Paperback Swap

April 8, 2009

I never thought I’d say this but, I enjoy reading. I like a good mystery or thiller novel like those from Harlan Coben or Michael Connelly, but I also try to read at least one Personal Finance book a month. After reading a review of How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously over at Get Rich Slowly, I decided to add it to my on-deck stack. My wife and I stopped buying brand new books, for the most part, a couple of years ago, and began using the public library. We’ve also picked up books at Flea Markets and such, but for the past year we’ve bpbsoth gotten the majority of our books from Paperback Swap.

If you never used the service it is basically just what the name implies, a website where you log in and post all of your books you’re willing to swap with others for their posted books. The service is very simple to understand and is free to register and swap books. The only cost is the postage to mail your books to other members, which I’ve never had cost more the $2.58 for Media Mail from the USPS for a larger hardcover book. Most small paperbacks can be mailed First Class for around $2.00. When you mail a book your account receives a credit which you can then use to order a book from another member. It’s easy, convenient and helps clear the bookshelf of books you’ve already read to make room for those you want to read next.

I definitely recommend the service and use it quite often. In the time it took me to write this post I searched for, found, requested, and received an email confirmation that the above referenced book will be mailed to me by another member.