Dear Members,

We have a little pop quiz for you!  Q: What is a terrific thing to get in the mail? A: We know you are thinking "A book from PaperBackSwap!" Well, true...BUT we think we can top even that.  We love hearing back from the elementary schools that participated in Books for Schools!  For those who are new to the club, Books for Schools is our yearly holiday donation program, in which we use member-donated credits and PBS Money to purchase and ship thousands of new books to needy elementary schools. As a result of December 2013's campaign, 25,000 new books were purchased and distributed.

Remember Standiford Elementary, in Modesto, CA? They're the school that told us  "...our library is the heart of our school for ALL of our students. Many students are unable to visit the county libraries, and our school library is their only place to borrow books. Our school budget for new books is almost zero, with only a small amount from the district which usually goes towards required books. The library's circulation is so high that many books are being held together by packing tape, and any new books coming in are from used book donations."

And Granby Elementary in Virginia? They're the school with the Listening Ears program, "through the SPCA where dogs of all shapes and sizes come in to listen to students read. It is designed to help both new and reluctant readers develop their reading skills." Budget cuts have affected so many of their literacy programs.

We were thrilled to hear from both of them, with photos!


From Standiford Elementary
Dear PBS Members,

Once again, we are so appreciative for all of the books you sent our school.  All of our children are thankful. You can see how happy you've made these kids.  :)

Thanks again!

Carrie Munroe
Standiford Elementary

Modesto, CA


From Granby Elementary
Granby Elementary distributed the donated books to our students.  They all left with two books each and huge smiles on their faces.  They were so excited to get them.  We would just like to say thank you to all the donators whether with credits or money.  It is a great program and we were truly grateful that we were lucky enough to be chosen to participate.

Thanks again,
Laura Gray
Math Specialist
PBS member


It may be corny, but we'll say it - there is nothing like the smile on a child's face. The cost of each smile: one Book Credit. Knowing that the smile is caused by a book? Priceless. 

Check out more pictures from the schools on the School Donations page - click the Completed Schools (2013) tab and then choose a specific school in the list.

Thanks for making Books for Schools 2013 a great success. We're so proud to be involved with such a generous group! 

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Used Books Currently Available for Swapping

~February's almost over - don't worry, the sun will be back soon.  In the meantime, grab a little sunshine from these books, available to request now!~


Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes  Frances Mayes -- widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer -- opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside ... read more.

Browse more currently-available books in Biographies and Memoirs


Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts Jude Murray flees America to re-evaluate her life; in Ireland she meets Aidan Gallagher, home from his travels and managing the local pub... The first book in the Irish Trilogy. more

Browse more currently-available books in Contemporary Romance


East of the Sun by Julia Gregson  It's 1928, and a ship leaving for Bombay is part of the "Fishing Fleet" — the name given to the legions of Englishwomen who sail to India each year in search of husbands, heedless of the life that awaits them...  read more

Browse more currently-available books in Historical Fiction


Black Sun's Daughter series: Books 1 and 2 by  M. L. N. Hanover  Books 1 and 2: Unclean Spirits and Darker AngelsIn a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules... read more.

Browse more currently-available books in Science Fiction >> Fantasy


City of the Sun  by  David Levien  12-year-old Jamie disappears on his suburban Indianapolis paper route one morning. Fourteen months later and with the police no closer to finding Jamie, PI Frank Behr discovers that Jamie's disappearance was no random grab... read more

Browse more currently-available books in Suspense

New Books Currently Available for Purchase

~There's warmth - and deep discounts - in the new books of the PBS Market !~


Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any more

Paperback Retail Price: $14.99
In the PBS Market: $7.89+1 credit (save 47%) or $11.79 (save 21%)

Browse more Suspense books in the Market


Summer: A User's Guide by Suzanne Brown  Get ready for summer; it will be here before you know it! Relearn lost skills, master the clambake, construct towering sand castles...this jam-packed guide to summer has everything you need... read more

Paperback Retail Price: $19.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.79+1 credit (save 86%) or $6.69 (save 66%)

Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert  From the late, beloved film critic. For the first and only time, he tells the full, dramatic story of his life and career.. more.

