Dear Members,

We want to get 2014 off on the right foot, by sharing some very important advice with you - read the PaperBackSwap Blog!  It has awesome stuff that you will not find anywhere else. For example: VickyJo's current series on Read the Book Before You See the Movie - so many books are coming out as movies in 2014 that you better start now if you want to read the books before they hit the big screen.  The Blog runs thoughtful and insightful member book reviews, hosts book giveaways, author interviews and more. Seriously, if you are not reading the Blog, you are missing out.  Bookmark it in your browser and check it out - you will be glad you did.

In other January news - the weather continues to be crazy in much of the country, with extreme day to day temperature fluctuations, the Polar Vortex, and now the menacing-sounding Bombogenesis.  Clearly Mother Nature has some issues to work out. We recommend tucking up inside as much as possible, with a stash of good books.  If your To Be Read pile has eroded - or the books in the pile are just not appealing to you right now - remember that there are millions of books available for swapping in the club (and more being added all the time), and a huge variety of new books for purchase at low prices in our Market. Don't forget the Spotlight email, our focus on savings that showcases some of the Market's best bargains. Since you can swap the new books after reading them, it's a total win-win.

If you are in Hawaii, please stop gloating! :) And we hope that everyone will please take a moment to send up a kind thought for the dedicated souls who bring your mail to you - they really don't get as much appreciation (or hot chocolate) as they deserve.

We hope you are all staying safe and warm,

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Think warm thoughts - these books, available to request now, will help!

  Red Hot Lies by Laura Caldwell  Izzy McNeil, a sassy and successful redheaded lawyer from Chicago, is alarmed when her fiance vanishes along with $30 million in land bonds She know he didn't steal the money, but...where is he? ... read more.


Hot Water by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons  Yes, THAT Erin Brockovich.  AJ Palladino has her hands full when she travels to investigating a nuclear accident; what she doesn't foresee is her family coming apart at the seams in her absence—and her young son disappearing. read more


Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener  An oldie but a goodie, Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection about passion and war in a tropical setting is a must-read for fans of historical fiction read more

  Chocolate for a Woman's Soul : 77 Stories to Feed Your Spirit and Warm Your Heart by Kay Allenbaugh  Written by and for women, here are heartfelt insights on most personal experiences -- funny, poignant, powerful, and uplifting -- that will inspire you... read more.
  Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven  by  Susan Richards Shreve  In 1950, at the height of the frightening childhood polio epidemic, 11-year-old Susan Richards Shreve was sent to the sanitarium at Warm Springs, Georgia... read more

Hot deals in the PBS Market !


All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg  Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have more

Hardcover Retail Price: $25.99
In the PBS Market: $2.89+1 credit (save 88%) or $6.79 (save 73%)



Hungry Girl 200 Under 200: Just Desserts! by Lisa Lillien  CALLING ALL DESSERT FANATICS: Get ready for an entire cookbook of decadent treats with under 200 calories each!.... read more

Paperback Retail Price: $19.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $3.39+1 credit (save 83%) or $7.29 (save 63%)

I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I"m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby  In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition more.

Paperback Retail Price: $14.99
In the PBS Market: $2.29+1 credit (save 84%) or $6.19 (save 58%)


Lethal (Large Print) by Sandra Brown  When her four-year-old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before... read more

Hardcover Retail Price: $28.99
In the PBS Market: $4.49+1 credit (save 84%) or $8.39 (save 71%)

And When She Was Good  by Laura Lippman  In the comfortable suburb where she lives, Heloise is just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams -- if you can afford her hourly fee.... read more

Hardcover Retail Price: $26.99
In the PBS Market: $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 72%)

Dare Me by Megan Abbott The high school cheerleading squad has a new coach: Colette French, perfect in every way. But soon there's a suspicious suicide in the school ... read more

Hardcover Retail Price:  $30.00
in the PBS Market: $3.49+1 credit (save 88%) or $7.39 (save 75%)



 Come sail away on the 10th Anniversary PaperBackSwap Cruise, October 26-November 2, 2014! Available to all PBS members and their guests. Leaving from Tampa, FL and going to Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Inside Cabins are $535 per person. Oceanview Cabins are $615 per person. Balcony Cabins are $835 per person.  Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at (404) 272-2972. For more details about the itinerary or to get information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, post in the Discussion Forum topic. Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.

