Dear Members,

2016 is starting off with a bang! We've got a happy surprise from USPS (see below), Books for Schools is finishing strong, and our Invite Friends program is going well.

Have you invited your friends to join the club? Remember that you can get up to $5 for each friend, with no limit! Tell your friends and family and neighbors; spread the word at the library. You can share to Facebook (easily done from the Invite page); you can also send Invite emails directly from the Invite page, or copy the link from there into your own emails or email sig. If you're feeling creative, you can make a YouTube video about the club and put the referral link in the video info! Inviting them means they get a discount on membership, and you get $! You'll be happy, they'll be happy, the club will be happy to have more participants sharing books. It's a win-win-win! You can read more about the referral program on the Invite page.

As for the USPS may have guessed that it's time again for postage rate changes. It's never a huge increase, but it usually means you will be paying a few cents more for each shipment. Not this time, though! USPS has decided to simplify, and REDUCE its First Class postal rates for light parcels. Now it will cost $2.60 to send a package of up to 8 ounces (compared to $3.54 before) using First Class postal rate. Media Mail rates will NOT be affected by this change. So: after January 17th 2016, your (up to) 8-ounce package will cost $2.60 to mail by First Class; and for packages over 8 ounces and up to 1 lb, the Media Mail rate will remain $2.72. Remember that choosing PBS Printable Postage means that the least expensive postage/postal rate will print out for you automatically, for convenient mailing from home (and with tracking you can follow from your My Account page)! See a full table of the new postage rates that will take effect on January 17th here.

Thanks to all who have donated to Books for Schools! You're helping to give these kids a lifelong gift: the wonderful love of reading that PaperBackSwap members all know so well.  There are only a few schools left taking donations. You can donate here, and if you don't know about Books for Schools, you can read the FAQs here.

We've got more news in the NEWS items below. 

We think it's going to be a great year!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Amazon Showcase Book

By popular demand, we're showcasing a 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 -- remember, your purchase (of anything) there will help support PaperBackSwap!


When Breath Becomes Air  by Paul Kalanithi
Released January 12, 2016. An Amazon Best Book of 2016. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this is a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? more
Buy at Amazon

Used Books Currently Available for Swapping

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


Testimony by Anita Shreve At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a more
Browse Literary Fiction currently available for swapping


Slow Burn by Julie Garwood An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna doesn't have a bad bone in her body -- or an enemy in the world. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? ... read more
Browse Romantic Suspense currently available for swapping


Resurrection by Tucker Malarkey A suspenseful and eye-opening tale of love, war, and murder, set in Cairo during the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, and drawing on the actual events surrounding the findings of the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi, Egypt more
Browse Historical Mysteries currently available for swapping


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 Historical Fiction currently available for swapping


The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller  Wilhelmina (Billy) Gertz was small as a child, fiercely independent, and now is powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. Her latest play is  is about an imagined terrorist bombing of the Lake Shore Limited train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife, who is traveling on more.
Browse audio books currently available for swapping


The Perfect Witness by Robyn Okrant When Teresa Casali was young, she discovered that she could read people's memories. But this strange gift became a curse when her mob boss father used Teresa to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and more
Browse Suspense currently available for swapping

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch. more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill
A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, following a modern family through past and present; the deeply moving story of a family suddenly ripped apart, but then just possibly more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
Browse more Women's Fiction currently available in the Market


Nocturnal by Scott Sigler
Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind.  — How else to explain the dreams he keeps having -- dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse Mysteries/Thrillers currently available in the Market


Perla by Carolina De Robertis
Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, with a cold, polished mother and a straitlaced naval officer father, whose profession she learned early on not to more
Retail Price: $25.95
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $1.49+1 credit (save 94%) or $5.09 (save 80%)
Browse History currently available in the Market


Great North Road  by Peter F. Hamilton
In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones, and investigating the alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency's top more
Retail Price: $30.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 92%) or $6.19 (save 79%)
Browse Thrillers currently available in the Market


Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt
Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, where old Southern money—and older Southern secrets—meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. . more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 89%) or $6.69 (save 74%)
Browse Literary Fiction currently available in the Market


Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Shandi Pierce has got enough to deal with before she gets caught in the middle of a stickup in a gas station minimart and falls in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who steps between the armed robber and her son to shield the child from more
Retail Price: $26.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $1.69+1 credit (save 93%) or $5.59 (save 79%)
Browse Contemporary Fiction currently available in the Market


Gutenberg rules! We know you won't be surprised at the latest report that shows a continuing trend upward in the sales of printed books (a trend that established itself last year), and ebook sales are declining. We think we understand why: while ebooks can be convenient in some cases, there's really nothing quite like the printed word.

Update your software, protect your computer! Because of a known serious vulnerability in older system software, everyone needs to be using the most current Security Protocol when on the Internet. PaperBackSwap is required to update too, and older, vulnerable browsers will not be able to access the site after Jan 12, 2016. So if your software is old, update now! It's a quick task that will protect your computer and your personal information. If you are using Internet Explorer, go here to update. If you are using Mac, upgrade your MacOS for free on the Apple site.  Read more here.

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!

   Amazon Prime means free streaming, free shipping...  One annual membership fee gets you 2-day free shipping and a ton of other perks. Don't have Amazon Prime yet? Use this link to Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. We think you'll love it!

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:

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.


Joy (vintagejoy)

Joy has been a member at PaperBackSwap since we were about two years old - so she's known us since toddlerhood! She joined the Tour Guide group in the first wave, and has been a wonderful ambassador for the club ever since. She's just recently joined the Book Data Correction and Image Collection teams also. She's super kind and helpful, and members are enthusiastic about how glad they were to "meet" her in the club:

“I was having trouble posting a book, and just did not know what to do! Joy helped me to get the book posted, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. She explained everything so clearly!"

"I was nervous about joining a club online and she was the first member I met. I asked her some questions and she was so nice. She put me right at ease."

"All of us [Tour Guides] love Joy. She is the best!"

Joy, your parents evidently named you accurately! 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 can't get into the PaperBackSwap site!  I know my computer is not brand-new, but it worked just fine until this week!  -- Confused in Carmel

Dear Carrie,

We had to tighten our security on the site recently, to exclude access from insecure systems. There is a known serious security flaw with older browsers, and in order to continue operating, we are required to provide a secure environment. Members who are using old system software must update in order to access our site -- and you want to do this anyway, to protect your computer and personal information.

If you are using a Mac running OS 10.6.8 or later, you can upgrade for free on the Apple site.

If you are running a PC, Microsoft has stopped supporting all older versions of Internet Explorer. You'll need to update Internet Explorer to version 11 or use a different browser (Chrome or Firefox). There are some extra tweaks you should make with Internet Explorer version 11 to tell it that PaperBackSwap is a trusted site.

Upgrading should fix the problem accessing PaperBackSwap - and keep your computer and personal information safer during all of your Internet use.

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! 
  • 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!