Introducing Shuffling

April 28, 2009

Now I know I promised a newsletter this week, but due to losing my internet connection at home and BT looking into it, I’m not going to be able to send the newsletter this week. Instead what I’m going to do is mention “Shuffling”.

SHUFFLING

We have over 700 books on the site at the moment. I realise that some of them have been on for a while and may have slid to the bottom of a few pages. It may have been sometime since they’ve appeared on the front page of the site. And this is where shuffling comes in. We can take some books and change their submission date to the site, thus making them appear back at the top of the list.

I know what you’re thinking “Is this an attempt to boost the old junk people didn’t want to make them appear as if they’re new books?” and to be honest, partly. For one, they’re not old junk. Some of the books we have had on the site for a long time are considered great books. Secondly, we’re just trying to give all our members a chance to get rid of books they don’t want anymore and we think this will help.

HOW – TO

Just send us a list of the books you’d like shuffled, no more than 10, and we can re-jig their position on the site. If the book doesn’t have a cover photo let me know and we’ll do our best to find one.

Probably best to send the list using this page : http://www.weswapbooks.com/uk/contactus/

Don’t forget the Christian Aid book sale in Edinburgh next month (see you there) and we are planning to begin development of wish lists on the site soon as well.

You can catch me on twitter at http://twitter.com/weswapbooks. If you have any problems/questions/suggestions then either post them here or use the link above to contact me.

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March Update

March 24, 2009

I’m sure some of you may have noticed the Add Books page on the site has seen a change. I have added the automatic book coverings I had promised to add, but it doesn’t work. It won’t find your book cover but you will still be able to add books.

I’m going to try and get this working this weekend cause I found it a big benefit when it did work. Well it worked on my laptop, not on the site, but trust me you guys are going to love it. Hope to get a newsletter out as well, round about first or second week of April.

Also are you a budding book reviewer? Then you might be interested in this

Hope to see you on the site at www.weswapbooks.com

Anne Rice Books

February 25, 2009

One of our members just added a whole bunch of Anne Rice books if there are any fans out there

http://www.weswapbooks.com/uk/fiction/horror.aspx

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

Competition

January 1, 2009

CompetitionAnnouncing our first competition at We Swap Books, running throughout January 2009.

To find out more,  click here

1st prize is £25 in book tokens. Kind of excited about this and hoping for a good turnout, this being our first competition. Also in the next few weeks I hope to send only the 2nd issue of our newsletter.

DESIGN

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve changed the design and layout of the site. We’ve removed the 4 tabs from the top of the screen “WESWAP”, “HOWSWAP” etc. and replaced them with an easier to use drop down menu. We’ve also replaced the menu on the left with more of an interactive menu allowing you to get access to the Fiction and History section pages faster. We hope these changes make the site a more enjoyable experience.

The site is also more cross browser friendly now. Layout problems that existed in FireFox should have been fixed, we’re still ironing out some of the issues but we think we’ve got the majority of them.

HELP

You may also notice on some pages now, we have a small question mark in a speech bubble. Clicking this image wherever it appears will open a help popup that will explain the page. These have been added around the site along with a new and improved help section, available from the top menu. We added these to help explain some of the issues some of you were encountering on the site.

AWARDS

Some of our swappers have proven themselves to be great members. They add interesting books and send your book to you promptly. Using the site myself I know that there are some swappers I can depend on to get their book to me quickly. So how do we award these swappers…awards.

The swappers who go above and beyond will now be rewarded by assigning them awards. We have awards starting at white award (to signify more than 5 completed swaps with positive feedback) all the way up to gold award. We’ll be assigning these to some of our members in the next few days, I’ll drop an email to let you know if you’ve been awarded an award.

If you don’t get an award this time round please be assured this does not mean we view you as a bad swapper, bad swappers we ban. So if you don’t get an award please don’t be down hearted, we still value you as a swapper.

FORUM

A small change we’ve made to the forum is email notification. Now if you post a reply or start a discussion in the forum you can receive an email whenever any replies to your thread. We’ve also fixed some small bugs and layout issues with the font.

We would encourage all of our swappers to go the forum and introduce yourself, also have a look in the Book Wanted forum…you never know, you might have the book someone is looking for.

ADVERTS

We hope these don’t detract from your enjoyment of the site. Thing is that the site does have expenses (promotion and hosting costs), so to counterbalance these expenses we have had to incorporate more adverts in the site. Again, we don’t think these will get in the away of your enjoyment of the site.

FEEDBACK

We’ve tried to make it more noticeable in your member section when you have to leave feedback for other swappers. The % score beneath other swappers names is a percentage of how much of their feedback left was positive feedback. If you don’t leave feedback for other swappers then we are left with a score that is not a true representation of that persons worth to the forum. So please, if you haven’t left feedback for a book you have received please do it now. Thanks.

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We hope you enjoy all the changes we’ve made to the site. In January we’ll be sending out a newsletter and we’ll be announcing detail of our first competition. That’s right, our first competition so keep your eyes peeled for that.

In the meantime if you’d like to leave any feedback or ask a question on the site changes, then please leave feedback and questions either here on the blog or here on the forum and I will answer them as quickly as I can.