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Subject: Swap paperbacks to ebooks
Date Posted: 1/22/2012 11:43 AM ET
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I have about 600 paperbacks.  I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas.   Not sure what to do with my paperbacks now.  Are there any places that will swap or buy paperbacks to ebooks?  Thank you. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:32 PM ET
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If you figure your costs out, you can trade books here and then sell the credits. You'd want to make sure you figure in the Media Mail increase coming up, and you won't be able to price too high, as you'll have competition. I did that with a lot of mine.

You can sell them on ebay, or Amazon. Amazon has a 'trade in' account, as sometimes they're looking for books. That's a hit-and-miss type of thing.

You can check your used book store and see if they're buying.

There's Cash4Books Here. But I've never used them.

You could save them for a spring garage sale.

I don't know of any place that trades paperbacks to ebooks. Both sides will deal in cash, and only physical books can be traded. Ebooks are only loaned out.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 1:36 PM ET
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The reality of selling on Amazon, Half.com, or Ebay is that once it's all said and done, you net about 15-30 cents a book and that's hoping someone wants the title you're offering. Garage sale prices run in that 25-75 cents range as well. Your best bet is to donate them and take the tax deduction.

But let me ask, why trade them all in and buy new copies of things you already own? Why not read down your TBR and just buy new things on the ereader or get stuff from the library on there? There are a number of excellent libraries who for a fee of 35-50 a year will give you unlimited downloads out of their collections... and let me promise you, you'd be surprised what they will carry in digital format that they won't put out on the shelves in paper LOL. There's some Smutty Librarians out there! I love my Nook and prefer to read on it, but what I've been doing is alternating a paper TBR with a Nook library download and when my paper TBR is empty, then I'll switch that to paper library book, Nook library download (for the stuff the online libraries don't have).

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 2:23 PM ET
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I got rid of ALL my Books & DVDs on PBS & Sister site.  Sold the Crs thru PBS & SaDVD for eGift cards from Amazon & purchased ebooks with the gift cards....  Win --- Win

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 2:25 PM ET
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I am getting nervous as my Kindle is already filling up fast LOL...I was going to try to sell them on half.com but am having separation anxiety...can't seem to decide which ones to let go.  I thought about posting them all on here but wasn't sure what to do with all the credits.  Do people buy them? I have seen posts on Book Bazaar but wasn't sure how successful it was. I do like the idea of reading one on kindle then a paperback. I may try that.  Not sure my TBR pile will ever disappear. Thank you for the responses.  Truly appreciated.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 2:40 PM ET
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Barbara - how do you change the credits into amazon gift cards?  This sounds like the way to go.   Thanks!

 

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 2:49 PM ET
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Just offer to sell credits on book bazaar forum and say that the payment you will accept is an amazon gift card.   The person interested in buying your credits will PM you to get your email address.   They will go to amazon and purchase an e-gift card and it will show up instantly in your email.  

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I think this is what I will try.  Next thing is to get the 600 books listed.....ugh....

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 1:05 PM ET
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MK,

Before you post all your books to PBS, I think you should consider a few things.

Do you have a library card? If you don't, you should get one and see which books you library has in ebook form. Most libraries can now loan ebooks through Overdrive so you can start by getting rid of the paperback copies of books you can get from your library.

Once you determine which books you'd need to buy, then I suggest you start adding them to your Amazon WL to check the ebook prices and see if you are willing to pay them. Most ebooks from the big 6 publishing houses are priced at $6.99 or above, which is almost double the price of a credit so in a sense, you won't be able to 'trade' a paperback for an ebook. If you are willing to pay the full price for an ebook, then you should be good to go. But if you're not, then you should take further steps. There are tons of sales out there, so you may find that books you have on your TBR are at a decent price. I've found tons in the $2.99 and below range.

Once you determine which books you can get from your library and which ones are at a decent price you are willing to pay, then you should think about reading the expensive ones in paperbacks. You already have the a print copy so why pay $10 or above for an ebook?



Last Edited on: 1/24/12 1:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/24/2012 2:16 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all the good advice.  There are some that I probably can't list here - I have had them for 20 + years because "I might read that some day" and they don' t even have ISB's they are so old LOL.....

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 3:01 PM ET
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Warning....Warning....Warning!

Be aware that there is a pretty good chance that if you post that many books here at once that a number are going to be scarffed up quickly because they are on someone's Wishlist.  That could mean some significant postage costs up front.

-RD

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 3:58 PM ET
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I wouldn't immediately give the hardcopies up.  I know some people read exclusively EReader, but there are many people (like myself), who use both.

Keep in mind that if you've already purchased the books and then you buy them for the EReader, you're probably paying double (once for the hardcopy, a second time for the digital copy).  So it may be worth your while to hold onto books you haven't read yet.

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 5:56 PM ET
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thekoose answered before I checked back in LOL  

I would take the ones without ISB#   To a local Used Book store!  Esp IF they are in good condition!  You may not get much but it be cash...that could help with postage LOL    IF You have series post them in the Bazzare say 10 books for 8 crs  ....  save postage!  I shipped 31 PB Cat Who  to 1 person  for $5!!  Tho this was a few yrs ago I sure 1 book at at time would cost at least $1.50 each!