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Swap Books And Save Money : Online Book Swapping And Exchange Sites

Squidoo.com (Website) - 3/23/2010 by SudokuNut
Book Swapping Saves Readers Money
Book are expensive, especially if you have a habit of devouring them at the rate I do. Spending $1000 a year on books is easy to do and then what? They sit on the shelf gathering dust until the day when you just might want to read it again...which in most cases, never comes.

Well, I found a better way and it saves me time, money and does a little bit for the environment at the same time.

I discovered the joys of online book swapping!
Contents at a Glance
Why Swap Books Online
Exchanging Books Sounds Interesting...Where Can I Do It?!
Paperback Swap : The Best Book Swapping Service
Book Mooch : International Book Swapping Service
Bookins : Exchange Books Online
Frugal Reader - Online Book Sharing Site
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Why Swap Books Online
How A Book Exchange Site Can Save You Money, Declutter Your Home And Be Eco Friendly
So why swap your books online? What are the advantages of online book swapping sites over traditional book stores, libraries, used book shops and suchlike? Well, here's what I love.

If you like brand new books then you're not going to like book swapping sites. These revolve around recycling books from one user to the next in a one for one trade. If you're a new book fiend then book swapping is not for you.

For the rest of us, trading books will save you at least half to two-thirds the price of buying new books which can amount to saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

A book swapping site is like a giant used book store. Used book stores save you money but their selection is pretty much pot luck. You can usually trade your old books here for new ones (although they'll often refuse anything they don't think they can sell) but the selection varies from day to day so there's a good chance you'll not find what you are looking for.



Book swapping sites are simply better than used book stores aside from the waiting for delivery bit.

Right now, one of my favorite swap sites is paperbackswap and they have over 2.5 million used books sitting in their system waiting to be traded. That's a huge selection so you're bound to find something you want to read out of all those. Better still, you can make a wishlist of books and be notified when a book does come into stock. This also helps you keep track of authors and books you want to read.

You get to keep the book too. Sure, libraries and great but their selections are limited, there are those late return fines and generally, library books are not very well cared for unfortunately.

Book swapping sites require a general quality standard from all book being exchanged through them. Ratty, dog-eared copies with broken spines and missing pages are not allowed and you will not receive such books.

Many book swapping sites have great community aspects as well, giving you the option to discuss the books you have read with other book lovers, share stories and opinions and meet other online readers who share your interests. Check out the forums at paperbackswap for example, for some lively discussions.

For me, I love saving money and I love the convenience of being able to declutter my bookshelves of old books whilst giving someone else the joy of reading them. I get to swap these books for new ones, save money in the process and do a little bit for the environment too by cutting down on paper wastage

Exchanging Books Sounds Interesting...Where Can I Do It?!
Some Of The Best Book Swapping Sites
So you like the idea of swapping books and are wondering where the best second hand book swapping sites to join are? Well, there are quite a few out there now but the following are, I believe, some of the best book exchange sites.
Paperback Swap : The Best Book Swapping Service
Book Swapping Made Easy
This is my favorite of all the paperback exchange sites. Oh, and its not just for paperbacks either, you'll find hardback books, used college textbooks, cookbooks and even swappable audiobooks all up for a swap here once you join and become a member.

Paperbackswap is an American book exchange site which is 100% free to join. All you need to a postbox and email address and some books to swap. There are no membership fees or anything else at this free book swapping club, all you are required to do is pay the postage when you send a book to another member and other members will do the same when they send books to you.

Free Books! As a welcome gift to the site, new members also get two free credits so they can start requesting books from the site straight away, once they have listed 10 of their own books they want to swap.

You can browse for books and request them directly when you have credits to 'pay' for them - you get one credit for each book you send out and every book you request will cost you one credit - so its a straight swap. Or, you can create a wishlist of books and authors you want to read, even if no one on the site currently has that book available to swap, and either set it to automatically request the book for you when it does become available or to just keep it as a wishlist which helps you keep track of books you haven't read and authors you want to check out.

A really nice thing about paperback swap is the option to pay for and print out postage directly through your printer. This means no waiting in line at the post office, you can just slap the printable postable label on your package and slip it in your mailbox for the postman to take away. You get instant credits this way too, so you can request a book for yourself immediately.

I really like the book swapping system and the community at paperbackswap and they always seem to be innovating new ways to make it even better. I wouldn't write off the other swapping sites out there either, I am a member of others too, but this one is my favorite.

Join PaperBackSwap Here