret book bonus, please post a link to your TBR. Due to some of these being ebooks, you probably want to create one offsite (away from PBS).
To make a TBR on Goodreads, just mark your books with the "to read" option. I had created a separate shelf called "to read books" or "to read ebooks" so that I could find those quicker.
You can also go on Amazon and create a Wish List and just add the books that you already have to it. Login to Amazon and click the Wish List button at the top right. This will bring up your Wish Lists. To the left, under your name, there will be a button that says "create another wish list" or something like that. Click that. Name it whatever you want. I would name it something like - Books To Be Read. Then, make sure to either mark it as public or shared. Shared means that it wil be private and only those with a link can view it. If you mark it private, only you will be able to see the list. Public means everyone out in the world can see it.
There is also Library Thing and Shelfari. Though I am not on there and have no idea how they work. I'm not sure of others.
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Prize distribution 29 credits based on final results
3 for Mini-Challenges - (tie breaker will be total points plus total pages) - 1 credit each
People will only be able to win one prize. If you receive a prize from the final results, you will not be eligible for the mini-challenges. It will pass on to the next player.
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Pretty sure I do own a copy of all of those :)
Your so funny. I almost did not recognize you with your new avi!
Oh yay! Darlene!
I have been reading like crazy lately so may as well play.
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I will play, Someone posted this link in a swap I am in. I am not a paranormal reader, but I see it is all genres. I have a huge tbr of over 1400 books, I will narrow it down.
Here a few book lists of mine
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