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Cool Tools: PaperBackSwap

Reflections (Website) - 7/5/2010 by Jennifer
At our house, we love books and we have lots of them. Too many, probably. (Please don't tell my husband I just admitted that!)

Do you have any used books lying around? Ones you've already enjoyed, but you're never going to read again? I did, and a friend recently showed me a great way to share them with other people!

It seems that a few guys were sitting around one night talking about all the paperback books they had purchased over the years while traveling on business. Each of them had a large stack of books that they had read, so they decided to set up a website at PaperBack Swap that allows all of us to swap books with each other.

Here's how it works: I listed a bunch of books on the site (listing 10 books gets the first member in your household 2 free credits!) and I got 2 free book credits to get started. So you can order 2 books right away - free of charge - and have them mailed directly to you! No strings attached. No gimmicks. No spam mail. Nothing. One of our first books we requested was a $40 book!

When another member selects one of my books that I have listed, I mail it to them. Yes, I pay for the postage. But then I get another book credit and I can select a book that I want. So another Club Member returns the favor and mails me one of his or her books free of charge. For every book I mail out, I get another book in return.

When someone requests one of your books, all you have to do is print the mailing slip from the website, which includes the mailing address and the recommended postage. Apply the postage, and drop it in the mail.

Another homeschool mom told me about this and she was able to get a bunch of her school books this way. If you're interested, please check it out using this link. (If you use this link to join, I'll get a free book when you post your first ten books and you'll still get free books for posting them!)

For more information about the site, you can visit the Help area and select 'About PBS' to read how it works. Happy swapping!

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