Paperback Retail Price: $15.99
In the PBS Market: $2.29+1 credit (save 85%) or $6.19 (save 61%)

Browse more Biography and Memoir books in the Market


Money to Burn (Larger Print) by James Grippando  On the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, Michael Cantella's life is on track: successful Wall Street career, beautiful new wife, piles of money. Until he logs into the computer and pulls up his biggest investment account: Zero balance. He tries another, and another. All of them zero. Someone has wiped him out. His only clue is a new e-mail message: Just as planned. xo xo... read more

Paperback Retail Price: $25.99
In the PBS Market: $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse more Thrillers in the Market

Black Sun's Daughter series - Books 1 - 5 by M. L. N. Hanover   All five books of the fantasy series: Unclean Spirits (Book 1), Darker Angels (Book 2), Vicious Grace (Book 3), Killing Rites (book 4) and Graveyard Child (Book 5) .... read more

Each book, Retail Price (Paperback): $15.00
Each book, in the PBS Market: $4.19+1 credit (save 72%) or $8.09 (save 46%)
Browse more Fantasy books in the Market

Fire it Up! 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything by Andrew Schloss, David Joachim Grilling season WILL come again. Get ready!  From the best-selling authors of Mastering the Grill comes the first grill book focused on ingredients. more

Paperback Retail Price: $24.95
in the PBS Market: $4.49+1 credit (save 82%) or $8.39 (save 66%)
Browse more Cookbooks in the Market


Cabins are going fast for 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.

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PBS Local Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter is planning their next meetup! Check out the forum topic to get involved.

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD) will meet on March 29th. For details, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  is meeting March 2nd, and author Rachael Caine will be speaking and taking questions! Check out their facebook page! The 2014 schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  is meeting Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 PM to discuss Divergent by Veronica Roth.  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 will be meeting at the Chantilly Regional Library on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM .  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.


Paula N (panick)

Paula joined PaperBackSwap in 2006, and since then has sent out over 700 books without a problem reported!  She could be celebrated for her excellent swapping alone...but she doesn't stop there.  Paula has dedicated herself to improving the site as a volunteer Data Correction Approver and Book Image Approver.  You may have Paula to thank, the next time a book listing helps you to decide whether or not to request that book! She's definitely an outstanding contributor to the club behind the scenes; and she's also gotten a lot of nominations over her years from members who say she's simply a joy to know.

In swapping, volunteering and just plain being nice - Paula, you're the trifecta! You are Member of the Month for February.  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 accepted a book request, and started to snow. My mailing date is tomorrow, but we're snowed in!  I got the email reminding me to mark the book mailed from my account page or the transaction will cancel.  Can I change the mail-by date? Will I still get credit if I mail after the transaction cancels? - Snowbound Outside Salem

Dear SOS,

Don't worry!  Other members understand that weather happens.  Safety is your first concern, of course.  The deadline to mark mailed can't be changed in the system once it has been assigned, BUT you can contact the other member and make sure it's OK if the book is mailed a little late (it should be!). Use the PM button on the transaction to let the other member know you'd like to mark the book "mailed" to prevent the cancellation but you won't be mailing for a few days after that, and asking if that's OK with her. If she agrees (and she should! she's probably snowed in too), you can mark mailed to prevent the cancellation, even though you haven't mailed yet. If she responds that she'd prefer you canceled the transaction instead of mailing late, you can let the transaction cancel and repost the book to offer it again when the snow is clear.  The Help doc "Can I send a book later?" in the Help Center has more information about this question. It's not OK to mark books "mailed" before mailing as a habit - but everyone needs to be a little flexible when the weather gets crazy! 

You shouldn't mail after a transaction cancels, since the system will pass the request along to another member if there are other copies available in the club. If a transaction cancels before you mail the book, just repost the book when you can send it. If the other member isn't getting a copy from someone else, yours will be offered to her again.

Stay safe, SOS...maybe you can make a dent in your TBR Pile while the kids are out building snowmen!

 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!