Just a quick blog entry here, if you haven’t used Paperback Swap, you’re really missing out on some good deals.
Here’s how it works: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=209
- You have books in good condition that you do not want to keep.
- After you have Posted the first 10 books to your bookshelf, you get 2 “startup” credits (and two swap fees so that you can use them) from PBS to get you started swapping. After that, you earn credits by sending out books to others. Only the first account for a household receives startup credits/swap fees.
- You may order any available (paperback/hardcover) book for 1 Book Credit each. audio books cost 2 credits each.
- If you are enrolled as a Standard Member, you pay no Swap Fees – just Book Credits – to request books.
- If you are unenrolled (“A la Carte”), you will pay a 49 cent Swap Fee for each book shipment you request. Everyone starts as an A la Carte Member – you can enroll in Limited or Standard Membership in our Kiosk.
- If you are a Limited Member, you can make 30 requests per year using credits only and no Swap Fees. After the 30th request in a year, each request will need a 49-cent Swap Fee (or a “Free Swap” earned by sending a book with Printable Postage).
Read about the different membership options here.
- If you want a book that is not currently available, you can place it on your Wish List and we will notify you by email when it is available for you to order. You can even have it sent to you automatically when it becomes available, with no email necessary.
- When a book is requested from you, we notify you by email, provide the address for you to send it out, and even provide a wrapper!
- wrap and mail your book. You can even print postage directly onto the wrapper!
- When the requestor receives it, you earn 1 credit (2 if it is an audio book). Yes, you pay the postage to send out your books, but when you request a book, the sender pays the shipping!
- The books you receive from the club are yours. We hope that you will repost them to share with other members when you have read them, but you can certainly keep them, or give them away. Similarly, the books you send out to others belong to their new owners.
PaperBackSwap is a great way to share books with people all over the country!
So, this is how I buy a lot of my books, and how I get rid of the ones I know I’m not going to keep. Sometimes our local public library has really good book sales, and I’ll pick up some titles and then swap them on Paperback Swap to earn more credits.
They also run a site called Swap A DVD, but I don’t watch many movies, and the ones I watch I usually keep.
P.S. I’d LOVE a chair like this, wouldn’t you?