Guys I’m so excited!! So I was thinking the other day, how am I going to get rid of all these books I have without necessarily donating them, and I wasn’t too keen on selling them on like Amazon or something…I wanted a kind of swapping website where I could send books out and order some in return. And I found exactly that! When the idea popped into my head, I was thinking it would be like I could only swap with someone if I wanted a book they had and they wanted one that I had, but this isn’t like that at all.
The website I found is called PaperBackSwap. It goes by a credit system. So you list your books by ISBN and when people request them, you mail them out. Then when they receive it, you get a credit to request a book from someone else. Any book. There is no concept of price- each listed book is one credit (but audiobooks are two credits). People list all kinds of bindings- so hardcovers, paperbacks, mass market paperbacks, library bindings (which I hate)…all the same price! One credit! It’s great. There is also an option to print the shipping label with prepaid postage right at your house so you can just drop it off at the mailbox without going to a Post Office. I used that when selling mine.
The awesome thing is how fast it is. Or at least for me. I listed about 4 things at first and one was requested mere seconds after listing. Another was put on hold, which means the buyer has 48 hours to make a final decision. In the space of maybe one hour I sold two books and now I have another on hold. Being the eager beaver that I am I already shipped them off and got the credits. With that and the initial 2 credits I got for listing 10 books, I was able to get 4 books for around $8! That was for the shipping. Shipping for me was $3.72 plus a fee to pay for PBS dollars, which is basically moving money into your PBS account. You can use this to pay postage and even buy credits- which is a great deal. Credits are about $3.95 unless you buy in bulk. So think- there are a lot of books out there that you can get for $4 that would actually be worth a lot more! So all told, I was able to request 7 books today for around $20 (including the 2 free credits). I have yet to see the quality of these books, but there are guidelines about what you can list. There can’t be any writing, highlighting, water damage, no missing covers, and they can’t be ARCs (unfortunately). So it’s by the honor code, but they really push you to be honest.
This is a really great idea and you should definitely check it out if you have books you no longer want. As for me, here is my profile and my shelf. I currently have 8 books up (not including the one on hold) including The Angel Experiment and The Cider House Rules, both very good books. I’ll probably add more in the future, especially as I regulate my series. I have quite a few paperbacks where there should be hardcovers, and vice versa. And I often get duplicates as gifts.
Isn’t this a great idea? I’m sorry I didn’t find it sooner! Tell me if you decide to list some books or if you already have an account so I can have a look.
And spread the word!