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Dear Members,

You probably know some people who would love swapping books, but you haven't told them about PaperBackSwap yet.  Your bookish brother-in-law; that woman in the library who is always carrying a stack of books to the checkout counter; your neighbor whom you always see reading; your co-worker who sometimes asks you for book recommendations.  You haven't mentioned PaperBackSwap to them yet. Maybe it's slipped your mind, or you didn't know how easy it is to print out referral bookmarks or business cards to pass along the information.  Or maybe you DO know about all that, and you also know there is a program to reward members for each eligible referral, but you still haven't gotten around to it.

Well, it's good you've waited, because now is the perfect time to help them out by sharing PaperBackSwap with them.  Why now? Because of the Summer 2013 Referral Rewards Contest!

The rules are easy: the member who refers the most active members wins! There will be multiple chances to win, all summer long. There will be weekly 5-Book Credit prizes, monthly 3, 5 or 10 Book Credit prizes, and if you are the top referrer for the whole summer (from now until Sept 1, 2013) you will get 25 Book Credits! To count as an active referral, the referred member must complete registration (= provide a legitimate name, email and mailing address), must activate the account (= post at least 10 books in his/her possession that s/he will share with the club), and must be in compliance with our Terms of Use.  (Yes, that means no signing up your dog or your imaginary friends.)   See this Help doc in the Help Center for a detailed explanation, including Tips for Referrers to help you get underway.  New members bring so much to the club - not only more books, but also fresh voices to our Discussion Forums and Local Chapters, and always the possibility of new friendships. We hope to welcome many new book-lovers to the club this summer!

Good luck, and good reading!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Which is better, book or movie? You decide! These books are available to order in the club right now.

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  One Shot by Lee Child.  Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.  Movie released December 2012.

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Carrie by Stephen King   Yes, the 1976 classic is being re-made with 21st century technology.  If you haven't read it yet, don't miss out!  The chilling tale of the shy, telekinetic teenage girl will keep you up at night.  Projected movie release date: October 18, 2013.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks   When a young woman escaping her past moves to a small North Carolina town and falls for a loving widowed father, he heals her heart and helps her escape the danger that threatens her.   Movie directed by Lasse Hallstrom; released February 14, 2013.

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  The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien Okay, you've already seen the movie five times.  But have you read the book in a while? Go back to where it all began.  Released December 2012.
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  Paranoia by Joseph FinderAdam Cassidy, a junior staffer at Wyatt Telecom, suddenly finds himself a corporate superstar. Overnight, he's got a sweet new Porsche and a closet full of $1,500 suits. But Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia...everyone is out to get him. Projected movie release date: October 4, 2013.

Read the book before seeing the movie!  Get the books the movies were based on, at deep discount in the PBS Market.

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Ender's Game  by Orson Scott Card. In a world where child geniuses are bred and trained as soldiers, a brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, stands out from the rest.  Is he the general who will save the Earth?  Projected movie release date: November 1, 2013

Hardcover Retail Price:  $18.99; in the PBS Market: $9.89+1 credit (save 47%) or $13.79 (save 27%)
Paperback Retail Price: $14.99; in the PBS Market: $7.89+1 credit (save 47%) or $11.79 (save 21%)
Audio CD Retail Price: $39.95; in the PBS Market: $20.99+1 credit (save 47%) or $24.89 (save 37%)


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The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant  Based on the true story of the author's grandfather and two granduncles, roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Virginia during Prohibition,The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder.  Movie release date: August 31, 2012.

Retail Price: $16.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $8.39+1 credit (save 47%) or $12.29 (save 23%)
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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare  When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life. Get all three books in the Mortal Instruments trilogy together in one boxed set. City of Bones projected movie release date: August 23, 2013

Hardcover:  Retail Price: $99.99  In the Market: $51.79+1 credit (save 48%) or $55.69 (save 44%)
Paperback: Retail Price: $38.99  In the Market: $20.29+1 credit (save 47%) or $24.19 (save 37%)

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Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara LeverittThe guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state -- even upheld on appeal. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt unravels the story burst open by two HBO documentaries, that will soon be made into a feature film directed by Atom Egoyan. Projected release date: October 24, 2013.

Retail Price: $16.00
In the Market (Paperback): $8.39+1 credit (save 47%) or $12.29 (save 23%)
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How I Live Now  by Meg Rosoff  Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives; the next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.  As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. A riveting and astonishing story. Projected movie release date: August 9, 2013 (UK).

