Paperback Book Swap: Give a book, Get a book
Difficulty: 2 (EASY)
Initial Investment: 0 (LOW)
Location: REMOTE, WORK FROM HOME, ONLINE
Good for: Students, Retirees, Parents, Writers, ALL
Love the classy look of fine black print on a white page, the feel of a creased spine in your hand? That great feeling of a good book never seems to go away. (Or love the sound of great audio books?) A Book Swap or Book Exchange is a great, budget friendly way to go.
Avid Readers: Apply here
IF you are an “avid reader”–and that means consuming as many as three books a week or more–and eReaders leave you cold, but the price of new books leave you even colder, a book swap is for you–try Paperbackswap.com.
Book swapping is great for you and all old school voracious readers out there. Especially as book prices rise–and rise (thanks, inflation!). If you are a parent on a budget, consider swapping books.
But is PaperbackSwap legit? YES. See below!
You can satisfy your paperback books (and audio books and hardbacks and textbooks) appetite and keep your hard earned green cash while keeping your house organized and book pile free. How? Join a Book Swap at PaperbackSwap.com.
There’s a nifty online “book” guide that takes you through the easy steps page by page, but it basically comes down to some pretty simple rules:
HOW TO: Trading Books with an Online Book Swap Club
- LIST a book or audio book you want to swap. Listing your books is easy.
- Get a request, then MAIL to the club member. You pay postage.
- CHOOSE from over 1,000,050 available books!
- RECEIVE your book, postage-paid.
Keeping, Trading, or even SELLING Books from the Book Swap
The Paperback Book Swaps you request are yours to keep, swap, or even SELL on another site, like Sellyourbackyourbook.com (or Amazon, of course, or others)! You can USE SCOUTIQ.com or other app to determine the value of the book and what it sells for.
You can also make friends along the way: when you’ve added members to your Friends list, you can see if they’re online, and browse their Bookshelves. Find out ways to add friends.
IS PaperbackSwap Legit? A Word from the Founder–It’s Legit!
Richard Pickering, the founder of PaperbackSwap.com, and its sister sites, SwapaCD.com and SwapaDVD.com, explains, “As people try to save more and more money during these difficult economic times, these new clubs allow people to swap with each other for free! No gotchas, no gimmicks, no SPAM, no kidding! These are real clubs for real people!”. This site has been around for many years (since 2004), and has stood the test of time.
Love to read and need some extra cash? Get PAID to review books.
Members can transfer credits between sites — and it’s easy to register on all three sites at the same time. If you like the site enough, consider spreading the word and earn free credits and PBS money that way.
Who is the Founder anyway and what are they all about?
The founder, Pickering, applied and received patents with the US Patent Office that involve the swapping process of books, CDs and DVDs. Pickering still runs the company currently. But don’t take his word for it! Here is the Wikipedia page for PaperBackSwap, which discusses the site thoroughly, its founding and the founder and its legitimacy in more detail.
READER TIP: See the Wikipedia page for PaperBackSwap here, which talks about the site and founder in more detail.
Where to Look for Swapping Books
Love to write and think up new names? Create and register your own hashtag here.
Consider Creating your OWN Book Swap
OF course, you could also create your own book share / book swap with some friends and family, or even neighbors. The Little Free Library movement is based on a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
They grant 24/7 book access and promote reading in areas with a high need for free books.
Little Free Library grants FREE Little Free Libraries full of books to urban, suburban, rural, and Indigenous communities that could use more books.
OR, Host a Book Swap Party (FREE Gifts!)
You could also invite your friends and neighbors to a book swap party. Popular blogger Everyday Reader details how to do this. 21 people showed up to her party and they even wrapped their books as pretty gifts. Why? Because Reading is BEAUTIFUL and people love a new book, especially one that someone else has loved and cherished.
Swapping Books… AND Clothes
Lots of communities have clothing swap parties and a book swap could be something similar (OR, think of combining the two). Think of ways to include people who might not otherwise have access to good books, or house bound neighbors or elderly friends who love to read.
Local is Best
For example, Dayton, Ohio, has its own $1 Book Swap, and it’s open every weekend. When you go there, they sell ALL books for $1, and also have bags of kid’s books for only $10. They accept trade ins, too. $1 DVDs, CDs, VHS, & Software are also available.
Summing It ALL Up
Hopefully, by now you are no longer wondering is Paperback Swap legit and is it worth your time and effort. You can always host your own book swap party or book swap club, too. There’s money to be saved, and money to be made if you take the time to check it out. So, SWAP OFTEN and ENJOY READING!
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