Saturday, July 19, 2008

Paperback Swap

I'm going to bounce off-topic a bit for a few here and talk about Paperback Swap.

If, like me, you have piles and piles of books lying around that were waiting to go to either Goodwill or until we "finally have that yard sale," and you still love your books (3 shelves and counting here), you might want to take a look at Paperback Swap. Use the link to the right, and let me know you did -- it'll give me credit for your joining and listing books, and I'll be sure to friendlist you there.

Here's the deal. You type the ISBN on the back of your book -- doesn't have to be paperback, can be any book, fiction or non -- into the system, and list the books you don't want. If someone requests your books, you mail them to that member at your expense. PBS will credit your account with a book credit, which you can then use to go shopping for books that you DO want. All books are 1 credit except audiobooks.

You can print out your shipping label right from your computer and be instantly credited when you ship a book off, and you don't have to drive to the post office every other day, just print and stick it in your mailbox with the flag up.

Here's the best part. If they don't have a book you want in stock, you can add it to your wish list, and when they have it they will notify you and you just say "yes, I want it!" and you get it. Free. Even if you shop discount book stores, you're saving a ton this way, and it's fun. It made me wish I was still homeschooling so we could see where we were sending books and where they were coming from on a map. :)

And while it seems like crafting books are among their most-wishlisted, they do have them, and I have gotten a wire wrapping book or two, and have a pile more still on my list. For a while I was browsing their lists all the time but ended up with some "meh" books, so I decided to let the credits pile up and get my my wish list books. The ones I really want.

I love this thing. Anyone who loves to read should join. You get 2 free credits when you do, so just for signing up and listing 10 books you get 2 books free. Totally free.