Retail Price: $8.99
In the PBS Market  (Paperback): $4.79+1 credit (save 46%) or $8.69 (save 3%)
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World War Z; An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks  A "future history" of the Zombie War.  Projected movie release date: June 21, 2013

Hardcover Retail Price:  $26.00; in the PBS Market: $13.49+1 credit (save 48%) or $17.39 (save 33%)
Paperback Retail Price: $14.95 in the PBS Market: $7.79+1 credit (save 47%) or $11.69 (save 21%)
Audio CD Retail Price: $14.99; in the PBS Market$7.89+1 credit (save 47%) or $11.79 (save 21%)



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 Great news for teachers and students!  We'll be launching School Book Sales soon, our new site to allow teachers to obtain classroom books at the lowest possible cost. Because of our relationship with vendors (established by new-book purchases for the PaperBackSwap Market) we are able to take advantage of bulk discount book purchases. We hope that this will help to get more books into the hands of young readers. If you are an educator, Submit your contact information to be notified when the site launches - you can also opt to be a beta tester for the site. Be sure to spread the word to any teachers you know!

Mailing on the Fly -  Now you can mark books mailed from your mobile device!  PBS Mobile is a stripped-down version of the site that you can access from your phone or tablet. The new "Mark Mailed" button will let you mark outgoing books mailed! No need to go back to your computer after mailing - just log in on the go, and mark mailed.  PBS Mobile is accessible from the link at the top left of your mobile browser when you use it to visit the PaperBackSwap homepage.  Read more about PBS Mobile in the Help Center.

Want to volunteer for PaperBackSwap?  We are currently seeking members who would like to be Tour Guides. Tour Guides are experienced and friendly members who assist other members in using the site. To be eligible, you must have been a member at least 3 months and have a Public Profile (that is set to be publicly viewable). You don't need to know everything about the site (the information members ask for is usually easily found in the Help Center), but it is important to keep up with site changes by checking into the private Tour Guide Lounge regularly. Tour Guides do so much to keep the club experience positive and fun - and Tour Guides have a lot of fun too!  If you would like to be apply to be a Tour Guide, please contact us by sending in feedback.

PaperBackSwap 10th Anniversary Celebration Cruise! Join your PaperBackSwap Tour Guides October 19-26, 2014 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of PaperBackSwap. We will be sailing on the Norwegian Sun leaving out of Tampa, Florida.  PBS members and family/friends are welcome! Our exciting stops will include Roatan, Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise2014@outlook.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic. Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.

Beware the Malware.  We've gotten some complaints from members that "surveys" have popped up when they are on the PaperBackSwap site.  We have nothing to do with those!  They're the work of malware (=unwelcome software installed on your hard drive).  You can get "infected" with malware many ways - for example, by clicking a fake "See who unfriended you!" link on facebook. If you have malware on your computer, you should disinfect your hard drive; to prevent getting malware, you should (1) keep your browser updated - updates often include security measures and (2) be careful where you click!  Remember that PaperBackSwap does not show popup surveys or ads; if you are unsure of anything you see on our site or in a PaperBackSwap email, you can contact us to check it out.

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Money makes the world go 'round....so save some, and keep the world spinning!  National Brands Coupons has been very popular with members. The site offers you hundreds of printable manufacturer's coupons every week, as well as links to coupon codes, discount gifts, and other money-saving opportunities. Print out coupons for products you already buy.  Who doesn't want to pay less? Using National Brands Coupons helps to support the club, while saving you money!


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PBS Local Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter met on April 30th - they had a great time talking and swapping books and even had door prizes!  Check out the forum topic to get involved in the next meeting!

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD) is planning a meetup on May 19th in the Baltimore area - but stay tuned! It looks like there's been a new suggestion for the location. For details, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  has their books and meetups planned almost through the end of the year!  They meet Sundays  from 3-5pm. The next meeting is May 19, and the book is Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Check out their facebook page! Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  will be meeting next on 10:30 AM on Sunday, May 19th, to discuss The Great Gatsby, and after the discussion they'll be going to see the movie! They have their books chosen through September.  See the Chapter topic for the list, and check out their facebook page! Contact lisaparks for location and more information.

The Charlotte, NC Metro Area Chapter meets monthly, usually the first Monday of every month - they've been meeting regularly for four years!  See their upcoming schedule of events here. Contact Kimberly (KimberlyN) for details, and to get on their e-vite list.

The Northern Virginia Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month, usually in western Fairfax County.  For more information, contact Aubrey H (Bookpurrsn).

