Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Benefits of PaperBackSwap

I heard about PaperBackSwap from Carol, but at the time I was living in Brazil and couldn’t participate. Now that I’m in the U.S. for a year I decided to sign up. The books are “free” but the sender pays the postage, which actually comes out to $2 or $3 per credit earned. It is labor intensive at first. (I mailed five books before I received even one.) But now I’ve got “credits” and almost weekly receive a wished-for book. What a blast to get books that have been on my TBR list for many years with so little effort on my part. If you don’t want to bother mailing out books, you can even buy credits for $3.50. That’s a pretty good deal for books that are shipped right to your door. You pay no postage for books received.

Books I’ve already received:
Towers in the Mist by Goudge (You can never have enough Goudge.)
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (My first book by this author.)
Committed to Memory –John Hollander (poetry)
The King’s Swift Rider – Mollie Hunter (Historic novel of Robert the Bruce)
The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban (children’s lit)
The Calling – John Hershey (story of a missionary to China.)

Books that are in the mail to me:
The Top 500 Poems - Harmon
My Utmost for His Highest (leather edition!)
This Day with the Master – Kinlaw (another favorite devotional book)
Great Books by Denby (an adult goes back to college to study the “great books”.)
The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord (one of my favorite events of WWII)
O Jerusalem! (the birth of the nation of Israel)
All this because I mailed out a dozen books I no longer needed. Pretty neat!


Carol in Oregon said...

What fun! I was a Paperbackswap evangelist at the bank today. I think two tellers might sign up. I don't think I've read Towers in the Mist...better add it to my wish list.

You make me smile, Hope.

Brittanie said...

I am on PaperBackSwap too. :)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I love Paperbackswap, too! :-)

Emily J. said...

I'll have to check this out! But there aren't too many books here that I want to part with . . .