Of Marriage and Mansions (Swap It or Pay It Forward Week)
I received Keeping the House from www.paperbackswap.com. This is an online book club where you swap used books with other members. I’ve been a member since 2008 and have received (and sent) about 120 books. It’s so easy to do. When you sign up, you must post ten books you are willing to trade. Once you have those first ten books posted, you automatically get two book credits and can start “shopping” right away. You search for the books you want and click a button to request them. Once accepted, the sender mails the book to you. Likewise, when someone requests one of your books, you must mail them to the requestor in an allotted amount of time, usually two days. Using media mail rates saves you money. The rate depends on the weight of the book, but my books usually cost about $3.50 to send. That’s a small price for a book!
If you cannot find the book you want, you can place it on a “wish list” and you will receive an email once it becomes available. Not all books are paperback either. I requested the hardback version of Keeping the House.
Although the books are all used, they must be in good condition to swap. I haven’t received a bad book yet. You can also create conditions under which you are willing to accept the books. For example, many people are allergic to smoke and request books from non-smoking homes only.
Paperbackswap.com is a whole little community. There is a nominal yearly fee for joining the club, but it's well worth it. You can make friends, read or write reviews on books. You can join discussion forums, or view popular book lists, and even trade recipes. You can get involved as much or as little as you want. They also have a sister site where you can swap DVDs. Check it out at www.paperbackswap.com
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