Thursday, June 25, 2009

Paperback Swap - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.

Read much? I confess, I'm an addict. Everyone hates it when I move because 40% of the boxes I pack are books (about 20% kitchen gadgets and then.. stuff). I sorely miss Half Price Books in my native Ohio.

But then again, I have a lot of books. I don't just read them, I kind of collect them. I have three tall bookshelves full, currently. And I have more than a few that I don't need or use anymore. What to do?

Last year my hubby (who is a mail carrier) discovered the coolest thing since Gutenberg: Paperback Swap. Despite the name, you can trade any kind of book, including audiobooks. In the past year PBS estimates I've saved $274 on the cost of the books I've ordered. Here's how it works.

1. You list books you have that you don't want or need anymore. If you list 10, you get 2 free credits!
2. The books go into the system and other members can request them. When someone requests your book, you ship it media mail at your expense, and you get a credit.
3. You then spend credits on new books that you want! There's no charge.
4. If a book you want isn't currently in the system, you can add it to your wish list, and then when someone lists it, you get notified by email and you can get it. Free!

You also get free credits for referring other people, so if you're interested in doing some book trading, do click the banner at the top here and sign up, and I'll get a credit for your joining (yay!). Then you can refer other people and get free books too, and it'll be like a pyramid scheme except it's legal and everyone wins :)

Don't toss books or throw them in a heap at your next garage sale... trade 'em!