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Save Money On Summer Reads By Swapping, Selling Old Books

Daily Press.com (Newspaper) - 5/12/2009 by By Nicole Paitsel
There's no better beach accessory than a good book. It's even better if that book is free or discounted.

Of course, the library is your best bet for scoring free reads. But if you're looking to enhance your personal library, there are many avenues for getting a discounted book.

Here are a few methods that may be new to you.

Swap on the Internet
There are a number of book trading Web sites. Among the most popular sites are paperbackswap.com, bookmooch.com and frugalreader.com. All three sites operate in a similar manner. When you post your books to the Web site and mail them to other members, you earn points that can be used toward new books.

It's free to register with these trading Web sites, but you must pay to ship your books to other members (usually around $2.50).

The Web site swaptree.com is another entertainment trading engine. This site helps you print the proper shipping labels from home and offers you ways to earn free shipping.

If you're interested in reading the classics (books that have an expired copyright), check out gutenberg.org. The site has collected more than 28,000 books and offers digital copies for free.