Your Monthly Guide to What’s Happening at PaperBackSwap
Letter from the PBS Team:
Hi there! Richard and Robert here again to provide you with helpful news and updates. We want all our members to know that we are dedicated to serving the club as well as the best interests of our members. We will be online Monday August 1st at 9:00 pm ET chatting with members, answering questions and exchanging ideas for the club. Join us for a fun and informative evening.
In this month’s newsletter we’ve included a few updates to existing features as well as helpful hints on how to earn more credits.
As always, we encourage you to communicate with us whenever you have any ideas, suggestions or needs with the club. With our members’ help, we continue to stand on our belief that this is absolutely “The Best Book Club in America!”
This Month’s Quote from Our Testimonials Section
Our Family Tree Is Growing!
Double Credits for Referrals
We have received several wonderful suggestions for packing and shipping books to other members. Our goal is to offer a simple solution that meets all the requirements of getting a book to another member at a low cost and with minimal effort. Our patent-pending labeled book wrapper meets these needs. We’ve had thousands and thousands of books successfully shipped through the system. However, some of our wonderful members have come up with various ideas and suggestions for wrapping and shipping a book safely. We thought we’d share some of these ideas with you:
Some members are beginning to wrap books in saran wrap before wrapping them in the club’s paper book wrappers. This really helps to prevent water from damaging the book while in transit. We think that this is a great idea and encourage you to try it!
Brown paper grocery bags are made of sturdy paper. As an alternative to the wrapper, some members have chosen to wrap books with these bags. The address label can be taped to the front of the bag, or the address information can be hand written.
Also, some members like to purchase bubble wrappers or other types of envelopes. There is no problem with doing this as long as you tape the printed "mail to" address on the outside.
It is very important to have the proper return address and Request ID on the label. This information is needed when there are problems with the shipment of a book. Please remember to include these on the package.
Please also keep in mind that lickable stamps sometimes do not hold up well, especially on top of tape applied to the book wrapper. PLEASE USE SELF ADHESIVE STAMPS. Be sure to place stamps on the book wrapper AFTER taping the book for shipment. If tape is on top of the stamps, the USPS will not mail the item because they have no ability to mark the stamps “cancelled”.
We highly recommend clear packing tape to cover the wrapper, as it holds up wonderfully. However, some members have gotten too liberal with their tape and used it to tape the wrapper to the cover of the book. This causes the book cover to become damaged when unwrapping the book. Please use ONLY one small piece of scotch tape to secure the wrapper in place before wrapping the book. Then you can use clear packing tape for the rest of the job.
We will continue to share ideas with you as they are offered. Thank you in advance for wraping all your books with care!
Who Knew PMS Could Feel So Good!
We’ve heard stories of how the Personal Message service has forged friendships, brought together people with common interests in books and created opportunities to share thoughts with other book lovers. By offering the Personal Message feature, we’ve created an environment where you can continue to grow closer and closer to book club members that we like to call “family”.
The Personal Message service is also a great way to promote your bookshelf. Many times someone orders a book from a member and begins corresponding with them to find that they have many more books of interest for them to enjoy. The two members can even enjoy discussing their mutually read books.
Just think of all the smiles that appear daily as members read those wonderful little PMS notes. I don’t know about you, but I feel that sending thank yous is like spreading sunshine.
More Books = More Credits = More Books
Thanks Tony for sharing such a creative idea for earning credits. Be sure to view additional posts on this forum topic for more ideas.
Other ways to increase your chances of having books ordered from you include:
Discussion Forums – the forums offer an opportunity for members to get to know you and to see your name on the site. As you post your thoughts, others become more interested in you and want to know more about you and what books you have on your bookshelf. As interest peeks, so do book requests.
Public Profile – This is fast becoming THE way to get known in the club. And, the more visibility you have, the more chances you have to receive book requests. Be sure to reserve your profile name before all the good ones get taken. You’ll be glad you did.
Where in the World is Waldo . . . and Ralph . . . and Susie . . . and James . . .
In addition to tracking specific books, we’ve also plotted a map to show which cities in the United States have PaperBackSwap members. It’s amazing to see the growth of the club. We even have members in Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii. If you see an area without a dot, we challenge you to find a way to fill it with a new member.
As always, we encourage you to communicate with us whenever you have any ideas, suggestions or needs with the club. As of this evening, we proudly offer 59,551 titles, and with our members' help, we continue to stand on our belief that this is absolutely "The Best Book Club in America!"
Best Wishes and Happy Reading,