Help Center - The Bookshelf Header

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Introduced 9/3/2008.

The Bookshelf Header allows you to add a custom, publicly-viewable message at the top of your PBS Bookshelf.  You can introduce yourself - give an overview of the types of books you have -  comment about a specific book you have Posted - invite members to join your Game in the Games Forum - or just say Hello! 

How to add a Header to your Bookshelf:

  • Go to My Bookshelf in My Account
  • Click at the top left of your Bookshelf.
  • Type in the text you want everyone to see when they look at your bookshelf. There is a limit of 500 characters.
  • Click Save.

To see your own header on your Bookshelf:

  • Click at the top of your Bookshelf.
  • This will show you your bookshelf with the header on it.

How other members will see your header:

  • When they view your Bookshelf from your profile or a forum Post of yours
  • When they click Order More from Member after requesting a book from you

How to edit your Bookshelf Header:

  • Go to My Bookshelf in My Account
  • Click at the top left of your Bookshelf.
  • Edit the text. There is a limit of 500 characters.
  • Click Save.

How to delete/remove your Bookshelf Header:

  • Go to My Bookshelf in My Account
  • Click at the top left of your Bookshelf.
  • Edit the text to be empty.
  • Click Save.

What can you use the Header for?  Some examples:

  • Introduce yourself!
  • Introduce your books!  ("I have a lot of cozy mysteries" or  "I have lots of audio books!  Filter my bookshelf by audio to see them all!")
  • You can also advertise a "deal" you may be offering - such as a list of "unpostable" books you are offering free with an order --but if you do this, you MUST keep the message up-to-date, and you CANNOT decline or ignore requests from other members.  It is safest if you want to offer a deal in your Header to include the message "Be sure to send me a Personal Message after submitting your request, so we are both sure the deal goes through properly."  Members who offer deals and then ignore or decline requests will pass those requests on to bookshelves that are NOT offering deals, and this disappoints requestors.

What should you NOT use the Header for?

  • You should not use the Header to describe unpostable books on your bookshelf.  Unpostable books should NOT be posted to your bookshelf.  See Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PaperBackSwap and What can be posted for swapping here? for the minimum book posting criteria.
  • You should not use the Header to describe books you have posted incorrectly (ie, with the wrong booktype).   Books MUST be posted correctly so that ISBN, title, author and booktype on the listing all match your book.
  • Nasty or unpleasant messages, obscenity or anything we judge to be vulgar or inappropriate, advertising, or anything that violates the Terms of Use.  Duh. :)