Everyone should know by now that I am a book-lover at heart. I am not a collector of anything but I think I may have been a book hoarder if you had seen all the books I owned a few years back. I used to spend tons of money buying every great novel out there but about three years ago I changed my ways. I sold a giant bookcase I had and needed to do something with my books. If it was a wonderful book, I kept it. If not, I listed it on www.paperbackswap.com. (Which also has hardcover and audio books for swap!) I started swapping books at that time and haven’t looked back since. By that, I mean that I have not purchased a new book in over three years. All I pay is $2-3 for shipping a book out to the requestee. I pay not a dime for the books that are sent to me.
Check out my stats:
Map of where books were sent to me from
Sometimes you have to get on a waiting list for a book you want and it can take several weeks or even months, but I don’t mind. I always have a stack of books to read ;) I typically request a book as soon as I hear about it and wait patiently for it to come. Once the book is sent to you, it is yours to keep. Several I have kept for myself, several I have re-listed for someone else to enjoy.
If you are interested in swapping books, I highly recommend Paperbackswap.com. My bookshelf is here, several of these books have been listed for a long time but slowly but surely they are finding new homes.
Are you already using paperbackswap? If so, please let me know so I can check out your bookshelf and possibly request books from you :)