Today I wanted to share about one of my favorite ways to get cheap/nearly free books! I’ve been using Paperback Swap since my sweet sister-in-law introduced me to it.
Here’s how it works. Sign up for a new account, then post ten books (paperback or hardback; it doesn’t matter) you wouldn’t mind clearing off your shelves. You’ll receive two credits (which you can immediately redeem for two free books) as soon as you list those first ten books. After that, to earn more credits, people will need to order your books. Once someone orders one of your books, you are responsible to mail the book to them (you pay the shipping cost… usually around $2-$3 to send Media Mail). When they receive the book, then you’ll get another credit. You can also purchase more credits if you really want a book, and I have done that a handful of times (it’s just a few dollars, and still cheaper than Amazon!). I have a pretty long wish list on PBS of books I’d like to order if/when they become available. It’s easy to search for books and add them to your list!
Here are some of the books I’ve gotten through PBS: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande; The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot; Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock; Peace Like a River (for Tad) by Leif Enger; Why Government Doesn’t Work (for Tad) by Harry Browne; Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White; Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot; How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman; Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron; Things We Wish We’d Known ed. by Diana Waring; The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian; Apples of Gold by Betty Huizenga; The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian. (I have been a member for about two years.)
If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you’ll want to check out Paperback Swap!