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Dear Members,

August means...doldrums...dog days...everyone lying low in the heat...nothing much happening...


We are happy to spice up your August by announcing Gold Key Membership, our brand-new package of features here at PaperBackSwap!  For a mere $12.99 a year you can access:

  • Directed Delivery  - When you request a book and multiple copies are available, the system will determine the most expedient way to get the book to you.  We take into account several factors to get your book to you as quickly as possible, putting special emphasis on the closest geographical location for “Greener swapping”!

  • Expanded Wish List - Can't fit all the books you're wishing for onto your Wish List? The basic member Wish List can hold 200 items. As a Gold Key member you can add 100 MORE items to your Wish List, up to a total of 300 items!

  • Friends Direct - What are friends for, if not to share books with? Gold Key Members can easily search all their PaperBackSwap Friends' Bookshelves to find books to request, and if you post a Wish List book that is on a Friend’s active Wish List, you will be shown a list of your friends who are currently wishing for the book, and you will be able to offer it directly to any of them (or to none of them, and offer it to the club in general)!

  • Multi-Copy Requesting - If you’ve ever wanted to order more than one copy of a particular book for your book club, classroom or reading group, this feature is for you!  As a Gold Key Member you can choose exactly the number of copies you need from the available books, and order them all simultaneously. No more ordering only one at a time!

In addition, Gold Key members enjoy one Courtesy Kiosk Transaction Fee per month (each fee = 50 cents, so that's up to $6.00 annual savings), and a nifty Gold Key badge on your member profile, identifying you as a Gold Key Member.

We hope you find this premium bundle of features useful.  We'd love to know what you think!

Happy August,

The PaperBackSwap Team

Try one of these tales to liven up the August heat - all are available to order right now!

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  We'll Meet Again by Mary Higgins ClarkReleased from prison nearly six years after the brutal murder of her husband, Molly Lasch reasserts her innocence to reporters, among them an old school friend, Fran Simmons, an investigative reporter and anchor for a true-crime show. Molly convinces Fran to research and produce a program on her husband's death, and soon learns more than she bargained for...  See other suspense books currently available for swapping.

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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes.  The widely published poet, gourmet chef and travel writer Frances Mayes opens the door to a voluptuous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside. What she shares with her readers is a feast for the senses as she explores the pastoral Italian landscape, history and cuisine.  See other Biographies and Memoirs currently available for swapping.

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Olive Kittredge  by Elizabeth Strout.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in stories binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life -- sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.  Browse other General Fiction books currently available for swapping.

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  The View from Saturday by E. L. KonigsburgIt was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School...and went on to win again and again.  This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.  Winner of the 1997 Newbery Medal.  Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.
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  Black Echo by  Michael ConnellyMeet LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthaw -- in the first book of the wildly popular series.  For Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal: the dead man was a fellow veteran who fought side by side with Bosch. Joining with an enigmatic female FBI agent, pitted against enemies within his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock himSee other highly-rated mystery books currently available for swapping.

Hot off the presses!  Try one of these newly published books, available in the PBS Market.

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Quicksilver by Amanda QuickVirginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. With no apparent way in or out, she's rescued by a man she's met only once before, but whom she won't soon forget.... Browse Paranormal Romance books currently available in the Market.  

Retail Price: $25.95
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $13.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $16.49 (save 36%)

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Jump  by Elisa Carbone  P.K. has taken a totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family into a life of total adventure, rock-climbing out west with a guy she barely knows. At first, everything's amazing. Then the cops show up with an arrest warrant for the amazing guy whom P.K. trusts with her life.... See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $8.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $4.59+1 credit (save 48%) or $7.99 (save 11%)
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Before I Go to Sleep  by S. J. WatsonEvery day, Christine's husband Ben is obligated to explain their life together, since a mysterious accident made Christine an amnesiac whose memory erases every night. Christine starts a journal on the advice of her doctor and one morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben."   See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $25.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $13.10+1 credit (save 49%) or $16.50 (save 36%)

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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner, an object. A Stolen Life is my story -- in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it. See more memoirs currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.99 (save 36%)
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand  by Helen SimonsonRetired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper. Brought together by a shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, they soon find their friendship on the cusp of blossoming into something more. Will the Major be forced to choose between the place he calls home and a future with Mrs. Ali?   Browse other General Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $15.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)
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Taste of Home Busy Family Favorites  by Taste of Home (Editors)  363 fast, flavorful meals that appeal to kids and adults in just 30 minutes. The easy-to-follow recipes use kitchen staples that are readily available in grocery stores, which is also a time-saver...no hunting around for specialty items. Just plan dinners for a week, write out the grocery list and shop once. You're set for a week, and you won't need to think about what to serve... See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Mark

Retail Price: $15.95
In the PBS Market  (Paperback): $3.59+1 credit (save 77%) or $6.99 (save 56%)


Blog Contest Winners.  Congratulations to those who won a free sneak-peek pass for two to an advance screening of the smash hit movie, the Help!  You can find the list of winners here in the PBS Blog.  Thanks again to Disney and Dreamworks for their generosity in making this possible.  And if you haven't read the book yet, snag one in the PBS Market!

Delayed gratification.  Ever get a Wish List offer you aren't ready to accept?  You don't have a credit or you're on book 3 of a series and the offer is for book 6? Ever wish you could click "Not Now" on an offer and defer it, without losing your place in line?  Well, now you can!  If you click the new Not Now button on a Wish List offer this will put the book back on your Wish List on hold, keeping your place in line. You can unHold the wish when you are ready to accept the next offer of the book. Read more about the Not Now button in the Help Center.

