Dear Members,

Perhaps you heard about the recent reduction in postage, across all postal classes? That's right, as of April 10, 2016, your Media Mail package of up to 1 lb that previously cost $2.72 to mail, now costs $2.61!  And for a Media Mail package of between 1 and 2 lbs, the cost went down from $3.22 to $3.09. First Class rates also fell.

Of course, you'll still save a lot if you use Printable Postage to mail -- packages of up to 8 ounces can be mailed First Class for $2.60 (almost a dollar less than the non-Printed Postage cost). So that's good news, all around!

We're also happy to announce the Easter Egg Hunt results. We had a great turnout, and members seemed to be having a lot of fun searching for the egg icons on the site. Our winners were jessicat (the Quick-as-a-Bunny first member to fill her basket) and aliciaaba (randomly selected from among the remaining completed baskets). Each of them got a new book from her Wish List! We enjoyed the Hunt, and we hope you did too. We're planning more games like that in the future, so stay tuned!

Happy Reading,

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 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!


The Obsession by Nora Roberts 
Release date: April 12, 2016   Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David 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 Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman  Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it -- and themselves -- more
Browse Literary Fiction currently available for swapping


The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat ... read more
Browse Romantic Suspense currently available for swapping


Mortal Sins by Penn Williamson The year is 1927, a time for bootleg gin, hot jazz, and sudden death. Seasoned homicide cop Daman Rourke, a haunted widower also mourning the death of a fellow cop and close friend, walks into a scene of appalling more
Browse Historical Mysteries currently available for swapping


Temptation by Jude Deveraux It is l909 and Temperance O'Neil is a woman ahead of her time, happy and devoted to her career. But her new stepfather does not approve. He makes her an unlikely offer: to go to Scotland, pose as housekeeper to his nephew James, and secretly find him a wife.... read more
Browse Historical Fiction currently available for swapping


Innocent by Scott Turow The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, this book continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological more.
Browse audio books currently available for swapping


Unlucky 13 by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. 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
From Paula Brackston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch, comes a magical tale that is as dark as it is enchanting.  Set in high society Edwardian England, a young witch faces the choice between love and loyalty to her coven. more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.49+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.39 (save 71%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



Time Flies by Claire Cook
From the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom, a recently separated woman faces her highway driving phobia and takes a road trip with her best friend to their high school more
Retail Price: $24.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.79+1 credit (save 88%) or $6.69 (save 73%)
Browse more Women's Fiction currently available in the Market


The Chosen One by Brad Meltzer
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much. more
Retail Price: $16.95
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 86%) or $6.19 (save 63%)
Browse Thrillers currently available in the Market


The Affair by Alicia Clifford
As Celia Bayley's family gathers for her funeral, the diaries and notebooks and letters she left behind paint a very different picture, one that shocks those who loved her and will force them to confront the difficult conflicts in their own lives. more
Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse Contemporary Fiction currently available in the Market


Hit Me by Lawrence Block
It certainly looked as though Keller was done killing people for money. But old habits die more
Retail Price: $28.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.89+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.79 (save 76%)
Browse Mysteries currently available in the Market


Night Film by Marisha Pessl
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. more
Retail Price: $28.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 73%)
Browse Literary Fiction currently available in the Market


Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Playford
Discover how to use a simple square of fabric to beautifully wrap gifts of any shape or size.  Inspired by the traditional Japanese fabric wraps known as furoshiki, the clear written instructions, easy-to-follow diagrams, and beautiful photos show exactly more
Retail Price: $19.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.79+1 credit (save 86%) or $6.69 (save 66%)
Browse Crafting Books currently available in the Market


Refer and Earn! Have you invited your friends to join the club? Remember that you can get up to $5 for each friend, with no limit! You can share to Facebook (easily done from the Invite page); you can also send Invite emails directly from the Invite page. Make a YouTube video! Your invitees will get a discount on membership, you'll get $, and the club will get more books to share! It's a win-win-win! Read more about the referral program on the Invite page.

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PBS Local Chapter News

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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.



Perhaps you don't know Lou; if you are a Data Correction or Image Collection Volunteer, though, you probably do. She's relentless in her pursuit of perfection at PaperBackSwap! If the listing for a book on your Bookshelf or another list suddenly improved, it's a good bet that Lou might have had something to do with it. Her fellow volunteers nominated her to us, and we could not agree more! Lou, the club is much improved for everyone by your contributions, and we're so glad you're here! You are the Member of the Month for April. Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereEach month we'll choose the Member of the Month from among the nominations we receive, and that member will get 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'm trying to offer my book directly to a specific PBS Friend. How can I do that? -- Curious in California

Dear Callie,

What a good question! If the book (matching ISBN) is on your friend's Wish List, you can offer your copy directly to her even if she's not #1 in line, as described in the Help doc "Can I post a book directly to someone's Wish List?" in our Help Center. The key thing to remember with that is that you need to click the "Post this Book" button that is on the member's Wish List in order to direct the offer to her.

If you are a Standard member, it's even easier to do this! If the other member is on your Friends list (and has that ISBN on her Wish List), you can type the ISBN into the Post Books page and you will be shown her name on the right side, above the Listing Preview. You can choose right there to post directly to her (or any other wishing Friend) that way.

If the book is not a Wish Listed book, but is available in the club and you have it posted it on your Bookshelf, you can also suggest it to your friend in a Personal Message, using the "Suggest a Book" feature.  If she orders the book by clicking the "order" button in the Suggestion PM, her request will come to you, even if your book is not #1 in line for requests. The Help Center has more information about using the "Suggest a Book" feature.

If the book is available in the club and you've posted it to your Bookshelf, your friend can also request it directly from your Bookshelf, following the instructions in the Help doc "How do I direct my request for a book to a specific member?". The key there is that your friend would need to use the "Order this Book" button that is on your Bookshelf to direct the request to you.

The Last Word:

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