It's June, the month for Grads and Dads!
Congratulations to all of you who are graduating from anything
this month...and for those of you who aren't, here are some ways to
join the Class of 2008:
Graduate from Clutter.
Post those books you don't need anymore! If they were
textbooks, remember to read the textbook exception for
highlighting/underlining in the Help Center Book
Condition Guidelines. Get those books outta there
and on to someone else who needs/wants them, and make way for new
I-have-to-finish-it syndrome. If the book you are
reading is not your cup of tea, just close it and post it to your
PBS Bookshelf for swapping. Life's too short to finish a book
that you don't like (but someone else might enjoy), just because you
opened it. Free yourself! Getting a new book no longer
means buying another one: you can swap this one, and order something
Graduate from Where the
Heck is that Book? when one is requested from you.
Journal and your requests will show the physical space in your
house to which you have assigned the book, right on the request.
Graduate from Prime Time
Addiction. Come on, you know most of the stuff on TV
in the summer is the junk they can't sell any other time. Turn
it off, hide the remote, and dig into your TBR Pile!
Graduate from The Same Old Song. If
you haven't joined SwapaCD,
then you have to check it out this week! The changes
that are launching today will blow you away. No lie.
SwapaCD members, get ready for a whole new World o'Swap!
To all the Dads out there: we hope you have a great Father's Day,
with all those ties you don't need, barbecue accessories you don't
need, and ear-hair-trimmers you don't want to admit you need (but
ahem). Seriously, we know the presents don't matter; the
day is all about dads feeling appreciated for all they do, and have
done, to get kids ready to go out on their own in the world.
But take comfort, those of you who have kids graduating this month:
they don't ever really leave. They'll be back...with laundry.
Have a great June, everyone, and a happy Father's Day!
The PaperBackSwap Team
Wow, you really like the BookCovers! The
Bookcovers have been very popular in the store. We
hope you are finding them useful. The only size we're stocking
right now is the size for mass-market (small) paperbacks, but we do
plan to get more sizes and patterns soon.
Cloth Bookcover patterns available:
(Morning Glories, Stargazer, Book Lover, Bon
Voyage, Roses, Stained-glass Angels, Wine World)
PBS Local Chapter News:
Announcement for the Oklahoma Chapter--meetup for July
"The Oklahoma Chapter of PBS has an IRL
meeting set for July 28 at the
Barnes and Noble Bookstore on 540
Ed Noble Parkway in Norman OK (W of
I35 on frontage road) from
10-4. Check the Oklahoma tab under Local
Chapters in the
Discussion Forums for more info and updates. Hope to
there!" -- FranS,
Local Chapter Leader for OK.
New Local Chapter Leaders:
- co-leader of Central CA chapter
Barbara K -BKuchau-
North Central Florida (Suwanee/Columbia/Hamilton counties,
Kimberly D. -Punkin-
Hope D. -hopeydib
- Rockingham, NC
Pam J. -bugar-shaby-
Northeast TX (Lubbock area)
If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to
have a PBS NIckname and some organizational skills...check the Local
Chapter Leaders Forum List
of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local
Chapter. If not, and you want to do this, just contact
us. There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter
Leader. All of the information is in the Local
Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Melody L (achadamaia)
Here are some of the comments
we got with nominations for Melody:
"She is so much fun to follow in the forum
threads with her fresh ideas, good sense, humor and interesting bits
of trivia pulled from her travels on the internet. She ... always has
help or clues where to get info on a multitude of subjects. I
consider her a true friend."
"...She really keeps us on our toes in the
political arena. She's fab not only in the Current Events forum but
also in CMT. Sometimes I'd be lost without her!"
"She is always so friendly and level headed,
and she starts many interesting discussions."
"Melody is such a positive force at PBS.
Fun and funny, calm and kind...she adds something to every topic she
posts in. I love to see 'the dog' avatar on a post because I
know it will be something I'll be glad I read."
Melody, your posts in Forums seem to be music
to everyone's ears! You are our Member of the Month for June.
If you have any nominations for Member
of the Month, submit
them to us here. Your nomination will not "expire"--anyone
you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if
enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who
has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets
to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty
MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride. So go
for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great
swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS. We are keeping
a list of all the nominated members. Who knows--one of them
might be YOU!
Dear Librarian-- Why am I not getting my PBS emails?
I just got a "FINAL NOTICE" email to respond to a book
request...but that is the first email I got about this request!
And I missed a Wish List offer last week. What is happening?
--Out of touch in Ohio
If you look in your Club Communications file (linked from the top
of your My Account page) you will see that we have been sending the
emails to you. Your email provider may not be delivering
them, though. Sometimes this is because PBS emails are
being treated as spam. If you (or anyone who uses your same
email provider) clicks to mark a PBS email as spam, this will tell
that email provider that PBS emails should be blocked and not
delivered. Some people mark mail as spam as a way to
delete the email from their inbox! Yes, it's maddening, because
it affects not only their reception of PBS emails, but also yours, if
you use the same email provider they do.
