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SnakesCatLady
08-14-2006, 11:04 PM
I have recently become a member of PaperbackSwap.com (http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php) and I asked and received mod permission to post it on the SDMB. The deal is: joining is free, and you get three free credits for signing up. You post books you are willing to send to another member, and select from over 600,000 books for a member to send to you. Each time a member receives a book you send, you get another credit. When you receive a book from another member, you go to the website, tell them you got the book, and the member gets a credit. All you pay is postage. The website specifies that the books must be in good condition, and I have yet to receive one that wasn't. If you wish, you can specify that books be from a non-smoking household.

The books are sent Media Mail, and I believe the highest postage I have paid was about $3. You aren't limited to paperbacks - you can post and select hardbacks, also, although the postage for those is a bit higher. Standard paperback postage runs about $2.07. The website had a feature where you can print out wrappers pre-printed with the address to send it to and your return address.

I really enjoy being a member. It has enabled me to thin out my bookshelves of books I will never read again in exchange for books I want to read. And it's lots of fun (for me anyway) getting packages from all over the country! In addition, I have found some books I've been looking for for ages, and didn't have to pay full bookstore prices for them! I mostly read sci fi/fantasy, but have gotten some mysteries in series I like - there is a very wide selection to chose from - from children's books to religion to romance to self-help... .

And if you wish, you can put me (Snakescatlady) as a reference - it gets me an extra credit. That is not required to join.

If anyone decides to join, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

IvoryTowerDenizen
08-14-2006, 11:07 PM
Cool- what do the credits do for you? Is it like a rating system (like eBay)?

SnakesCatLady
08-14-2006, 11:10 PM
Cool- what do the credits do for you? Is it like a rating system (like eBay)?

Each credit means you can choose a book. You start with three free credits, so you can choose three books before anyone selects a book from the ones you have posted. After those three are gone, you have to wait until a member chooses a book you have posted to get another credit. 1 credit = 1 book, although I believe you can purchase additional credits. I haven't investigated that as I have been sending out an average of three books a week since I joined.

SnakesCatLady
08-14-2006, 11:13 PM
Oh yes - forgot to mention - when you post a book as being available for another member to select, you get the chance to leave a review of the book. So if you're thinking about a book and aren't sure if you want it, you may have the chance to read what someone else thought of it. Reviews aren't required, and not all books wil have them. When I first joined I posted about 50 books in one night, and didn't want to take the time to write a review of each one!

Posting books is easy - you just type in the ISBN number.

LiveOnAPlane
08-15-2006, 02:39 AM
Dang. If only I'd have had known of this about 3 months ago...

But thanks!

Starving Artist
08-15-2006, 03:41 AM
Very cool site! Thank you for the info. I'll be joining soon as I've already found several books I've been wanting.

IvoryTowerDenizen
08-15-2006, 09:08 AM
Each credit means you can choose a book. You start with three free credits, so you can choose three books before anyone selects a book from the ones you have posted. After those three are gone, you have to wait until a member chooses a book you have posted to get another credit. 1 credit = 1 book, although I believe you can purchase additional credits. I haven't investigated that as I have been sending out an average of three books a week since I joined.


Oh, OK! That way it's equitable- people just don't take others' books, they have to be part of the process.

Cool.

XaMcQ
08-15-2006, 09:57 AM
I love paperbackswap.com. I've been a member about six months and I've trades over a hundred books: 62 mailed out, 51 received. It's fabulous. Especially nice to me is that I no longer need to feel the slightest bit guilty about grabbing a brand new romance, mystery or other 'junk-food' type book to kill a few hours, because I can always swap it. I don't lose a dime, because eventually I will end up with a book I love and want to keep.

gigi
08-15-2006, 11:07 AM
That's cool, espcially the book wrapper part. Have you used those and if so, do you find that things make it OK?

XaMcQ
08-15-2006, 11:46 AM
That's cool, espcially the book wrapper part. Have you used those and if so, do you find that things make it OK?

I've used them and they work fairly well for the average-sized paperback. But after seeing several requests from people in rainy, snowy or generally wet locales to add a layer of plastic wrap to protect from water damage, I just switched to padded mailing envelopes. I can get them 4 for a dollar at my favorite discount store. I still print the wrapper out, but now I just fold it and tape it to the envelope. :)

Pixisis
08-15-2006, 11:47 AM
now I can thin my bookshelves guilt free ... thanks !

hawksgirl
08-15-2006, 11:48 AM
Paperback swap? I'll stick with Bookcrossing, thanks.

Greywolf73
08-15-2006, 04:14 PM
Heh! I was going to email the mods and ask permission to post the very same thing. I joined it a couple of weeks ago--loving it so far. Already sent out 5 books and have several on the way to me. I got the first one yesterday. Pretty sweet deal just having to pay for postage to send books out. It's far better than Amazon!

Hanna
08-15-2006, 07:48 PM
I signed up! I will admit to being a book hoarder - I have problems letting go. But i'd like to free up some of my space, and save some money on new reads, too.

AuntiePam
08-15-2006, 11:55 PM
Have the books you received been in reasonably good condition?

Marlitharn
08-16-2006, 05:46 AM
I've been a member for several months and I really enjoy it. The books I've gotten have generally been in pretty good condition, and I can browse around and take chances on books that I wouldn't necessarily want to buy, or that aren't available in our pitifully small public library. If I find I don't like them I can just re-post them and get something else.

SnakesCatLady
08-16-2006, 09:07 AM
Have the books you received been in reasonably good condition?

All of the ones I have received have been in at least good condition, and a couple have looked brand new. I got a copy of Jimmy Buffett's "A Pirate Looks at Fifty" that doesn't appear to even have been opened. In hardback!

IvoryTowerDenizen
08-16-2006, 02:21 PM
Paperback swap? I'll stick with Bookcrossing, thanks.


And what is that? Would love to know!

ddgryphon
08-17-2006, 12:57 AM
Very cool, I"m a member now too.

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