Postal Rate Changes January 26, 2014. USPS will be changing postal rates on January 26th, 2014. Media Mail up to 1 lb (typical paperback) will cost $2.69 and between 1 and 2 lbs (typical hardcover) will cost $3.17.  First-Class rates will be less expensive for packages up to 5 ounces, but if you use Printable Postage the USPS discount will allow you to send packages of up to 8 ounces First Class for less than Media Mail rate. The new rates will go into effect at midnight Sat/Sunday 25th/26th, so Saturday printings will have the current rates, and Sunday printings will have the new rates. Don't forget to stock up on Forever Stamps for your first-class letters!

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!


PBS Local Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter had another in-person bookswap on January 18th! Check out the forum topic to get involved in the next one.

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD) will meet on January 25th in Silver Spring. For details, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  meets Sundays from 3-5pm. They've named their club ("Who Picked this Book?") and they even have an official logo and custom tote bags!  They'll be meeting Sunday, Feb 9th  at the Carrollton Josey Ranch library to discuss The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  Check out their facebook page! Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  is meeting Saturday, January 26th at 8:30 AM to discuss We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.  See the Chapter topic, 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 more than five years!  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 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.


Linda W.  (reacherfan1909)

Linda has been a member for almost five years and has over a thousand official swaps; she's very active in Games and has contributed to the PBS Blog.  In Games she apparently answers to: Groundhog, Le Grande Groundhougoue, RF, ROUS (rodent of unusual size), hoggie, "that damn rodent", marmot, and more... She is a swapper of many names!  The nominations from Gamers were effusive:

"Linda adds color and excitement to every game that she participates, which is a lot of them. She entertains with humorous imagination. Well loved and respected among us all in games forum, she puts the best books in games, ones that cater to people's reading interests and is a most generous sharer of books!"

"Her additions in the swaps are so creative and entertaining - she gives us all a laugh and we look forward to everything she posts!"

Linda, you've "hogged up" a lot of love from Gamers. You are Member of the Month for January.  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 just went to buy some PBS Money to send a book with Printable Postage, and I was surprised to see a 50 cent Kiosk Transaction Fee listed in the cart before I checked out. You're already charging a fee for printing postage; why 50 more cents on top of that?  I like using PBS Printable Postage to mail from home!  Has this fee always been there? -- Confused in Colesville

Dear Coco,

The fee was just re-introduced a week ago.  We had eliminated it for a couple of years, but we had to bring it back, unfortunately. We are charged pretty significant fees by PayPal - PayPal handles all of our Kiosk transactions (credit/debit card payments as well as PayPal accounts).  Providing the Kiosk has been costing us so much in fees that something needed to be done. 

The good news is that the fee is a FLAT fee - so it doesn't matter how much is in your Cart at checkout, the fee will always be 50 cents. For members who use Printable Postage or PBS Delivery Confirmation, that means it makes much more sense to buy PBS Money less often, in larger amounts.  Loading your PBS Money account with 10 or 20 dollars at a time will allow you to print more than one wrapper before having to "reload", reducing the cost in fees per wrapper.  Of course, the fee is not applied when you use PBS Money as your payment method for checkout - only when you use Credit/Debit or PayPal. 

There is no membership fee (members don't pay for club membership) and no monthly printable postage subscription fee like other printable postage providers charge, so the Kiosk transaction "flat fee" (the same 50 cents no matter how much or how little is purchased) is the only way for us to continue providing the Kiosk. We are sorry about that!

Dear Librarian -  I love the Spotlight!  Can you do a version for audio books only?  -- Inquiring in Indiana

Dear Indy,

We're glad you are enjoying the Spotlight, our weekly email showcasing amazing bargains in our Market. Spotlight books are on Wish Lists in the club, are less expensive than Amazon, and ship within 3-5 business days. We have had many requests for more Spotlights, particularly ones that are genre-focused.  We do hope to make that available soon!  Stay tuned.

 The Last Word:

  • 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!