As we were readying the Newsletter for this month, we heard the news.
His inspiring speech in 2005 expressed his conviction that the certainty of death was the greatest incentive to living - let's all keep that in mind, and plunge into our own lives with renewed vigor. Let's do what we love and love what we do.
We extend our thanks to all of you, who make PaperBackSwap fun for all of us.
Have a wonderful October,
The PaperBackSwap Team
Try one of these scaaaaary tales to get your Hallowe'en on - all are available to order right now!
Hot off the presses! Try one of these newly published books, available in the PBS Market.
Our next Books for Schools Campaign is right around the corner! This will be our third consecutive year, and we are excited to kick things off November 16th. We have chosen deserving elementary schools all around the country from the very many nominations sent in by our members (thank you!), and during the campaign PBS Members can donate credits toward each school's book goal. Once that goal is met, we turn those credits into new books! The schools use these new, early reader books to fill classroom libraries, as incentives for reading programs, or as gifts to students who have rarely had books to call their own. Read about last year's program here. You can nominate a school here. If you nominate a school, please make sure you have spoken to the principal and he or she is aware of our program. Last year we gave away 30,000 new books...can we do it again this time?
SALE in the Kiosk... Save with the CouponMom! You can change the way you shop and the way you save with the wildly popular book Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom - available now for just $4.00 (postage-paid) in our Kiosk! The book is $2.00, the shipping is $2.00 - it'll pay for itself with your first shopping trip. You can read more about the book here.
Winners of the Summer Blog Contest! It was a hard decision but we have a tie: SassenachD's photo of her and Nellie wearing PBS Tshirts at Nellie's bachelorette party in Phoenix, Arizona, and ceebeegeebee's photo with his family (and PBS T shirt) at a NJ Balloon Fest. Both entries have won 10 Book Credits and $5 in PBS Money! You can get the Tshirt in the Kiosk and see the pics in the blog, and remember to keep an eye on the blog for more contests - if you subscribe to the RSS feed, you won't miss them - or the Book Grab Giveaways starting soon (see below). Thanks to all who sent photos in!
Gold Key Membership is getting rave reviews! We're glad that so many of you have found the Gold Key features to be useful - we appreciate all of your feedback about it. Teachers and book clubs are using the Multi-Copy Requesting feature, members are enjoying being able to search their Friends' Bookshelves and Wish Lists, and of course the extra 100 spaces on the Wish List are coming in very handy. If you haven't checked out Gold Key yet, read about it in the Kiosk - it's only $12.99 for the entire year.
PBS Local Chapter News
New Chapter Leader:
The North Texas Chapter will be having a meeting on Sunday, October 16th at the Josey Ranch Library in Carrollton at 3 PM to discuss Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by . Check out their Book Club Meeting facebook page! Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. Future meetings: Sunday, November 13th at 3 PM, at Panera's in North Arlington to discuss Just One Of The Guys by and Sunday, December 11th at a location TBD to discuss The Stupidest Angel and do a cookie exchange.
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.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
D. G. (riahekans)
D. G. is an ardent Games player and a dedicated Tour Guide. We see her here, there and everywhere in the forums giving friendly, helpful answers to other members' questions about the site. We've been getting nominations for D. G. for a long time. What her fans said:
"She is a great swap hostess and runs fabulous reading challenges that really motivate players to read - and post! - books that have been on their TBR shelves for a long time. She is super organized, always responsive to questions, and her swaps are always fun to play.."
"I am a new Tour Guide and her posts in the Tour Guide Lounge really help me understand how to answer member questions."
"She's helped me as a tour guide and has great ideas in the games forum."
D. G., you're the bees' knees! You are Member of the Month for October. Congratulations!
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 - I requested a book and the other member told me in a Personal Message that she's out of town and can't mail it now. I understand, but why is the request still on my account page? How do I make sure that I can get the book from her when she gets back home, or is there someone else who has the book that I can order it from? --Puzzled in Provincetown
We're sorry that she didn't use the Vacation/Hold to "hide" her books while she's out of town. Since she forgot about that, your request was submitted to her. She should have clicked "I cannot mail" on the request. If she did that, the system would automatically pass your request to another member who has the book! You would not have to do anything, and you would not get any emails about this (we don't want to clutter up our members' email inboxes unnecessarily). It's possible that that already happened. You can check, by looking at the request on your My Account page. If you click the PM button on the request you will see the first name (and last initial) of the sender. If it's the same as the member who told you she can't send the book, then she does need to cancel it. This is easy to do - she just needs to click "I cannot mail" (if she never accepted the request) or "Cancel Order" (if she accepted) or contact us (using the feedback button on the Contact Us page on the site) to cancel if she marked it "mailed" already.
If the name that comes up when you click the PM button is a different name than the member who told you she can't mail, that means the system has already handled the request - she already canceled and the request was passed to a new sender.
If a member cancels and there aren't any other copies of the book in the system at the time, the book will go onto your Wish List - if it was already on your Wish List before it was offered to you, you'll go back in the same position and will get the next offer of the book.
When the other member comes back into town, she can simply repost the book to her account, and it will automatically be offered to you again if you aren't already getting it from someone else. So you don't have to worry about trying to get back in touch with her to get the book when she's back and able to send it. When she reposts it, the system will handle everything. We hope you're able to get the book soon, Vince! Don't forget to use the Vacation/Hold when you go out of town or can't send out books for a while - it keeps swapping moving smoothly for everyone!
The Last Word: