As much as I love my kids, I look forward to the time after they’ve gone to sleep so I can curl up with a good book and unwind. My reading tastes range from the Twilight series and John Grisham to the latest business bible and the occasional programming text. If your library does not reside on one of the e-readers pictured or you prefer the feel of physical books, then you are familiar with overflowing bookcases or stacks of books blocking the path to your favorite reading chair. Be honest, how many times have you actually re-read a book that was not a bedtime story for the kids? The reality is they just gather dust and take up space after I am finished reading them.
As I have become more eco-conscious, I decided to see what I can do about trading the books in my library and saving money on my ever growing wish list. I was excited to find so many options to swap books with other bookworms for the cost of shipping. If your kids are budding bookworms, you can list their books too!
How it Works
- List the books you want to give away to other members. Some book swap sites let you trade DVDs along with audio and textbooks.
- When a member requests a book you listed, you are notified and you mail them the book. The only cost to you is postage.
- You can also create wish lists of the titles you want to receive, saving you and your family money.
Membership is free. Some operate on points and you pay for shipping the book you requested, others make you pay to mail the book you listed. Try them out and pick the one that works for you. If you are already using a book swap site I have not mentioned, let me know in the comments.
- Bookins.com Trade books and DVDs. Recipient pays $4.49 flat rate for each book received regardless of weight, eliminates all interactions between traders, great for anti-social souls.
- Booksfreeswap.com Trade books and audio books, recipient pays for shipping.
- Paperbackswap.com Trade books including hard cover, audio, and textbooks using book credits. Pay for postage on the books you mail, free to receive books on your wish list.
- Bookmooch.com Pay postage for the books you mail. Use your book points or give them away to charities like the Library Fund so a sick kid can get a free book delivered to their bed, I like that this site boosts personal karma.
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