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My Very Own Book.  Thanks to all of those who donated credits to our Books for Schools campaign last autumn - part of those donations went to get 6000 new books for children, via My Very Own Book, a worthy nonprofit organization that runs reading incentive programs in elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods in North Texas.  PaperBackSwap was given an award as a Gold Supporter at MVOB's Second Annual Dinner, and some members of the Dallas-Fort Worth area PBS Local Chapter attended and sent this lovely photo below.  We plan to run another Books for Schools donation program before the end of this year, so stay tuned!    

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Above, from left to right: Cheryl W. (booincarrollton) with granddaughter Emily; Kathy H (HittAgg); Karen S. BoysMom (Chapter Leader); Carol E.

Tale of a book. The books from our Story Time for Soldiers-United Through Reading campaign are currently being shipped. Read a heartwarming story from the point of view of one of the books in the PBS Blog.  We plan to run another donation program before the end of the year - stay tuned!


There's still space for you on the first PaperbackSwap Cruise, February 4-9, 2012! This Carnival cruise is available to all PBS members and their guests; it will be sailing out of Jacksonville, Florida to the Bahamas. 5 days of fabulous fun!  Inside Cabins are $405 per person.  Oceanview Cabins are $439 per person. Oceanview cabins on the Carnival's Fascination are going fast, but there are plenty of interior cabins still available.  Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic.  Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.   And don't forget  your PBS Cruise T Shirt, available in the Kiosk. Snag one now, before they are all gone!



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PBS Local Chapter News

New Chapter Leader:

  • Robin C. -  bibliofiend60 - "Books Abroad" for FPO/APO/DPO members

The North Texas Chapter  will be having a meeting on Sunday September 18th, 2011 at 2:30 PM.  They'll be discussing The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information.

The Laveen Arizona Chapter will be meeting on Sunday September 18th, 2011 at 3 PM to discuss Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  Contact lisaparks for location/more information. 

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, 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.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


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James L. (JimiJam)

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JimiJam is well known to you in the Discussion Forums and in the PBS Blog. He is a Tour Guide and volunteers for Data Correction and Image Collection as well. He just passed his fourth "PBS-iversary" and we're so glad he joined the club!  We've heard from a number of members who are entertained and amused by his blog posts, as well as those grateful for his help as a Tour Guide.  If you like the snazzy typewriter icon, you can become a Blog Contributor also - just contact blog@paperbackswap.com to find out more.

What we heard about JimiJam: 

"He is always very helpful in the questions forum...An asset to PBS."

"He's done a great job [in] the blog and he is a fabulous tourguide."

"His posts on the blog are always articulate and thought provoking. His forum posts are helpful, and he's a delight to work with as a fellow tour guide!"

"He loves to read and he extends himself to help others - he is the very spirit of PBS!"

JimiJam, you jam at PBS! You are Member of the Month for August.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour 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 - I got a request for a book I don't have.  It's not a book I remember reading, and when I look at my account Bookshelf it isn't there in the list.  How did this happen? Is there a PBS poltergeist?  - Spooked in Saratoga

Dear Sara,

Don't worry!  The system isn't haunted.  The book was on your account Bookshelf when it was requested - it's not there now because it has been requested.  An active request takes the book from your account Bookshelf to your My Account page, and shows it in the request there.  If you have already clicked "I cannot mail" on the request, that removed the book from your account completely - so it won't be on your Bookshelf after you decline the request for it.

Members who have reported a "surprise" request to us in the past have found out that the book was either posted a while ago and then given away and not removed from the account Bookshelf list, or a spouse posted the book to the account Bookshelf, or it was a book given to the member who then posted it but did not read it (that's why it seemed unfamiliar).  Sometimes the problem is that the book is being stored in a different place from the usual "PBS books" location in the house. 

If you look at the pending request on your My Account page, you will see the date and time it was posted to your Bookshelf.  You can then go to your account Bookshelf and sort the list by Date >> Ascending, and see if there are other books in the list that were posted on the same date.  That will sometimes help find the book's location in the house - it's with the other books that were posted that day.

If you can't find the book you should click "I cannot mail" on the request.  This will remove the book from your account and will pass the requestor's request along to another member who has the book.  If you do happen to find the book in your house later, you can repost it if you want to offer it again for swapping.

This is a good opportunity, to look over your account Bookshelf and remove any items in the list that you no longer have. If we all keep our account Bookshelves up-to-date, it makes swapping move more quickly for everyone, and prevents the creepy sensation of poltergeists messing with your account Bookshelf.  Definitely a win-win.

The Last Word:

  • Newsletter image As always, don't forget to start your Amazon shopping from the link at the top of the PBS site - when you do this, a small percentage of your purchase amount comes to us.  So whenever (and whatever) you plan to purchase on Amazon, start from the Amazon link at the top of the PBS site. It's an easy, free way to support the club!
  • The  Summer Blog Contest  is still open..  it's not too late to submit your photos of PaperBackSwap Gear taken on your summer roamings.  Snap a photo of yourself with a PaperBackSwap hat, t-shirt, magnet, cup, totebag, etc - and then submit it to blog@paperbackswap.com by August 31, 2011. Be sure to tell us where in the world you are in the photo!  We'll select the 5 best photos of the bunch and the Grand Prize winner will win 10 Book Credits plus $5.00 PBS money - and the glory, of course!   Four runners-up will also each win 5 Book Credits.  Visit the Kiosk and see all the great PBS gear available to order!