Dear Members,

So many of you have asked when our school donation program will launch again - we're happy to announce that Books for Schools 2014 is now live!

Each year PaperBackSwap, through our generous members, donates brand-new books to selected deserving elementary schools across the country. The goal of the program is to provide children with books that they can read for pleasure. Most of us learned the love of reading at an early age, and this is a great opportunity to share that joy. In the past three years PaperBackSwap and our members have donated over 70,000 new books! Last year, we reached our goal of 25,000 books sent to 24 deserving elementary schools. Check the details of last year's recipient schools to see wonderful photos of the children receiving the books (here is an example from last year), and see their thank-you cards. If you know of an elementary school in need, suggest it here and we will consider it for our next Books for School donation drive.

Your donation of credits and/or PaperBackSwap Money (which is used to defray some of the shipping costs) or both help us to put books in the hands of children. Together PaperBackSwap and our wonderful members do make a difference!

Most of the participating schools this year are large, with enrollments of between 400 and 700. The school roster includes a special-ed school in AL, and one of the participating schools (in WV) does not actually have its own library, but the local library they visit weekly has stepped up to collect and distribute books to the students - bravo to them for helping with this! And those of you who read about our visit to the Belize Children's Home might want to look in on the Adopt-a-School drive for the abused and abandoned children who are being lovingly cared for there.

Thanks in advance for your help - the kids really appreciate the books!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Amazon Showcase Book

By popular demand, we're showcasing a "hot" Wishlisted book that is not currently available in our Market, but which is available right now in NEW condition at a substantial savings off retail. Use any of the Showcase links below to go to Amazon, and your purchase (of anything) there will help support PaperBackSwap!


Hope to Die by James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. more
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Used Books Currently Available for Swapping

Order these books for credits; repost them when you're done reading and get the credit back!


The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country -- and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. more
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction


Divine Evil by Nora Roberts With blowtorch and steel Clare Kimball has sculpted a personal vision that commands the attention of the New York art world.  But success can not burn away the vague, troubling memories, the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. more
Browse more currently-available books in Romantic Suspense


The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova  When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history.... read more
Browse currently-available books in Historical Fiction


Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen. Unabridged Audio CD. For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has possessed psychic powers; they've been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she's tried so desperately to forget. But now everything has come to a boiling point - someone is trying to kill more.
Browse more currently-available audio books


A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance  by Marlena de Blasi  Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of meeting Fernando, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry 'the stranger' .... read more
Browse currently-available Memoirs

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!


The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, 1950s London socialite Grace Monroe is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious more

Retail Price: $24.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 88%) or $6.69 (save 73%)

Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market


Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin and More by Cynthia Thornton Presented in the style of an artist’s journal, this remarkable handbook uses an informal, conversational approach to teach a wide variety of innovative mixed-media jewelry techniques more

Retail Price: $24.95
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 75%)

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice  by Rebecca Musser Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing and seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's 85-year-old prophet... read more

Retail Price: $26.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.89+1 credit (save 85%) or $7.79 (save 70%)

Browse Memoirs currently available in the Market


The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel  In a thoroughly researched page-turner that transports readers back to the beginnings of our space race, bestselling author Lily Koppel reveals for the first time the stories and secrets of America's unsung heroes-the wives of our original astronauts.... read more

Retail Price: $28.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 73%)
Browse History currently available in the Market

War  by Sebastian Junger Bestselling author Sebastian Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat -- the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another....... read more

Retail Price: $26.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 72%)
Browse Military History books currently available in the Market

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. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams -- if you can afford her hourly fee..... read more

Retail Price: $26.99
in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 72%)
Browse currently-available Thrillers in the Market


Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch  In a primitive farm on the margins of an upstate New York town, the three Proctor brothers live together in a kind of crumbling stasis. They linger like creatures from an older, wilder, and far less forgiving world - until one of them dies in his sleep and the other two are suspected of more

Retail Price: $26.00
in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction in the Market


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You can help the club while you Christmas shop! Start your Amazon shopping by clicking the Amazon link at the top of our site (or any of the "buy from Amazon" links on book listings) and we'll get credit for any purchase you make (including non-book purchases). It doesn't cost anything to support the club this way, and we really appreciate it!

