Happy late Easter everyone! It was a crazy weekend full of friends and good times here . . . but more about that in future posts.
Back when we started up the book club, we found this PaperBackSwap concept pretty interesting (it’s actually on our links). None of us signed up for it initially though. That is, until Amanda wrote about it the other day and it renewed my interest in it. I decided to go ahead and take the plunge and try it out. I listed my 10 books, got 2 book credits for free and instantly started getting requests for my books to be swapped. This spurred a bit of an addiction. I swept our house looking for books I was willing to part with to list on the website! Sadly, they do not allow you to list any books with highlighting or underlining, which ruled out a few of my options. The books also don’t have to be paperback, they can be hard cover or audio books (which you get two credits for).
This service is completely free except for the postage which you can choose to do yourself at the post office or use their postage program that will print out the postage needed for the book on the wrapper that you mail the book from. For saving time and being more efficient with mailing out the books, I decided to go with the postage printed on the book wrapper, even though it’s $.27 more expensive.
I have now received 5 books and sent off 6 books with great success. I particularly like that you can add books to the ‘wish list’ so that you get in line to receive a book once it’s posted. This allowed me to get in line for some books on there that are popular and therefore do not stay listed long.
The thing that I like the most about this whole system is that you are getting a book for book trade, unlike taking your books to sell at Half Price Books where they give you a very small percentage of what the book is actually worth. I know Half Price gives you cash, but usually I just go and spend that cash on books again, spending additional on top of whatever I just received. If you’re a reader, I definitely recommend trying this site out! My ‘nickname’ is elizabethcarroll, if you want to use my name as a referral (ok – so it turns out that I get a book credit for everyone that lists me as a referral – so please, if you sign up after learning about this from me, list my nickname)!