As part of our efforts to empty the house of unnecessary clutter and mess this Lent, we are attempting to purge the bookshelves. Thankfully in our area the recycling program will accept books so the 20-year-old encyclopedia set can be tossed into the recycling bin. At least one bag of books will be donated to the library. The rest of the books will be listed on the PaperBackSwap website.
PaperBackSwap is a program that allows you to list the books you have in your home that you are done reading so that other people may request them. You also put up a list of books you want to read. You mail out the books you have to other people and those who have the books you request mail books to you. Everyone receives a credit for each book they mail out which can be used to purchase books from other people. Even better than the library since you can keep the books you really enjoy or get a hold of books your library doesn't carry. I know I am often looking for books that our library doesn't carry. This way I can avoid buying some of them.
Want to give it a try? Click on my referral banner on the left. Sign up, list 10 books and you will automatically receive 2 credits that you can use immediately. You can also request audio books, CDs and DVDs. Materials can be mailed media mail which means you will only spend around $2 to mail a book. Give it a try.