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Book Swapping – The perfect way to unload those books you never read

bookswappingAhh, book swapping. It is something that you usually do with your friends. You read a book; they read a book, and then you switch. It is an excellent way to get rid of crappy books you’ve never read or will never read again. πŸ™‚

While you need to get a physical book first, which may require an investment, you get a free book in return. Of course, you could get the first book for free to start with.

As I mentioned, book swapping is usually done in person with friends. But did you know that there are a couple of websites out there for book swapping? I honestly didn’t until I was researching for Book Blitz Month. The main thing about the book swap sites is that they are never entirely free. Usually, you have to pay to ship. But that’s not too bad for a book you want.




book crossing, book swap

This is the only one on the list that is a tad different. It is a lot like geocaching. You sign up for a free account. If you have books you are ready to get rid of; you get a free label for it. Once you have labeled your book, you “set it free” somewhere! Then someone else can find it.

It is a pretty cool concept, but doesn’t seem to have taken off. When I looked at books in Michigan, there were only 26 currently released in the entire state. Only one was near me, and it isn’t even really near me. Maybe you will have better luck, though!

Paperback Swap

Paperback Swap, book swap

This is a typical book swapping site. To first participate, you must give out a book before receiving one. On this site, though, you pay the shipping cost to ship your book to someone else. Once you have given out a book, you can request on of the 3 million available. Yes, 3 million! The basic concept is give a book get a book.

Book Mooch

Book Mooch, book swap

Honestly, I just like the name of this one. The word mooch makes me giggle.

This site is almost just like Paperback Swap. You pay for the shipping cost of shipping your book. The book you receive is free. What I like about this site is that you can enter the name of your books to swap and get a 10th of a point. So enter ten books, get 1 point. That way you don’t have to wait for someone to want your book. But for every two books you receive, you are required to give one book.

What’s on My Bookshelf

What's On My Bookshelf, book swap

Like the other two, this site is based on a point system. To get a point without anyone requesting your books, you must enter five books on their site. You can enter up to 100 books for offer to get 20 points. After 100 registered books, you no longer receive the listing credits.

What is different about this site is that it isn’t 1 point 1 book. If a book is newer, hard vs. soft cover, super long, it goes up in point values. The older the book is, the lower the book value. Not sure I like this model. If I ship out five books at $5 each, and choose a book for five credits, I’m still technically paying $25. So it may work out in some instances, but not all.

Ever done a book swap with friends? Used a book swap website? Let me know in the comments below!



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14 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    What a great idea! I have so many books I don’t read anymore- I’m going to look into this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mel says:

    So useful. Literally have 3 bookshelves of already read books.

  3. Sabrina. says:

    This is such a cool concept. I didn’t even know this existed!

  4. jen says:

    I love a good book swap! I prefer hardcovers to reading digitally and it’d be great to trade with someone who has a book I want.
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  5. Huub Ricardo says:

    I don’t like throwing books away. Love to store them. Never know when you’ll be needing it again πŸ™‚ But indeed this is a great way to get some new reads on without going to the bookstore πŸ™‚

  6. Michelle says:

    I usually swap books with my fiancΓ©’s mother but I had no idea you could do this online! I absolutely need to try one of these sites, thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

    xo – Michelle

  7. I love the concept of book swapping! It’s such an eco-friendly and fun way to exchange books and get new reads on the nightstand! Thanks for sharing <3

  8. I work in higher education and am going to run a book swap in February with some of the students in the residence halls as a program. At the same time, we’re going to have campus police come in and inscribe laptops and tablets to make them less likely targets for theft. I love a good book swap– I’m just hoping enough students will be interested to make it a fruitful event!

  9. I definitely needed this guide. I have a ton of books I don’t need anymore. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Hannah says:

    These seem like great sites for swapping books! I usually swap more with my friends and people I know who are also book lovers

  11. I love reading books.. and this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  12. Anamika Ojha says:

    This is great idea. I have recently joined Public Library but the good part about it is, I don’t have to buy those books.
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  13. Mardene Carr says:

    This is a fantastic idea….I am still one of those persons who love to read the physical book

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