Here are real testimonials from our club members. If you like what we are doing in general or maybe you consider a certain feature to be a miniature "stroke of genius" :), please take a moment to let us know about it. Hey, we like to read these testimonials and we can then publish them for prospective members to read as well. (More books! More books!)
Or maybe you'd like to express your appreciation for the kind or thoughtful actions of fellow members? We hear about them quite often in feedback and it always makes our day, so please, share it with the world!
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"I just renewed my Limited Membership, and I have to say, as much as I wish I didn't have to pay for this swapping thing, it's well worth my 12.00. I love getting new books, and I've gotten offered stuff on my wish list here that I NEVER thought I'd ever get. And, I was surprised (and pleased!) that my unused free swaps from last year rolled over to this year, that was very nice. I'm happy!"
"Have been a member for a few years now, and as an avid reader, this has saved me quite a bit of money.
And I'm that strange person who loves to get mail, so this urge is satisfied as well.
My only quibble is with those members that don't mark a book as received, that I have to PM and remind more than once.
That part is quite irritating, and seems to be more common lately.
I'm hoping the small fee system will weed those folks out.
Other than that, this is a wonderful community!"
"This is a great idea that really helps spread the good word about reading. And the best part is you have so many different kinds of books to order. Love the club and the whole idea. To those who don't like the small fee, don't join. Go to Barnes and Noble."
"I'm so happy to be a member of PBS. I'm especially grateful for the opportunity to discover new-to-me authors, enjoy such a wonderful assortment of books, and be able to share some of my favorites with others."
"I love this club! I have traded & also received 100's of
books. So what if there is a nominal fee. I love to read
and this club allows me to do it very inexpensively. If I went to a store, even a used book store it would cost me thousands of $. I read 1-2 books a week. I enjoy reading the reviews by members which often help me decide if I want to order a particular book."
"I have been a member of PBS for a few years now and I love this book club. I truly believe this book club is the best in America. I am an avid reader and book collector, so when they decided to charge a fee i did not hesitate to pay because this is an amazing book club."
"I was kind of surprised about the reaction to the new fees and memberships. Having been a member for a good long time and given away at least 570 books, I have to say I love this
club and don't mind the increases. I am amazed at how well it works. The web site creators thought of everything, especially the printing of postage from home, so I can stroll out to my mailbox and send someone a book. The benefits so
outweigh the changes. The clubs within the Club, personal messages,credit gift certificates, the joy of giving and receiving books, cds, and dvds, new books in the PBS Market,
communicating with other readers, etc, I enjoy it all. Thank you so much!"
"I've been a member of PaperBackSwap for years. I also tell everyone I know or meet about what a wonderful resource - and community - it is.
Sure, things used to be totally free. In other words, if I ordered a book from you there was only shipping to pay on your end. But you'd get a credit and could then order a book from me 100% free. Well, times change and how could PBS benefit at all from that system when nothing's coming in to pay for site maintenance and upkeep?
I've heard that PBS has received negative kickback from a small # of members for introducing a meager trade fee (<$1 USD per trade, I believe). I say? Like all businesses, there will always be a part of the consumer population that either is never happy or feels a need to complain about minor changes. And I feel sorry for those people.
I mean, there's so much to be HAPPY about!!! The way PBS has structured things DOES provide options, which people can willingly buy into, accept on their own terms or opt out of. FREE was great and I loved it, but I'm still a huge supporter of PBS and SwapaDVD. (I'll never use the CD arm - I'm too attached to my collection to part w/anything!)
I'll continue to tell everyone I know and meet to join PaperBackSwap and SwapaDVD, as I believe they provide us all with a great place to congregate, introduce our books (or books we stumble upon in our travels) to strangers we might never have otherwise met and pay a small fee to utilize that service. I love this community.
Congrats to its founders - and the rest of us - for stumbling on such a great idea!"
"I really appreciate PBS. Through PBS I have been able to get books I needed and books I enjoyed. They offer me a lot of convenience in being able to print out postage and mail books from my home.
I know they finally had to charge membership fees in order to help pay for the servers and such and I am OK with that, especially since they make it so easy to keep on swapping my books without the added fees through the a la carte option.
When I first signed on I was confused about some things, but there was someone right there to answer my questions and walk me through it. I have needed help since then and, again, someone was always there to help me.
Way to go, PBS! Thank you, Librarians! Keep up the good work!"
"Paperback Swap is a great way to share books once we're finished with them while indulging our love of reading at little cost. Given the price of books these days, a small annual fee plus the book's postage is a small price to pay for the convenience of sending and receiving books right at your front door. And the website is well designed, maintained, & easy to use. Good job, everyone."
"I've enjoyed Paperback Swap so much. My goal has been to attain a complete collection of a particular high-quality paperback series of an author. I am not in a rush, and this club has worked for me. Now and then, I get an addition to my collection, which is nearly complete. Each new arrival is like a present. Thank you for starting and maintaining Paperback Swap!"
"I am a recent member and think this is the greatest idea since sliced bread. Not at all surprised it was necessary to make financial charges to make this all happen! I love this whole concept and feel the benefits far outweigh any cost incurred. Please be encouraged and keep on truckin"! Thank you for creating this club!"
"PBS is the best and easiest way to get books and send them. Wrap the book and BAM I get my credit right then. I don't have to wait for the member to get the book. I get my credit right then and am ready to request books right away. No waiting. It can't get any better than that! PBS ROCKS. Walk out to my mailbox and viola, the book is on the way.
"I love PBS as well as Swap a CD and Swap a DVD. But PBS is my first love. In the years I have been a member I have only had one unsatisfactory transaction with a sender who had marked out all the "evil" words in the book with a marker. PBS helped me get my credit back and apologized for the offending member! On the plus side I have exchanged notes with many members that make me wish we lived close enough to visit. I firmly believe Book People are among the finest human beings.
I once worked with a family that did not read or own ANY books or periodicals and was rather smug about not having read a book since they got out of school. I can't imagine a life like that and I am still sorry for them. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a book and I remember Mom lifting me up to the library counter to write my name for a card before I started Kindergarten. Still have the card 65 years later. Thanks, mom and dad!
Peace and Long Life to PBS and all its tribe!"
"I am a total newbie on this website, and the outstanding service from a live helper named Dian K. blew me away! If you are going to ask for help, i strongly suggest her! I felt welcomed to a website like never before! She made my day!"
"I love the wish list feature; eventually my wishes all come in. I could never afford my voracious reading habit, so PBS is a godsend to me. And to just walk down to the mailbox? Wonderful! I love passing books along too-and recommending good ones on My 'Best of My Reading' booklist. I think I'm a charter member--"
"Ive Just Joined PBS about a month ago. I have to say being a Disabled Wife, not having the normal other outlets. At first I struggled to find the first 10 books to post. Then I went and bought a few new ones, as I read I put them up. I love being able to give my books that would just sit on the shelf, a new chance to get new readable homes. PBS is wonderful!"
"It is time to check my inventory and how fantastic...I just push a button and my inventory prints in alphabetical order. Great planning you all. I love the ease of this site. Happy New Year and New Year's reading to everyone on PaperBack Swap."