Dear Members,

If someone handed you a $5 bill, would you put it in a pocket and never spend it? We hope not! Yet, some of you are doing the equivalent of that right now.

Our Invite Friends program allows you to earn actual cash money for referrals. No joke! Moolah. Green. Bank. Dough. Cabbage. Bread. (OK, now we're getting hungry.)

Some members who have referred friends after the start of the program in November 2015 have become eligible to claim a cash reward, but haven't done that yet! Are you one of those members?

You can check by going to the Invite Friends page, linked from the bottom of any page on the site, or click here: Check my Referrals

Scroll down on that page to see your list of referred accounts and if there is a Claim Your Reward button there, click it! Then choose a check mailed to your home, or PBS Money. That's all you have to do. Could NOT be easier.

And if you don't yet have cash to claim, it's easy to get that started. You can Learn More About Inviting Friends in the Help Center. For you, it means a Cha-Ching! of always-welcome cash. For your referred friend, it means a discount on Annual Membership and entry into a world of online bookswapping. For the club, it means more members and more books to be shared with all of us. It's win-win-win!

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!


Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, all except for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.
A young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country 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 Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold  When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't more
Browse Literary Fiction currently available for swapping


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 Romantic Suspense currently available for swapping


The Widow's Daughter by Nicholas Edlin In 1943, Captain Peter Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic more
Browse Historical Mysteries currently available for swapping


Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara This book, a prequel to The Killer Angels, describes the interconnected paths that led to the battle of Gettysburg and brought these men together at this crossroads of our history.... read more
Browse Historical Fiction currently available for swapping


Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts Audio CD, Abridged.  As Reena Hale, arson investigator, tries esperately to trace the origins --of the taunting phone calls, the fires, the hatred-- aimed in her direction, she will step into the worst inferno she has ever more.
Browse audio books currently available for swapping


Intensity by Ken Follett Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, twenty-six, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep. Instinct proves reliable: a murderous sociopath has entered the house, intent on killing everyone more
Browse Suspense currently available for swapping

Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that came from the New York boutique where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate, worked behind the more
Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 91%) or $6.19 (save 76%)
Browse Historical Fiction currently available in the Market



Where the Moon Isn't  by Nathan Filer
While on vacation with their parents, Matthew and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night to cause mischief. Only Matthew came home more
Retail Price: $24.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 75%)
Browse more Women's Fiction currently available in the Market


First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
Jack McClure receives a call from his old friend Edward Carson. Carson is just weeks from taking the reins as President of the United States when his daughter, Alli, is kidnapped more
Retail Price: $25.95
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
Browse Thrillers currently available in the Market


One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull in a passport office, trapping nine divergent characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to more
Retail Price: $13.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.29+1 credit (save 83%) or $6.19 (save 55%
Browse Contemporary Fiction currently available in the Market


In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day That Changed Everything by Michael Waltrip, Ellis Henican
There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legendary dad, the driver race fans called "The Intimidator," was close behind in more
Retail Price: $14.99
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $1.49+1 credit (save 90%) or $5.09 (save 66%)
Browse Biographies&Memoirs currently available in the Market


I am a Pole! (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert, Paul Hildebrand (Illustrator)
The inimitable Stephen Colbert conquers new territory with his first children's book ... for adults. more
Retail Price: $15.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 85%) or $6.19 (save 61%)
Browse Humor currently available in the Market


The Book of Schmaltz by Michael Ruhlman
For culinary expert Michael Ruhlman, the ultimate goal in cooking is flavor, and for certain dishes nothing introduces it half as well as schmaltz. more
Retail Price: $25.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.29+1 credit (save 90%) or $6.19 (save 75%)
Browse Cookbooks currently available in the Market


Savings are just a click away...National Brands Coupons offers you hundreds of printable manufacturer's coupons every week, as well as links to coupon codes, discount gifts, and other money-saving opportunities. It's free to print out coupons for products you already buy.  Using National Brands Coupons helps to support the club, while saving you money!

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 June 30, 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.

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PBS Local Chapter News

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

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.


Do you know of another PaperBackSwap member who just seems to go above and beyond? One who makes you smile, or helps you figure out something about a swap, or who simply makes you glad she or he is part of the club? You may just have found yourself a MoM (Member of the Month)!

MoMs are special members, ones who put a little extra effort in for the benefit of others, even when they think no one may ever notice. Maybe they send their packages well-wrapped bearing cheerful stickers on the outside, or they post interesting topics in the Discussion Forums that get people thinking and talking, or they work behind the scenes to correct book listings or upload images to book listings. Maybe they're Tour Guides and help other members navigate swapping, or maybe they create extra-fun games in the Games forum, the kind after which everyone feels like they've made new friends.

If you believe that you have encountered a MoM, submit your nomination to us here. Tell us why you think the member is a MoM -- the more details, the better! The Member of the Month 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 the club. Who knows--the next MoM might just be YOU!


Dear Librarian - I sent a book using tracking from the PO and I see it's been delivered. But it hasn't been marked received! What if the other member never marks it received? Will I get credit? What should i do? --  Anxious in Altoona

Dear Al,

We sympathize with your anxiety! Keep in mind that sometimes the scan is a little bit ahead of the delivery -- sometimes the barcode is scanned "Delivered" when it reaches the PO ; in that case, the package still has to get to the resident's mailbox, which can take a couple of days. Also, members do go out of town (especially in summer and at the holidays) and don't mark books received until they get home and look through their mail. Sometimes members do forget -- so it's fine to check with the other member. We recommend it, if your book has a delivered scan but hasn't been marked received. You can send a Personal Message using the "PM" button on the transaction on your My Account page, and ask about the book.

If the other member's account becomes inactive while your book is "en route," the system will mark it received automatically (instead of declaring it "lost") at the end of the allotted transit time. This may not happen if the timing isn't right, so if your book is declared "lost" by the system and you haven't heard back from the requestor in response to your Personal Message, you should contact us (by sending in feedback from the Contact Us page), and we'll look into it.

Members who don't mark books received do put their membership in jeopardy, and the system does track this. The good news is that members are great on the whole of managing their incoming swaps. Even if a member makes an oversight and neglects to do this right away, a gentle reminder from the system (reminder auto-emails are sent automatically) or the sender (a polite inquiry via Personal Message) usually does the trick!

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 so much more! 
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