Help Center - FAQs About the PaperBackSwap Book Review Contest

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It's easy to enter the PaperBackSwap Book Review Contest! Here are the FAQs:

How do I enter?
How do I Share a review to Facebook?
How do I tag PaperBackSwap on the review I've shared?
I'm trying to share a review, but it doesn't work!
Can I enter more than once?
Can I enter a review that I have published elsewhere on the Internet?
Is there a length requirement (number of characters) for the review?
How do I provide a Star Rating for my review?
Can I cuss or use obscenities in my review?
Does it have to be a new review? Can I submit a review I already wrote?
Can I nominate someone else's review by sharing it at Facebook and tagging PaperBackSwap?
How many winners will there be?
How do I vote for a review?
Can I vote for more than one review?
Can I vote for my own review?
Any tips on what makes a winning Book Review?
Is this a one-time contest?
What are the prizes?

What if I don't have any books on my Wish List?
How can I participate if I don't have a Facebook account?

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How do I enter?

  • Review a book you have read, and then
  • Use the Share button below the review to share the review on Facebook.
  • Be sure to tag your review with a tag to our PaperBackSwap Facebook page, to enter the contest.

How do I Share a review to Facebook?

  • Look at the review on our site (linked from your profile, or on the Book Details page)
  • See the "Share/Like this Review" link on the bottom left? Click that and on the next page you will have a Share button, below the review.
  • Click the Share button and share to your Timeline on Facebook.  Be sure to choose Friends or Public to make it a 'real' share, so we can see it when you tag us.

How do I tag PaperBackSwap on a shared review?

  • Just go the review where you've shared it to your Facebook Timeline, and EITHER

(1) click the down arrow at the top right of the Post, choose Edit, and then type in "Paperbackswap" - when Facebook suggests our page (with the familiar blue logo!) in the box that drops down, choose that. Then save.

OR

(2) comment on your own post, typing in "Paperbackswap" - and again, when Facebook suggests our page (with the familiar blue logo!) choose that. Then post/save that comment, so it shows on the post.

I'm trying to share a review, but it doesn't work!

  • Do you use a different email address for your PaperBackSwap and your Facebook accounts?
  • If so, that could be why. Facebook won't "recognize" you unless the email addresses match.

Can I enter more than once?

  • Yup!

Can I enter a review that I have published elsewhere on the Internet?

  • Yes!
  • Your content MUST BE YOUR OWN though - plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarists will be mocked - and banned from the contest indefinitely.

Is there a length requirement (number of characters)?

  • Nope, but remember you want it to be readable and enjoyable for us to choose it as a finalist.
  • It MUST have a Star Rating on the top to go with the text.

How do I provide a Star Rating for the review?

  • You can do that when you review the book - just choose the stars at the top of the review.
  • If you are modifying an old review for consideration and sharing it, you can either
    • (1) edit the review and add the star rating OR
    • (2) just go to the Book Details page and click on the number of stars at the top of the Book Details page, to record your star rating onto your existing review for that book.

Can I cuss or use obscenities in my review?

  • We're all grownups, so you don't have to be G rated, but excessive vulgarity won't win you any contests hint hint.
  • "Excessive vulgarity" is judged by us, and like the man said "We may not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it." (H/T Potter Stewart)

Does it have to be a new review? Can I submit a review I already wrote?

  • It doesn't have to be a new review  (but those will have a mild advantage).
  • If you want to submit a previously-written review, you can do that by sharing the existing review to Facebook and tagging PaperBackSwap. (Old reviews will be considered, but new reviews will be given slight favor.)

Can I nominate someone else's review by sharing it at Facebook and tagging PaperBackSwap?

  • Yes! You can nominate someone else's review for the contest.
  • You can find reviews on book listings, linked from Member Profiles, and the most recent reviews are accessible from "Member Reviews" in the menu under Search at the top of the site.

<How many winners will there be?

  • We will announce three finalists each week (on our Facebook page and on the Blog and in the Discussion Forums), and invite members to vote on them.
  • When members have voted for a week, we will announce the winner!

How do I vote for a review?

  • From Facebook - you can click the post for the review on our Page, and then click the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down on the review page.
  • From the PaperBackSwap site - you can click the  go to the page with the review (the Book Details page is one place to see it) and then click the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down on the review page.
  • You can also use the "Like on Facebook" button on the review to Like the review - each Facebook LIke will be = to another thumbs-up vote!

Can I vote for more than one review?

  • Yes! You can vote for all of them, or one of them, or two of them - whatever you like.

Can I vote for my own review?

  • Nope. Attempts to vote for yourself may disqualify you from the contest.

Any tips on what makes a winning Book Review?

  • Generally, we're looking for reviews that we enjoy reading.
  • Distinctive is good: so, witty reviews, or reviews containing a good analysis of some aspect of the book)
  • Reasonable length: sometimes you got a lot to say, sometimes you can get it done in a paragraph.
  • Freshness date: old reviews can be submitted, but new reviews will get preference. If you have a really great old review, please DO submit it - it may bowl us over!

Is this a one-time contest?

  • No - We hope to make this an ongoing thing!

What are the prizes?

  • The Finalists get a Book Credit (and a Free Swap with it if they aren't Standard Members, so no Swap Fee will be needed)
  • The weekly winner will get a Wish List book (we will choose it from your Wish List)
    • So keep your Wish List current - we don't want to send you a book you already got but forgot to remove from your Wish List!
    • If none of the books on your Wish List are books we can get for you, we will give you 4 Book credits (with Free Swaps, as noted above)

What if I don't have any books on my Wish List?

  • If you don't have any books on your Wish List - OR - if you don't have a suitable book on your Wish List (one we can't obtain, or can't afford to obtain - we do have some restrictions regarding the $ cost of the prize book), you'll get 5 Book Credits (and Five Swap Fees to go with them, if you are not a Standard Member).

How can I participate if I don't have a Facebook account?

  • You do have to have a Facebook account to be able to share a Book review and enter the contest.
    • However, we've added a Wild Card Reviewer option now - so one of the weekly finalists may be a review that was not shared on Facebook.
    • That means sharing your Book Review on Facebook will increase your chances of being a Finalist, but even if you don't share your Book Review on Facebook you can still be considered that week.
  • You can vote on nominees without using or having a Facebook account - we will announce the finalists in many places, including the PaperBackSwap Discussion Forums and the Blog.
  • We may be creating other (non Facebook) contests in future - stay tuned!