Dear Members,

Many of you may not have realized it, but PaperBackSwap quietly turned 11 on September 1st. We've come a long way since 2004! The first PaperBackSwap was a basic site with minimal features and a very small membership (mostly family and friends). We strongly believed in the idea of bookswapping and the principles of read-swap-save...and soon it was clear that others did too! Word of mouth carried across the country, spreading the membership to every state. We passed one million books swapped, then two, then we're past seventeen million swapped and going strong. The site has changed enormously too...we've had a few makeovers and added a ton of features.

And all along, our members have never ceased to surprise us. Their suggestions have prompted new features; their enthusiasm has taken the club into wonderful places, creating book clubs that meet in real life, making games (and friends) out of exchanging books, even organizing two PaperBackSwap Cruises. They've made deep friendships and seen each other through major life events. Through it all, they've shared books - books for college, books for homeschooling, books for Book Clubs, books for vacation reading, books to read and repost for others to enjoy...with every swap, every book has found a new reader and a new life, fulfilling that vision we had more than a decade ago now, and making us very proud.

We may have created PaperBackSwap, but our members are its soul. Whether you joined years ago or only yesterday, you're part of something big.

Happy birthday to all of us!

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!


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Released September 15, 2015. In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like 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!


Eragon by Christopher Paolini When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself more
Browse currently-available Young Adult Fiction


The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman.  His intentions are purely practical -- he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society....  read more
Browse more currently-available books in Romantic Suspense


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. His story is a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic more
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction


On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons  In the year 1900--on the afternoon she suspects might be the last of her long, eventful life--Emma Garnet Tate Lowell sets down on paper what came before, determined to make an honest account of it. ... read more
Browse currently-available books in Historical Fiction


Smitten by Janet Evanovich,, Narrated by C. J. Critt. Unabridged Audio CD. Single mom Lizabeth Kane isn't exactly carpenter material -- she's never picked up a hammer in her life. But she desperately needs the construction job that rugged builder Matt Hallahan is more.
Browse more currently-available audio books


Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley Over a remote Pacific island, nine American flyers were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by the Japanese ...and disappeared. Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men... read more
Browse currently-available Memoirs

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

Frog Music: a Novel by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue's explosive novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. A young woman is shot dead; her friend, a French burlesque dancer, will risk everything to bring the murderer to justice...if he doesn't track her down more
Retail Price: $27.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 73%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home by Julie Sussman, Stephanie Glakas-Tenet
This is NOT your father's home repair book!And it's not your husband's, your brother's, your boyfriend's, or the guy's next door. Dare to Repair is a do-it-herself book for every more
Retail Price: $16.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 86%) or $6.19 (save 63%)
Browse more Crafting/Home books currently available in the Market



Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning and Math by Daniel Tammet
This is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author of Born On a Blue Day and mathematical savant, was born to more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.89+1 credit (save 85%) or $7.79 (save 70%)
Browse Memoirs currently available in the Market


The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi
Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the more
Retail Price: $14.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 84%) or $6.19 (save 58%
Browse Suspense currently available in the Market


A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry
Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a more
Retail Price: $24.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 74%)
Browse Thrillers books currently available in the Market


How it All Began by Penelope Lively
This engaging, utterly absorbing and brilliant novel shows how one random event can cause marriages to fracture and heal themselves, opportunities to appear and disappear, lovers who might never have met to find each other. more
Retail Price: $26.95
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $4.49+1 credit (save 83%) or $8.39 (save 68%)
Browse currently-available Literary Fiction 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
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse currently-available Contemporary Fiction in the Market


Hurry and vote for the Book Review Contest - see the Finalists at Facebook or the Blog, and follow the links to vote with a thumbs-up and/or Facebook Like. You can enter the Book Review Contest yourself: just create a Book Review - don't forget the Star rating - and you are entered! Share the review to Facebook to increase your chances of winning.  Each winner gets a new book from her or his Wish List! See the FAQs about the contest in the Help Center.

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PBS Local Chapter News

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

The North Texas Chapter  usually meets the first Sunday of each month to discuss a book. Next up in September: Stern Men (note - it's currently available to request from the club!). Check out the group's facebook page! Their meeting schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for 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. Next up for October 5th: The Whiskey Baron by Jon Sealy. See the whole 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.

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.


Alice (ASJ)

Alice has been a member of PaperBackSwap for six and a half years, and she's really had an impact here! She's sent out a really amazing number of books, and has a superb swapping record. She's super active in Games, hosting almost 100 games and encouraging other members to host their own games.

"She consistently hosts well run and popular games in the forums. She also makes herself available to other hostesses to lend a hand if needed. Recently she encouraged at least two new hostesses to open games."

"Alice is very caring and compassionate towards PBS and a strong voice for the Site, and has donated not only her time, but in addition has donated many credits to PBS and the Schools program...Alice keeps reading both exciting and fun by hosting her many Games, starting and participating in many genre and book discussions, and starting and participating for multiple years in reading challenges; Alice is an Awesome PBSer!"

"I was new to Games, and a little shy. But Alice was so friendly--before long I felt really at home. I love the Games and I've made a lot of friends -- and I have Alice to thank!"

Alice, you are a real Ambassador for PaperBackSwap! You are Member of the Month for September. 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 - Is there any way I can share my Bookshelf list with non-members? I'd like to link to it from my blog. -- Blogger in Boston

Dear Bossy,

Yes, you can do that - if you have your Privacy Controls set to allow your Bookshelf to be seen by non-members, you can share the link to your Public Bookshelf. The link to your Public Bookshelf is accessible from the top of your My Bookshelf page. Sharing that link will allow even non-members to see the posted books on your Bookshelf. You can access the Privacy Controls from the top of your Account >> Settings page. Any lists that you set to Public in your Privacy Controls can be shown off by sharing a link!

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