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Dear Members,

Quick, what comes into your mind when you hear "summer"?  Heat, camp, beach, vacation?  Our members are readers, so we know that some of you thought "BOOKS!"  You don't imagine just the heat - you see a hammock in the shade, with a glass of lemonade and a book.  When you think of summer camp for the kids, you hope for more reading time for Mom and Dad.  Your beach bag has at least one book in it.  And no matter how active your vacation may be, it wouldn't be vacation without an occasional peaceful hour devoted to reading.

And don't forget, this summer means a new way for you to get Book Credits for free!  As always, you can refer other members to the club and for each completed registration of an eligible account, you'll get a free Book Credit for yourself.  Now the Summer Referral Contest escalates the prize - the member with the most referrals each week gets 5 extra credits! There are also three prizes for the most referrals each month, and one big prize for the most referrals for the whole summer.  We have our first weekly winners of 5 Book Credits each already - is one of them you?  See below!

Welcome to Summer 2013! We think it will be a great one, don't you?

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

The perfect beach book - it's the holy grail!  These books are available to order in the club right now.

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  A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton.  You haven't read the beloved Kinsey Millhone detective series yet?  It's never too late to start!  There's nearly a whole alphabet waiting for you. Browse the whole series here.

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang   The amazing, absorbing and true memoir of a Chinese woman who chronicles the struggle of her grandmother, her mother, and herself to survive in a China torn apart by wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval, from 1907 to the present.

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen  Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy... Hoot is a Newbery Medal-winning beach read for your 9-12 year old!

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  Barefoot  by Elin Hilderbrand Three women arrive for summer on Nantucket, each bringing small children, unwieldy straw hats and the need to escape from something. Soon Josh, a local boy home from college, is acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures...
Newsletter image   The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart  "15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver." — Ruby Oliver has had a rough ten days. But don't worry -- Ruby lives to tell the tale.  And make more lists!  Reading level: Young Adult.

Beach reads hot off the presses!  Get them new, at deep discount in the PBS Market.

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Broken Harbor  by Tana French The fourth book from this author may be her best yet - featuring her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, and continuing the characters from the Dublin Murder Squad.

Hardcover Retail Price:  $27.95; in the PBS Market: $14.50+1 credit  (save 48%) or $18.40 (save 34%)
Paperback Retail Price: $16.00; in the PBS Market: $8.39+1 credit (save 48%) or $12.29 (save 23%)


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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power — this is the story of Thomas Cromwell in 1520s England, a heartbeat from disaster. Winner of the Mann Booker Prize - along with its sequel, which is also available in the Market.

Hardcover:  Retail Price: $32.00  In the Market: $16.59+1 credit (save 48%) or $20.49 (save 35%)
Paperback: Retail Price: $16.00  In the Market: $8.39+1 credit (save 47%) or $12.29 (save 23%)
Audio CD: Retail Price: $49.99 In the Market: $25.99+1 credit (save 48%) or $29.89 (save 40%)
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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin  You haven't been living under a rock, have you? Oh, good, then you have heard of the ragingly popular cycle of books that's been made into an HBO series.  Already hailed as a classic, these books are destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. Get the first book in the series -- and don't forget the sunblock!

Hardcover :  Retail Price: $35.00  In the Market: $18.19+1 credit (save 48%) or $22.09 (save 36%)
Paperback: Retail Price: $18.00 In the Market: $9.39+1 credit (save 47%) or $13.29 (save 26%)
Mass-Market Paperback: Retail Price: $9.99 In the Market: $5.30+1 credit (save 46%) or $9.20 (save 7%)

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North of Montana by April SmithAfter Ana Grey pulls off the most amazing arrest of the year, the squad supervisor --who doesn't like irreverent, tough-minded young women--gives her a reprimand instead of the promotion she deserves. As a test, she is assigned a high-profile case... See other April Smith thrillers, all available in the Market.

Retail Price: $15.95
In the Market (Paperback): $8.39+1 credit (save 47%) or $12.29 (save 23%)
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A Place at the Table  by Susan Rebecca White  A rich, beautiful novel about three unlikely, complex characters who meet in a chic Manhattan café and realize they must sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity, fulfillment, and love.

