Archive for May 19, 2008

Ordering Books for Free

Rather than buying new books I tend to purchase used books on half.com or ebay, but of course, I’d rather swap a book than purchase one if possible. So every time I’m interested in reading a book I click over to Paper Back Swap and search for it. Unfortunately, the books I’m interested in reading are almost never available.

Last week as I searched for yet another book I could not find, I thought about giving up on Paper Back Swap all together. Then I noticed the site’s wish-list function, and decided to add two books to my list. In the mean time I thought about ordering the books on half.com but decided to hold off for a little while. I already have a bunch of books on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to yet.

To my surprise I received an email from Paper Back Swap about a week later. Apparently one of my wish-listed books had become available. According to the email Paper Back Swap would automatically hold the book for me for up to 48 hours. If I didn’t claim it within 48 hours the site would allow another member to order it. As soon as I received the email I logged in to my Paper Back Swap account and claimed the book. Just a few hours later I received an email to let me know the book would be mailed by the end of the week.

While I was poking around the site I also found two other books I’ve been interested in reading. I ordered one and it arrived only two days later. I was lucky, the original book owner lives in the same state. The other book has been mailed but has not yet arrived.

If you haven’t checked out Paper Back Swap yet you should definitely consider trying it. If the books you are interested aren’t available try adding them to your wish list. I honestly didn’t think anyone would post the book I was interested in reading, but I can’t be more thrilled that I’ll get to read it for free!

May 19, 2008 at 3:59 AM 4 comments


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