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A "Free Swap" can be used along with Book Credit(s) to make a book request. It replaces the 49-cent Swap Fee.

All members who are not enrolled in Standard Membership must pay a 49-cent swap fee (along with Book credits) when submitting a book request. If the member has a Free Swap to use, s/he can use that instead of the 49-cent Swap Fee.

Enrollment in Standard Annual Membership grants unlimited fee-free swapping for the year - meaning, Standard Members use only Book Credits to request books, and do not ever pay Swap Fees for Book Requests.

Limited Annual Membership comes with 30 "Free Swaps" per year- meaning, Limited Members can make 30 requests for books per year using only Book Credits (and no swap fees).

"Free Swaps" are added to your account when

  • You enroll in Limited Annual Membership (that adds 30 Free Swaps/year)

  • You enroll in Standard Annual Membership (that makes your Free Swaps unlimited for the year)

  • You mail a shipment with Printable Postage. Please note that the "courtesy printing" (monthly for Standard Membership, quarterly for Limited Membership) does NOT grant a Free Swap, since there is no Postage Printing Fee associated with that mailing.

    • Note: Free Swaps are earned per shipment (unlike Book Credits, that are earned per book). So, one mailing containing multiple books will earn credit for each book, and one Free Swap.

    • This is also how Free Swapa are used: if you request one shipment containing multiple books, you pay the credits for all the books, plus one Free Swap for the one shipment.

  • You buy a Book Credit in the Kiosk (each one comes with 1 Free Swap)

  • You refer a new member to the club (eligible, completed referrals grant referral credit, and referral credits come with 1 Free Swap)



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