Retail Price: $25.00
In the PBS Market  (Hardcover): $12.99+1 credit (save 48%) or $16.89 (save 32%)
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt  This striking literary debut unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them.

Hardcover Retail Price:  $25.00; in the PBS Market: $12.99+1 credit (save 48%) or $16.89 (save 32%)
Paperback Retail Price: $15.00 in the PBS Market: $7.89+1 credit (save 47%) or $11.79 (save 21%)



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 Drumroll please....!  We have our first WoW (Winner of the Week) winners in the Summer 2013 Referral Contest. Brenda M is the winner for the week ending June 10th, and Dan L (loeb) is the winner for the week ending June 17th. Each of them has gotten 5 free Book Credits!  Remember that there will be a new WoW each week and three WoMs (Winners of the Month) at the end of each month, as well as a Grand Winner for the whole summer.  The more you spread the word about the club, the more likely you will be to win!  Read more about the contest here.

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 Get a jump on the school year!  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!

Newsletter image MABs Are Fab!  We know that some of you have been stocking up on books for summer - the Member Appreciation Books have been really popular.  Some members have explained to us what they do with MABs - they spend shipping and a book credit to get a NEW wished-for book; then they get to read it and repost it, earning the credit back.  If you want to participate in that win-win strategy too, remember that you can see which MABs are Wish Listed by checking the box next to "Show only wishlisted MABs" at the top of the MABs list.  Read more about MABs in the Help Center.

Would you make a good Ambassador?  If so, you should consider volunteering as a Tour Guide for PaperBackSwap! Tour Guides are experienced, patient 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 - you just need to be willing to use the Help Center to find information, and 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.

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Savings are just a click away....National Brands Coupons offers you hundreds of printable manufacturer's coupons every week, as well as links to coupon codes, discount gifts, and other money-saving opportunities. It's free to print out coupons for products you already buy.  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 is planning their next meetup, and talking about participating in the 2014 cruise!  Check out the forum topic to get involved.

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD) is discussing their next meetup and playing some bookswapping games 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 June 23, and the book is The Poisonwood Bible. Check out their facebook page! Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  will be meeting next on June 30 at 4 PM to discuss Cane River. 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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Richard C. (Richard-luvs-Reading)

Richard has been a member since 2006, and he's swapped hundreds of books. He's a Data Collection and Book Image Collection volunteer, and an avid player in the Games forum. He has a lot of fans there!  Members wrote in to nominate Richard, saying things like:

"...you can always count on Richard to post a selection of great books, and to host some of the most entertaining, games we have. He has a generous spirit that is a credit to the site."

"His efforts in the game forum to help all of us have a great game are unmatched."

Richard, it's obvious that PBS luvs YOU!  You are Member of the Month for June.  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 -  School's out, and I have so many books that I am sure someone else would like to use!  But they have writing and highlighting in them, and the rules I see when I post books says that writing and highlighting are not allowed.  Is there a way to swap these books here, or am I out of luck?  -   Martha in Maine

Dear Mame,

You're not out of luck!  Even though the rules for book condition exclude writing, highlighting and underlining on text pages, there is a way to swap such books here - under the "textbook exception." (There is also a "travel guide exception" and a "cookbook exception".)  To swap an item under one of these exceptions, just post it normally and then send a Personal Message to the requestor describing the book's condition.  You have to receive a reply Personal Message consenting to the condition before you can mail.  And don't fret about the definition of a textbook - if you used it for a class it can be considered a textbook, and as long as you follow the procedure above, you will never send a "surprise"-condition book. You can read more about this in the Help Center - search there under "textbook" to find all the details.  The full description of book condition rules for the club are here in the Help Center, and are accessible from the Need Help? tab on the upper right of the Post Books page, for easy access while posting books.  And of course if you as a requestor don't want to receive even textbooks with markings or highlighting you can use the Requestor Conditions feature to stipulate that. Be sure to read the Help information about using the RC feature, so that you don't miss out on books you DO want.

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