Paperback Swap

Paperback Swap is my favorite way to evolve a home library. Since we live in Germany our selection of books in English is somewhat limited. The library on the base tends to have books with recent copyrights, there is a thrift store that has a decent collection, and there is a book store on the base. Of course I also order books through Amazon.

Paperbackswap is for trading books and membership is around $20 per year. After getting an account members type in the ISBN #'s of the books they are willing to send to someone else. It costs around $2.50 to mail a book. Each time a book is received, the member who sent the book receives one credit. One book costs one credit.

The key to trading books this way is patience. It can take several months for books to be requested. In addition, popular books that are requested can have long waiting lists. If you are interesting in evolving your at home library this is a great way to do it.

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  1. This sounds like a great service! What books are on your list?

    1. Here's my list.

      Some of the books are great books of which I have managed to obtain two copies, and others are books we are finished with and I would like to trade for different books.

      I'm not sure I would recommend all the books I have on paperbackswap. You may have seen my huge book list:

      I would recommend these.

  2. I've heard of this before, but have never done it. Sounds like a great option! Thanks for sharing it with all of us at Trivium Tuesdays!


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