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Letter from the PBS Team:

So much has happened since our last newsletter. The club is growing by leaps and bounds, adding new members and books every minute of the day! We’ve had wonderful coverage from the media, including NBC News from Boston. You can check out what others are saying by going to the “PR and Media” section of the club.

Thanks to all members that have referred friends and family. By spreading the word, you’re bringing more members and a wider variety of books to the club for everyone. (Results from our BoOk LoVErs’ Referral Contest are in this month’s newsletter.)

The goal of this newsletter is to highlight new features and provide helpful hints so that each member can navigate smoothly through the site and enjoy their book club experience. As always, should you have any questions or comments, please never hesitate to contact us. YOU are what makes this club so successful!

Thank you,
The PaperBackSwap Team

I love this site. I am always finding new and interesting books to read, and with the new improvements to the site, it just keeps getting better and better.
Marlene W.
West Covina, CA
6/21/2005

Because there is so much important information here, you may wish to print out this email and use as a reference.

BoOk LoVErs’ Referral Contest
We asked, and you delivered! Thanks to all the members that participated in our BoOk LoVErs’ Referral Contest. We had many members send out emails and links to our site, and they were rewarded with many extra credits. The winning results are as follows:

1st Place goes to Nicole Bradley of Marietta, OH. Congrats Nicole! You’ll be receiving triple credits for all of your referrals during the contest.

2nd Place goes to Pamela Burns of Cherry Hill, NJ. Kudos to Pamela. She’ll receive double credits for all of her referrals during the contest.

3rd Place goes to Pamela Marrache of Menasha, WI. Because Pamela spread the word, she will receive her regular referral credits plus 5 Bonus Credits.

Smile, You’ve Got Messages
Yes, you can now send your fellow members personal messages. On the home page of your account, simply click on the “Personal Messages” button (identified as “Send Personal Message” or “Send Message” in other locations). You can send any member a message. Please keep in mind that our site upholds very high moral standards when you are messaging. Please, no profanity, vulgarity, advertising, promoting of sites in conflict with the club or inappropriate commentary on members or the club.

Because we have volunteered our time and worked so hard to provide countless features for our members, we would appreciate all members remaining true to the club by trading books through the club’s system. By offering the Personal Message feature, we’ve created an environment where you can continue to grow closer and closer to the book club members that we like to call “family”. We hope you enjoy this feature.

“I’ve Got Something To Say About . . . “
If you have something you’d like to talk about in the club, then our Discussion Forums are for you. Check out this feature that is sure to help you get to know your fellow club members. In the Discussion Forum section, you’ll find topics such as Chic Lit, Club Member’s Thoughts and Hidden Gems (all of those undiscovered authors and books that deserve special attention and have been selected by our members). With forums available for each genre, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Now YOU Can Have the Last Word
NEW - We feature three topics and members focus on them for the entire month. Starting in July, every month PBS will select a Genre of the Month, Author of the Month and a Current Event of the Month. These selections will appear at the top of the Discussion Forum page and are available for comments for that particular month. We challenge each member to “put in their 2 cents” on these monthly topics. Come on and join in the fun. Share your viewpoint and explore other members’ views too.

Your Ticket to Speeeeed
Extensive work has been done to the Search Results page. Your searches are now being returned at up to 60x faster than previously returned! More speed means more time for you to enjoy your club. This is just one of many new improvements for our members.

Be Sure to Get Your Daily Digest
Because we are growing so fast, the number of new books listed daily has risen to over a thousand a day! It can take some time to browse through all of these – what a great problem/opportunity!! 1400+ books a day!

To help you sort through the most recent postings, select the Daily Digest and receive a nightly email for the genres you like. Customize your Daily Digest, selecting your favorite genre or author. The system will sort through all newly posted books in the past 24 hours and pull the ones that meet your specified criteria, emailing you with this information.

Saved Searches
Do you find yourself always performing the same searches each time you come to PBS? Well, now you can just save the search. Then PBS will send you a nightly email notifying you if any new books for that search were posted in the last 24 hours! How convenient is that? Yet another PaperBackSwap original!

Don’t Miss Recent Changes
We’re growing and improving so fast that it would take a mailbox full of emails to tell you what’s going on at PBS. Instead, we’ve created the section titled Recent Changes. Be sure to take a glance often at this section for some of the many improvements that we make for the club and for you.

Who’s Your Friend?
This button allows you to add other PBS members to your Friends page. This helps you to keep tabs on your Friend’s current list of books and also their Wish List. You can even send them a personal message inviting them to chat at a certain time. You will also receive alerts on on your Friends page when they are online.

PBS Gets Personal with Public Profiles
Now you can get to know your fellow members and let them get to know you too. Public Profiles are a new feature that lets you tell other members about yourself and your interest. You can include information such as your nickname, name, age, location, and any information about yourself or your reading preferences that you would like to share. You can also upload a photo or select an icon to reflect your personality.

Start your profile by selecting a nickname. This nickname will be viewable by other members and will also be part of your personal domain address. For example, if you chose the nickname "lucy", your personal domain address would be http://lucy.paperbackswap.com. This address can be given to friends and family. By going to this address a visitor will be able to see your active books in the system, Wish list, book reviews, notebook entries, books shipped, and many more exciting features to come. Your Public Profile also offers a Notebook for you to include your thoughts and for others to leave notes to you.

You can also use your profile nickname for referrals instead of giving out your email address. Now you can post your referral links around the internet on other forums without the worry of getting spam in your inbox.

Many members have already selected this exciting feature and have started enjoying being part of a wonderful community of friends on-line.

Live Chat – Ready and Waiting
We’ve created a Live Chat area for members to enjoy conversing with other members while on-line. The next time you see someone on chat, stop in and give them a shout. You’ll meet the nicest people and chat with other members about topics of interest.

Even when there is no one in chat, log in. I challenge you to be the first to get things started. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at who joins you. 

Top Swappers
Want to know who the “movers and shakers” are in the club? Check out the “Top Swappers” List. This list shows which members have sent out the most books. You can view this list based on the most recent 7 days, the past 30 days or overall totals. Because these members have lots of wanted books and have completed so many transactions, you may want to add these members to your Friends page. The +BUDDY button is available for your convenience.


WOW, if you think this was a lot of information, just think of all the work that went into making these improvements for the club! Many thanks to Robert, one of our co-founders, that had many sleepless nights this month. (Do they give out awards for “Least Amount of Sleep” ???????)

Best Wishes and Happy Reading,

The PaperBackSwap Team