Anyone who is having this trouble should add
"firstname.lastname@example.org" to his or her email address
book (or list of accepted email senders), and this should work
against the "spam-markers". If you have done this and
are still having trouble receiving PBS emails, you should contact
your email provider, and consider changing your email address on your
account to an alternate address until the matter is sorted out.
A reliable email connection is crucial to managing your PBS account,
and it is really frustrating when request notifications and Wish List
offers are missed because the emails we sent were not delivered. You
can read more in the Help doc If
you think you are not getting your PBS emails... in the Help
Dear Librarian--Why am I getting wrong books? First I
get a Wish List book that had the wrong ISBN on it. I wanted
one ISBN (it has the author's notes in the foreword that I want) but
someone sent me a totally different version of the book, with a
different ISBN on it. And another time, I got the wrong ISBN
and the member who sent it to me said she DID enter the ISBN
and she used the listing that came up on PBS. She swears
that's what she did. And another time a member sent me a
hardcover instead of a paperback. The ISBN on the book
DID match the listing of the book I requested, but the book was
hardcover and the listing said paperback! Is this a system
problem? --Disappointed in Duluth
No, it's not a system problem! The member who posts a book
using the listing for an ISBN that is not on the book is wrong to do
so. When posting a book, the ISBN, title, author and
binding type shown on the listing used must ALL match the book being
posted. But some members do strange things when
posting a book. The study of erroneous posting is known
as Posteology, and we are (sadly and involuntarily) experts on it. :)
Posteology defines wrong-book posters as species Postus
Erronatus, and there are several sub-species, distinguished by
These members match by title only. You can
find them searching the Club Wish List and clicking "post this
book" if the title on a listing matches the title of a book they
have. A box comes down asking them to confirm that the
ISBN matches, but they click past this to post the book.
That's how you get a Wish List offer for a book the member doesn't
actually have, and when the book arrives it has a different ISBN than
the one you wished for.
These members match title/author and cover image (but
don't match ISBN or binding type). They start
off okay: they enter the ISBN on the book they have. But then their
behavior abruptly becomes erratic: even though the Post Books screen
says that the ISBN, title, author and binding type must ALL
match, and that the cover image doesn't have to match,
they won't use the (correct) listing that comes up for the ISBN they
entered because the cover image does not match. They click one
of the alternate versions shown below the listing preview, and use
that listing to post their book, even though the ISBN (and sometimes
also the binding type) does not match the book they have.
That's how you get a book with a different ISBN on it than the one
you requested, and the member will insist that she entered the ISBN
on the book she had. Yes, she entered the ISBN on the book she
had--and that listing that she saw first would have been correct--but
she didn't use that listing. She passed it up to seek out and
use one with a matching cover image.
These members match ISBN and title/author, but not binding
type. They enter the ISBN on their book, check
the title and the author and then click Post The Above Book, even if
the binding type says Hardcover and the book they are holding is a
paperback. Their characteristic cry is "PBS is to blame!"
Sometimes the PBS listing is in error, actually (our
database is compiled elsewhere, and does have some errors)...BUT that
doesn't mean it's okay to use a listing with the wrong binding type
Most the time this is NOT a database error. This happens
when the publisher(s) re-used the ISBN when reprinting a book in a
different format. When that is the case, ONLY the binding type
on the listing at PBS can be posted with that ISBN: the "other"
format(s) need to be posted without an ISBN, so that the correct
binding type appears on the listing being used. To make the
distinction between publisher re-use of an ISBN and PBS database
error (and to figure out if the listing at PBS should be corrected),
the ISBN needs to be researched on an internet
search, and if there is NO evidence that more than one binding
was used for that ISBN, the ISBN can be submitted to us for
correction, as described in the Help doc "If
the information on a book listing in the database is incorrect..."
in the Help
Center. If a member matches only ISBN and
title/author, but does not match binding type, when he or she posts,
that is how the requestor can end up with the right ISBN but wrong
These members seek ISBNs to use to post their books
that don't have ISBNs at all! Some even go to other
databases on the internet to find these ISBNs to use with their
ISBN-less books. This takes a good amount of effort--far more than
using the Post a Book Without an ISBN feature which would work to
post the book properly. We find this behavior curious
indeed; it is not adaptive in the least, and is correlated with poor
longevity in the club.
There are other sub-species of Postus Erronatus, but the above are
the most common.
Posteology indicates strongly that all of these
sub-species will become extinct if all members follow the
instructions shown while posting a book (full instructions can also
be read in How to Post a Book in the Help Center), and if a member
runs into trouble posting a book, the Help doc Solutions to Common
Book Posting Problems in the Help Center will usually solve the
All kidding aside, Lulu, we know that members don't make these
mistakes on purpose when they post books. You need to follow
the instructions in the Help doc There
is a problem with a book I received if this happens. The
good news is that problem swaps are not as common at PBS as it might
seem to you if you happen to get a couple wrong books in a row.
Everyone should post their books properly, to make sure that when
a book is requested, that book is the one that is actually wanted!
There is no point in sending a wrong book--no one is happy when that