February Newsletter

February 16, 2009

Sending out the newsletter tomorrow, but for you blog readers here it is

http://www.weswapbooks.com/uk/newsletter/newsletter_3.html

If you’re interested in signing up for our newsletter, click here

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reviews

September 2, 2008

You might have noticed that a recent edition to the site has been book reviews (the reviews tab from the front page leads to)

http://www.weswapbooks.com/uk/reviews/default.aspx

If you’d like to submit a book review for everyone on the site to enjoy then please, contact me and I’ll give you an idea of what books are suitable and that kind of thing. No prizes (not this time around anyway) but you never know.

Please don’t be put off by the length of the one we have on the site just now (Lilly did a fantastic job writing this one and the fact it’s so long is utterly my fault, I found some 2000 word book reviews and thought that was a good length. It’s not, but not Lillys fault (who produced a great review despite this) the fault is totally mine).

Lilly Hunter’s review for “A good old fashioned future” is a great review of one of my favourite sci-fi books. Click here to check it out.

I might include one’s I like in the next newsletter and if you have a link, I will add a link to your site from your blog.

YES….100!!!

August 28, 2008

We just hit 100 members, YES!!!

In April we had 9, today 100…a fast turnaround and long may it continue

Nigerian School Books

August 18, 2008

Standing outside the book festival handing out bookmarkers I met a guy who was promoting an African Children Stories show happening later that day. I got chatting to him and he let me know something quite interesting.

Apparently the rate of inflation in Nigeria has made many things unaffordable for a lot of people, one of them is school books. He’s been spending his time trying to find second hand school books (I don’t think the subject matters or even age range) to send to Nigeria where they’re screaming out for these kinda resources.  Education is a big thing in Nigeria (where isn’t it?) and this would be a huge help for a lot of kids.

I said I would help anyway I could, so…

Does anyone know anywhere or anyhow to get a load of second hand school books to send to Nigeria?

some small things

July 17, 2008

just a quick update on the site this time around…

  • 2 new sections added in the shape of the spirituality & religion section and the politics section. When the site was launched I didn’t want to have too many sections with very little books. So I decided to lump a great many of them into the section titled “Other”. I received an email asking for a religious section and decided to separate these 2 subjects from the other section.
  • The first inaugural newsletter is on the way. The hold up at the moment is I wanted to include a book review in the first newsletter and I suck at writing book reviews…just awful. So what I was going to do instead was ask someone else to write it. I’m still looking for someone, asked a few people and no luck yet, but fingers crossed something happens soon. By the way if you or someone else you know would like a stab at it, let me know (reply in a comment here or send me a message from the WSB Site).
  • You may have noticed the changes to the scores on the site, it now includes your swap total as well. This is taken from the amount of feedback you have, so if you have a lower swap score than you thought you should have, this is why. It’s based on the amount of swaps you have feedback for, not just the amount of swaps. Feedback is not mandatory so sometimes the scores won’t match. Also I hope it will encourage everyone to leave feedback after each swap.
  • More promotion. You may have seen our ads in Facebook and Gumtree. Over the next few days I will be adding a StumbleUpon icon on the front page of the site, any suggestions for any others?
  • The Edinburgh Book Festival is on the way
  • As is the new forum. My 9-5 job at the moment is super hectic so I’ve not had the change to build the forum as quickly as I would like. However I do think this would be a big addition and improvement to the community feel on the site so hopefully I’ll get a chance to work on it soon enough.

Other than that, nothing much to tell. I’ll post a couple more not site news posts on this blog, more thoughts from this old head of mine.

If you know anyone with a load of books, books they don’t want anymore or even just books they’d like to recycyle and they’re in the UK, then please tell them about our site at www.weswapbooks.com

Any comments, questions, suggestions, I’m always glad to hear from you.