School Book is helping educators 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. Membership is free, and checkout options include school purchase orders as well as debit/credit and PayPal. Spread the word to any teachers/homeschoolers you know!

Thanks to authors...  We love to share good books with our membership! Are you an author and do you have a book you'd like us to review for our blog? To submit your book for consideration, we'll need a copy or two of the book mailed to the PBS offices.  For more details, please contact us and we'll give you the skinny!

PBS Local Chapter News

New Chapters/Chapter Leaders:

  • Elizabeth Dunbar - LizGH - Harford County and NE Maryland

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter is looking for a new Chapter leader! Anyone in the area interested?  Respond to Alana in the forum topic , to take the helm of this lively group!

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD)  is hopping with meetups and Games! If you want to get in on the action, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  will be meeting Sunday, December 14th for a cookie exchange and to discuss Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot. Check out the group's facebook page! Their meeting schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  is next meeting on December 13th to discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. For more details, please see the Chapter topic -also check out their facebook page! Contact lisaparks for location and more information.

The Charlotte, NC Metro Area Chapter has been meeting for six and a half years! They meet monthly, usually the first Monday of every month. See the list of books they've chosen for 2015. No need to have read the book to participate! Contact Kimberly (KimberlyN) for details, and to get on their e-vite list.

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.


Connie K. (retiredteacher)

Connie just passed her seventh PBS-aversary a few days ago!  She has sent out several thousand books to happy receivers - she has a sterling swapping record. She compiles a list of Cozy Mysteries  that other members really appreciate - she's the one to call on if you are a Cozy Mystery fan looking for your next great read! Here's a link to her topic.

"She does so much to promote the site and help others on the site."

"She's a wonderful PBS member and has dedicated many hours of her time and energy keeping members posted on upcoming cozy mystery books. The thread has been going since August 2009 and we are grateful to her for her hard work and dedication!"

"She keeps a thread with the list of new and upcoming Cozy Mysteries going and just does a bang up job of keeping everyone informed."

"I will just say, all the good things you hear about her are true!!"

Connie, it's no mystery why you're so beloved at PaperBackSwap! You've really made a lot of readers happy during your membership. You are Member of the Month for December.  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 use the Requestor Conditions option to make sure I get books from non-smoking households only. But I just requested an audio CD book and the other member declined to mail it because they "got it used and didn't know what households the book has been in before" . It's an audio CD, so the non-smoking requirement isn't as important! I just want to be sure my books don't smell smoky -- shouldn't the other member have asked me about it before declining? --  Disappointed in Denver

Dear Denny,

We're sorry that you weren't able to get that copy of the book! The system doesn't permit senders to contact requestors until after they have accepted a request, which is why this sender could not contact you to discuss the book. We designed the system that way so that bookswapping did not become complicated by prolonged discussions about books. We want bookswapping to remain simple; it's one of the best things about PaperBackSwap. However, it does mean that if you use Requestor Conditions (RCs) and they are not totally clear, or you submit a request with conditions that don't actually apply to that specific book, you could miss out on that copy of a book. It's best to be sure that your RCs are easy to interpret and do apply to the book you are requesting (for example, you might turn off your RCs before requesting an audio book, since the nonsmoking issue does not concern you for audio books). The good news is that if your request is declined for RCs, your request is automatically passed along to another sender, or if there aren't any other copies in the system, you'll go onto the Wish List to get the next copy that becomes available.

If your request is declined for RCs and you want to try to get that copy (it could still be available if no one else has requested it), you can turn off your RCs in your account settings by choosing "No" at the top of the RCs section on that page and clicking Update to apply that change, then searching for that ISBN in the system and clicking "Order this book" on the listing to request it again.

We hope you'll be offered another copy of the book soon!

 The Last Word:

  • Are you REALLY not reading the Blog? You don't want to miss out on Free Book Friday book giveaways, author interviews, awesome book reviews and giveaways, and so much more! 
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