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Topic: UNPOSTABLE BOOKS - PLEASE HELP ME NOT RECYCLE !

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Subject: UNPOSTABLE BOOKS - PLEASE HELP ME NOT RECYCLE !
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 7:36 PM ET
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I have ALOT of unpostable books (ARCíS) in my possession from reviewing. Mostly they are Young Adult novels, but I do have some adult fiction and nonfiction. Iím just trying to find an alternative to recycling and the local libraries are not interested. I have seen others doing a deal with their unpostable books here. I donít know the rules for this, so if someone can advise me on how not to compromise the Paperbackswapís Policies but still swap these books Iíd greatly appreciate it. I have looked over the Terms of Use, Book Bazaar Tour, and Tips within said "Tour". Iíd rather keep the books on my swap shelf to be reserved for those who are actually interested in those titles, and not just a means to get the ARCíS. If perhaps there is a deal with splitting postage/credits/something? Any input is helpful. THANKS! -Kirst
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 7:39 PM ET
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Kirst,

The usual way of doing it is to list them as available as freebies with any order of a regular book from your shelf, assuming you feel like doing that. This way you don't pay much extra postage for mailing them out (a lot of the time you won't pay any extra, because the two books combined will be under 1 lb, assuming the other book is a paperback). And I know I've sometimes ordered books to get the unpostables, so it will help move some extra books off your regular shelf.

Hope that helps.

 

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 8:26 PM ET
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If you don't want to make them freebie additions to regular orders -  which is what I assume you mean by "I want to keep the books on my swap shelf reserved for those actually interested in those titles" - I can think of two options:

One, just offer them for free here, or in the damaged book thread at the top of the forum.

Two, offer them for a straight one-to-one swap, i.e. I tell you what book I'm interested in and you look over my bookshelf and see if there's anything you would like in return. Then both people send out the books for free.   If you want to do this, I would suggest telling people what books/types of book you're interested in, so that people have some idea if they have anything to trade on their shelves.

Good luck.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 8:43 PM ET
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Kirsten:  You can't post these books on your Bookshelf because it's against the rules to post ARC's. The best thing to do is to offer one free with an order from your shelf.  It is also not allowed to swap books with another member without using credits.

There is a thread in the BB to post ARC's. "Post Your ARC's Here"



Last Edited on: 9/13/07 8:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 8:43 PM ET
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Naiche,

   Just so you know you can't swap books with out being a member of box of books so number 2 is not an option. You can not do creditless swaps unless you are a member of box of books. I just thought you should know. Both members have to be part of box of books. It is a service that does have a cost per year for it. Jean

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 8:56 PM ET
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Oops, sorry, I thought that swapping unpostables for free was okay, since you can't swap them for credits.  I've sent out ARCs for free before, and the receiving member asked me (completely voluntarily) if I wanted anything of theirs in return, so I figured it was okay.



Last Edited on: 9/13/07 8:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:17 PM ET
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Hi Kirsten,

Personally, i would post them on one of the other swapping sites, like Bookmooch, or Frugal Reader. They both allow ARC's to be posted, as long as they are noted as such. Then you can get credits for them to order more books, books that can be posted here :-)

Cari

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:20 PM ET
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I thought there was a "Mail to a Friend" option that does allow you to mail to a friend without using credits. Was I wrong about this? I mail to my sister even though she does not have an account on this site.
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:21 PM ET
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I've also seen a "Give Credit" option. Was this wrong also?
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:24 PM ET
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Thank you soo much !! That is kinda what I'm looking for...I will check it out. I'm still interested in getting my titles to people here, I'm just trying to do it in a cost effective way. (i.e. not go into debt :-D )
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:48 PM ET
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There is a wonderful site that I am a strong member of called Books for soldiers. It is a place where soldiers ask for books while deployed over seas. Most of them don't care if they are not in tip top shape. Due to the elements over there the books get messed up anyways. So a little water damaged or a few dog eared corners are welcomed sites compared to the other stuff they see. I send books over there ALL the time.    Check ou this link and take a look around.   http://booksforsoldiers.com/forum

 

Hope this helps you.

.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:56 PM ET
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Yes, you can do a "mail to a friend" without any credits involved.  You can also "Buddy" someone a credit if you wish.  Just put the name of the member on your Buddy list and click "give credit". 

Remember, you can list your ARC's in the BB; offer one free with an order from your shelf. That way, you will receive a credit and give your ARC's to someone who would like to read it.

 

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 10:34 PM ET
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The 'mail to a friend' feature is for a book that is listed on PBS, which can't be an ARC,

the "buddy a credit" is for all sorts of reasons, but compensation for an ARC, isn't one of them.

You are welcome to give them away free or as incentives on PBS but that is the only two options you have. (except to use them in an ARC game that may be offered up sometime)

If you don't want to do either one of those, as someone else pointed out, there are other swap sites, and I'm always seeing people wanting to trade their PBS credits for points on the others or vice versa, so it should be no problem getting the credits brought back to use (or the books if you get books at the other site).

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 11:46 PM ET
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Just out of curiosity I started looking for where it states that you cannot trade books without credits being involved. I can't find anything anywhere. Would someone post a link to it?

I would think it would be ok considering how it works. Person A gets 1 book and gives 1 credit for the book AND person B gets 1 book and gives one credit. So if those two people are just swapping with each other on that occasion it doesn't affect anyone else and they would end up with the same amount of credits IF credits were involved.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:26 AM ET
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And of course...right after I posted the message I found where that info is. :)  For those others that don't know, it is here http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/view_topic.php?t=39715

Sorry again

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:26 AM ET
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Is this what you are looking for??  PaperBackSwap :: Help Center - Search

 

Can we swap books for books directly with other members on this site?

Yes, but only if you both subscribe to Box-O-Books.

  • "Creditless" swaps are permitted ONLY between two Boxers.
  • Using the PBS site to conduct an under-the-table book-for-book swap without using credits would be in direct violation of PBS policy, and would put both members' PBS accounts in jeopardy.

Why is this?

  • We have worked very hard on this site, and it has cost us (and continues to cost us) a great deal of money. The Box-O-Books service is one of the few sources of income the site has generated to offset our financial losses, and we are still deeply in the red. Without some financial support we will not be able to continue the club. We are trying to keep the site free for our members, and Box-O-Books was one innovation intended to help us do so.
  • PBS relies greatly on the "honor" system among our members. We are pleased to say that the majority of PBSers are honest and above-board; if that were not so, the club could not continue.
  • We hope that the rule makes sense to you, and that you understand that we are not being unfair or greedy. It is simply that if enough members did this, we would have to close down the club.

 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:45 AM ET
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Yes, that all makes sense.  Sorry for providing incorrect information to another member.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:17 AM ET
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Sherry; what about Custom DC??  You can mail anything with this?   And Buddying a credit....you can do for any reason can't you. It does not ask why.   Please correct me if I'm wrong!

 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:30 PM ET
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ditto to the frugalreader.com suggestion.  you can also post them on titletrader.com

the thread someone else mentioned for the ARC's is a good one too and you can put them in your signature for anyone that reads the forums

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 4:48 PM ET
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Realized after I posted that there were several replies on Pg. 2 that already said what I did.



Last Edited on: 9/14/07 4:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 12:16 AM ET
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Thanks for all the ideas. I'm swamped this weekend for time, so early this coming week I'll have worked out what I'm probably going to do. I'll bump this up when I reach that decision. Thanks all !!