There are a lot of reasons why you should trade paperback books. You give new life to your books when you give them to someone who actually wants them and you can declutter your home at the same time. Book swapping gives you the opportunity to read books that aren’t in your budget to buy. Here are a few tips to make the most of your trading experience.
Specify exactly what you are looking for. Sure, most of the books you get will be in pretty good condition simply because they have to meet the site’s regulations. You can even set up alerts to be sent to other members before a trade is initiated so you don’t receive smoke or fur filled books that will make you sneeze. If you want to keep the books a long time then you’ll can specify that you only want books that look like they are new although other members may refuse to trade to you.
Carefully assess the books you list. Post the books by the ISBN number on the cover instead of just going by the name of the books to get the exact version you have. You’ll also want to check the item to make sure that the edges don’t have water stains or rippling. Look at the book very closely instead of just randomly entering items from your shelf and hoping they are in good enough shape.
Consider what version of the book you want. You’ll probably have a choice between hardback, paperback and even audio as well as all different editions. Hardcover books might cost more money if you are going to trade the item in the future.
Make the most of your swapping budget. Different swapping sites will place the value of a book in different ways. You’ll need to be first in line at most companies to get a really popular book or anything that is new to the best seller’s list. Do your research to be the first in line when a new book you want comes out. Stay on top of your emails so you don’t miss out on potential swaps.
When you do free paperback trading you’ll probably qualify for Media Mail. Media Mail means that you’ll spend less money but your book will also take longer to get there. Make sure that you have several weeks where you can still stay in the guidelines of the site if you are going with this shipping method.
Learn more about paperback book swapping. Stop by Sara Gilmore’s site where you can find out all about locating swapping DVDs and what it can do for you.