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 enthusiasm!  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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Danny N. (Alameda)

Danny is one of the pillars of PaperBackSwap. He has been swapping since 2007, and he has been at the top of the Top 100 Swappers list most of that time!  (He was recently "deposed" by Winston C, and Danny handled that very graciously.)  The record of official swaps that Danny has conducted only scratches the surface, really - Danny is one of our Book Bazaar-ites and makes a lot of "deals" for extra books in his swaps.  So many books have been re-homed because of Danny, and so many readers have been thrilled by the arrival of that next great read in a package from Danny.  He adopted 2 schools in our Adopt a School program, and has generously given credits to Friends of PaperBackSwap.  He does not miss any opportunity to support the club, and he does it all cheerfully and humbly, without fanfare. 

Danny, you are a book-swapping club all on your own!  We salute your enormous industry and your obvious passion for books, and we thank you for all you have contributed to PaperBackSwap.  You are Member of the Month for May.  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 and the request had this Requestor Condition on it - "No books from a smoking home, and no musty-smelling books."  Well, we don't smoke in my home, but I got this book from a used bookstore  - so who knows if it's ever been in a smoking home?  It doesn't smell like smoke to me, and it doesn't smell musty either, but I have a suspicion that my sense of smell isn't too good -- people sometimes comment about smells (perfume or cooking odors) that I don't even notice.  So maybe the book reeks and I don't know it!  What should I do?  Should I send the book? What if she says it smells like smoke or that it's musty? What if I click "Does not meet conditions" on the request?  Would I be lying?  Would I get in trouble with the club if I decline the request? I want to share my book (it was so good!), but I don't know if it does meet her conditions. Should I have someone else smell the book for me? And I can't see any way to contact the requestor about this!  Why are you torturing me?  ARGHHHHH!  - Anne in Arlington

Dear Antsy,

Don't worry! You won't get in trouble if you click "Book Does Not Meet Conditions" - even if it does meet the conditions.  Senders are not penalized for declining requests with special conditions (RCs), for any reason.  We think that keeps things fair - members can specify extra stipulations, but other members don't have to accept those requests.  That way the club is "big enough" for both groups: those who use RCs, and those who don't want to bother with them.  Some members want to use RCs and that's fine! But other members don't want to devote the extra energy to figuring out if their books meet specific members' extra criteria, and that's fine too.

You are right - there isn't a way for senders to communicate with requestors without accepting the request.  We designed things that way purposely, so that RCs do not result in protracted discussions about every swap.  We wanted to make RCs available to those who need that feature, but we didn't want RCs to complicate the swapping process.  So the requestor needs to make her extra conditions clear, and you have to decide if your book meets those criteria without additional information from the requestor.

You are also right when you say that sense of smell can really vary between individuals, and that you don't know the specifics of the households in which your used book has been before it came to you. If as you say you suspect that your own sense of smell might not be less acute than average, you are wise to consider that it may not be as acute as the other member's.  If she is specifying that she does not want smelly books, she probably has a good sense of smell.  If you think you might not be the best judge of a book's smokiness or mustiness, you can either simply decline the request.  You could have someone else smell the book for you, but that still does not guarantee that your "tester" has as keen a sense of smell as the requestor. 

Members who really have issues with smoky or musty books will not mind if you decline their requests - in fact, they should be grateful for your conscientiousness, and your reluctance to send them a book that will not be welcomed by them.  It's probably best to decide on a policy for conditions that involve smell, and apply it to all requests that ask you to stipulate to the absence of odor.  That way you don't have to agonize like this every time!  So, for example, if a request says "Please no books that are currently in a smoking home" you can accept that request (since your home is nonsmoking), but if it asks "Please no smoky or smelly books" you should decline, to be sure you don't send a book that is not welcomed by the other member. 

Dear Librarian -  I wanted to share a helpful tip with the club.  Recently I sent a book out and the outer paper wrapping tore open and got separated from the book. But the book still got delivered!  That's because when I wrap my books I use a layer of clear plastic wrap to protect them against weather.  I got into the habit of tucking page 2 of the wrapper (the page that has the receiver's name and address on it) under the plastic wrap, so it is next to the book and held there by (and easily readable through) the wrap. That way if a book gets loose from the packaging (those USPS machines can be hungry!), it still has the address on it and can still get to its destination. - Susan in PA

Dear SPA,

Excellent suggestion!  Remember that if you don't use plastic wrap (or if the requestor asks that you not use it) you can always tuck page 2 between the pages of the book,or just inside the front cover.  This has gotten "naked" books delivered in the past.  USPS does a superb job, but machines can mangle even the best-wrapped package.  Thanks for the tip!  Keep in mind that you can share helpful hints like this in our Discussion Forums (accessible under Community at the top of any page on the site); many members will see your post, and you may save more than one book from being lost!

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