Dear Members,

Happy New Year!

We hope that your holidays were relaxing and filled with fun, and that 2018 finds you recharged. We don't personally believe in New Year's Resolutions (too much pressure!) but we do like the idea of a fresh start for a fresh year.

For PaperBackSwap members, that might mean checking over your Bookshelf and removing any books you no longer have, and checking over your Wish List and removing any items you no longer wish to receive (we're guessing that some of you got books for Christmas!). Keeping lists tidy keeps things moving fast in the club, getting your Wish List books to you sooner, and the Wish List books you post will get requests sooner too. Also, don't forget to post the books you've read and are ready to part with: get a head start on your spring cleaning!

Also, if you're enrolled in Annual Membership, you might want to check your expiration date (put your cursor over the clock at the top of any page on the site to see it) to see if it's time to re-subscribe, and if you're not yet enrolled, you can review the membership options to see what membership level will work best for you!

The New Year can also mean trying something new. Consider this: the Wish List book you've been waiting for might be available NEW for 1 Book Credit + shipping! That's what Member Appreciation Books are: new (overstock) books that you can get for 1 Book Credit + shipping&handling (S&H is $3.99 for the first book in a shipment, and $1.09 for each additional book). Member Appreciation Books can help you take a bite out of your Wish List -- and some of them may be books you didn't even know you wanted to read!

Not all accounts will be eligible for MABs all the time (eligibility is random and can change at any time), and MAB offers can be fleeting -- a book can be available in limited quantity and snapped up quickly. It may be a MAB one day, and not available as a MAB the next. So if you do see a MAB you want, you might want to jump on it!

If you want to make it possible for your account to get MAB offers, first you need to choose your favorite genres in your account settings. (That tells our system what kinds of books to offer you.) Once you have chosen your favorite genres on your homepage, you just need to wait. If you're not offered a MAB right away, check back later and things may have changed!

Read more about MABs, including how to tell if your account has a MAB offer, in the Help Center.

And of course, if you don't want to get new overstock books using your credits, Book Credits can be used the way you've always used them -- to get used books from other members! There are almost 2 million books available to request right now. Check the sliding displays on your homepage or the Books Posted Today page (you can sort that page by genre) to find currently-available books you'd like to read.

You can see examples of what kinds of MABs are being offered today in this Newsletter, below the Showcase book.

Happy reading!

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Amazon Showcase Book

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


The Rooster Bar by John Grisham   Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank's student-loan scam, and make a few bucks in the more
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Member Appreciation Books (MABs) 

These books are a selection of books being offered as MABs for 1 Book Credit + shipping and handling. *Not all accounts will be eligible for MAB pricing (eligibility is random and can change at any time; read more here). Click on any of the books below to see if it's currently available to you as a MAB -- if you're not eligible today, check back later to see if your eligibility has changed. MABs can be fleeting! List is accurate at the time of this Newsletter mailing



Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn A Jazz Age tale of grand adventure. On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing -- she flees the chapel in her wedding more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99) 



Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. From the author of the smash hit ROOM, a novel about an unsolved murder.Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave, and a smallpox epidemic... read more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99) 



Travels with Casey by Benoit Dezinet-Lewis Calista. Road dog! The author and his 9 year old Labrador mix Casey take a four month road trip together, across the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99) 



Before I Go  by Colleen Oakley. A dying young woman sets out to find her husband a new wife. Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy is ready to celebrate four years of being cancer-free, when her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, and she may have as few as four months left to live... read more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99) 



Coreyography by Corey FeldmaA deeply personal and revealing memoir. We all know Corey Feldman from such iconic movies as Stand by Me, Gremlins, The Goonies, and The Lost Boys. Now, read about his past of physical, drug, and sexual abuse and the loss of friends to early more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)



Hooking for Trouble (Crochet Mysteries, Book 11)   by Betty Hechtman Someone is tangled up in murder. Molly hasn't met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)

A Sparrow in Terezin  by Kristy CambronA Hidden Masterpiece Historical Novel. Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)




Size 12 and Ready to Rock  by Meg Cabot  Murder at a reality show. Pop sensation reality-star Tania Trace is hosting a Rock Camp for squealing underage girls when the reality show's producer turns up dead. It seems clear that Tania was the intended more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)



The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson A Christian Romance. A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)



The Evening Spider by Emily Arsenault   A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)



The Tomorrow War by J. L. Bourne  One man stands up to push back against a high tech, tyrannical enemy. On an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event... read more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)



Driving the King by Ravi Howard An indelible portrait of prejudice and promise, friendship and loyalty. A daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat more
For eligible members*, this New book costs 1 credit plus S&H ($3.99)

*Not all accounts will be eligible for MAB pricing at a specific time (eligibility is random and can change at any time). Click on any of the books above to see if it's currently available to you as a MAB -- if you're not eligible today, check back later to see if your eligibility has changed!


