My wife and I live in a townhouse that we rent. It’s not huge but has always been enough space for us with two bedrooms upstairs along with a downstairs area consisting of a kitchen/dining area and a family room. Just over a year ago we had our first child. The second bedroom that had been used as an office/den/storage area become our son’s room. We quickly learned how much space we would need for our son’s furniture, clothes, and toys. We started to realize that the baby’s room would no longer suffice as nursery and storage area for all our extra items. One item we noticed that took up a lot of room were the paperback books we never read anymore.
We hated to just give them away considering how much we had spent buying them over the years. We also knew that we couldn’t store them and purchase other books to read as well though because we just plain didn’t have the storage space. We were about to give them way to a local charity considering you can’t make much selling paperback books on Ebay, but then we came across a very useful site. It is called paperbackswap.com. What this site does is it enables people to trade books they’ve already read for books others have already read. The trades don’t happen directly. Instead to start out you need to sign up and post nine paper back books that you own are willing to ship to anyone else requesting that book. If you post nine books to begin with they give you three “credits”. With a credit you can order a book from someone else that has a book listed you wish to read. To request a book you trade in your credit. Then the person listing that book will ship it to you via media mail (shipper pays the cost and it’s usually about $1.50), and that person who was listing the book will have a credit added to their account.
As long as you have credits in your account you can order books from other people’s lists. If you run out of credits you can either wait until other people order one of the books off the list you posted, or you can even buy credits if you wish. You can buy five credits for $13.75, this is cheaper than you could buy paperback books for at your local book store, as this comes out to just under $2.80 per book you order. The books that are listed on paperbackswap.com are supposed to be in good quality with no water stains. If you have an issue with receiving a damaged book there is a process where you can file a complaint.
Overall we found this as a great option for us. We could list as many books as we wished and let the credits build up. Then when we saw a book we wanted we just ordered it off the website and it received within a week or two to our mail box. No longer did we have to worry about having boxes of books we would no longer read around the house. If you have more credits in your account than you plan on using you can even give them to anyone at paperbackswap.com that you put on your buddy list. My wife and her cousin have taken advantage of this option when one is low on credits and the other has more than they need. Overall paperbackswap.com is a good way to save some money and storage space at the same time.