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If you’re an avid reader and book-lover like I am, your bookshelf is probably crammed with dozens of books. Mine is filled with several of my favorites, of course, but also dozens of old textbooks and cheap paperbacks I
have never even opened probably won’t ever read again. Books that have been packed and moved and unpacked 6 times in the last 4 years. In my never-ending quest to get organized (and spend less money on moving boxes), I’ve decided to do something about all the books that I don’t use and are just sitting there collecting dust.
Of course I considered selling them or donating them, but I’ve discovered something better: swapping them.
PaperBackSwap is an online “book club,” where members can exchange books they’ve already read with other members.
Want to get started? First, sign up for an account. Then, list all the books you’re willing to swap. As a bonus, PaperBackSwap will give you two free book credits once you list your first 10 books, which are good for any books listed on the site. Search for available books by title, author, or genre, and then simply order the book and wait for it to arrive in your mailbox! The books you order are yours — so once you finish you can choose to keep it, give it away, or swap it again!
If any fellow users want to order one of your books, PaperBackSwap will notify you so you can ship it out to them. Once they get your book, you’ll receive a credit for another book (one book = one credit)!
While membership is free, you do have to pay postage for the books you send (you don’t have to pay shipping on books you order), but that’s still a whole lot cheaper than buying books (even used ones) every time you want something new to read!
Despite its name, PaperBackSwap isn’t just for paperback books — you can swap hardcovers, audio books, or even old textbooks (which is perfect for the new semester)!
PaperBackSwap saves tress (book recycling, yo!), helps keep your shelves less cluttered, and is a great way to get lots of new books to read without spending a lot of money. Definitely a great find for all the book worms out there!
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