If you're like me, you have stacks of books lying around your home. There are books I've read and loved, books I've read and loathed, books I couldn't finish, and books I have yet to stick my nose in. While I can't bear to part with several beloved pageturners, there are several books that I'm more than willing to get rid of. Here's the thing though: I don't want to just toss them out. I don't want to throw them into a garage sale or take them to a used bookstore where they might sit and collect dust. I want them to end up in the deserving hands of a reader who really wants to read that particular book.
My mom introduced me to PaperBack Swap this evening. And, oh! what a great website it is. It's rather simple.
Here's how it works. You list a bunch of books on the site. If you're the first member in your household to list 10 books, you get 2 free credits right off the bat. (My mom beat me to it... so I didn't get those credits.) But if you do get the 2 free book credits, you can order 2 books right away--free of charge--and have them mailed directly to you. No strings attached. No gimmicks. No spam. Nothing.
When another member of the site selects one of your books that you've listed, you mail the book to them. You pay for the postage, but in return you get a free book credit and can select a book that you want. So then another member returns the favor and mails you one of their books free of charge. For every book you mail out, you get another one in return.
When someone requests one of your books, all you have to do is print two pieces of regular paper from your printer which includes the mailing address and the recommended postage. Apply the postage and drop it in the mail. For typical paperbacks, you don't even need to venture to the post office.
If you love to read and save money at the same time, you've gotta check this out.
And if you do decide to sign up, please use the following link:
If you use the link above to join, I'll get a free book when you post your first 10 books. (And you'll still get 2 free books for posting those 10!)
Get swapping, bookworms!
P.S. I'm not being paid money to advertise PaperBackSwap.com on my blog. The only reward I get would be a book credit from having someone like you sign up and mention me as a referral. I'm sharing about this website because it's something I think is really great. It's a win-win for readers around the world to be able to share books. It'll free up space on your bookshelf and get your nose into a new pageturner.
Do it depending on your mood. It's a good idea though for summer.
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