New Kiosk items...We've added new pendants, bracelets and bookmarks! Choose from Love Books, Just One More Chapter, Book Lover, Eiffel Tower, A Book is a Dream, and more. From $2.99, and quantities are limited, so take a look now!

Thanks to all of our generous members who donated to Books for Schools!  If you know of a school that serves needy children and you would like to suggest it as a Books for Schools participant for our next drive, please submit the information here.

PBS Local Chapter News

Welcome our new chapter in Maine!

  • The Chapter Leader is Court D. (VCD3 ) and the region is Midcoast Maine (ME coastline from Bath to Belfast)!

Check the Discussion Forum for specific chapter topics, and post there to communicate with other chapter members.

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.


Kathy F (txmom24)

Kathy is beginning her 9th year with PaperBackSwap, and she established her dedication to swapping early with the popular Wish List Virtual Box game in the Games Forum.  She's swapped a ton of books with other members, and has an unblemished record (all of the books she's mailed have been received in good condition) -- something that's really tough to achieve with high-volume swapping!

But the most prominent characteristic that made other members consider her special is something to which everyone can aspire.

The nominations we received for Kathy put it well:

"She's been running the Wishlish Virtual Box for years and she's done a fantastic job! Not only is she very attentive toward the box, but her best attribute is her friendliness."

"I know any time I need to reach out to Kathy, she will be considerate, polite, and just plain nice in her response."

Kathy, you are proof that sometimes nice guys finish first! You are our Member of the Month for January. Congratulations!

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. 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 - Why don't I have a MAB offer? I'm a long-term member and a good swapper. I've chosen my favorite genres in my Account Settings, but still no MAB on my homepage. Why don't I qualify? Am I not appreciated?!? --  FOMO in Fayetteville

Dear Faye,

Yes, of course you are appreciated! You're not doing anything wrong. MABs are randomly assigned -- you're not doing anything wrong if you don't currently have a MAB offer. Just make sure you have chosen your favorite genres in your Account Settings (doing that turns on the MAB function for your account), and check back later -- if you have a MAB offer, you will see MAB surrounded by an oval at the top right of your Homepage. If not, be sure to check again later. Fingers crossed!

Dear Librarian -  I got a Gift Certificate for Standard Membership for Christmas. How do I redeem it? -- New to Swapping

Dear Newbie,

Welcome to the club! What a wonderful gift you received -- a  year of unlimited fee-free swapping (using Book Credits only to request books). It's a good winter project: start sending out the books you've read that are piling up in your house, making space for books you want to read to come to you in the mail! To redeem the Gift Certificate, just go to the Gift Certificate page under Kiosk at the top right of any page on the site (in the grey bar) and type the redemption code into the space. Then click Next and apply the Gift Certificate to your account. If you don't have an account yet, you can register one first, and then apply the Gift Certificate to it. Happy swapping!

Dear Librarian - I got a Standard Membership Gift Certifcate too! I'm a long-time member and I'm already enrolled in Limited Membership that expires in a couple of months. What will happen when I apply the Standard Membership Gift Certificate to my account? -- Upgrading in Utah

Dear Ray,

When you apply the Standard Membership Gift Certificate to your account (or if you enroll in Standard Membership), a year of Standard Membership will be applied to follow your current membership. That means that:

  • if you are an A la Carte member (not currently enrolled in annual membership) when you apply the Gift Certificate (or purchase a year of Standard Membership), your Standard Membership will begin right away
  • if you are a Standard Member when you apply the Gift Certificate (or purchase another year of Standard Membership), your expiration date will be extended by a year
  • if you are a Limited Member when you apply the Gift Certificate for Standard Membership (or purchase a year of Standard Membership), the Standard Membership will begin when your Limited Membership expires. Note: if your Limited Membership will expire within 45 days, then when you apply the Standard Membership Gift Certificate (or purchase a year of Standard Membership) your membership will be upgraded immediately, and you'll have those remaining days PLUS a year of Standard Membership!

If you're a Limited Member and your expiration date is more than 45 days away, you should consider the $8 immediate upgrade to Standard Membership. That will upgrade you right away. It won't affect any future memberships you may have queued up in your account; it will simply upgrade the remainder of your current membership from Limited to Standard, for the duration of your Limited Membership. Then the upgrade will expire on the expiration date of the Limited Membership. (And if you have a Standard Membership scheduled to begin then, it will begin automatically.)

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