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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Show & Tell -

Don't forget my book giveaway going on now - click here for details!

For this week's Show & Tell with Mel I'm showing off my favorite book-swapping site, PaperbackSwap. This is a fantastic site for everyone - fanatical readers (like me) or casual readers (like most of the rest of the world).

Here's what I love about it:
  1. I can get rid of books I don't want. This is great, because I don't keep most books once I've read them but sometimes I overdo it with too many books from the library that I can't read before they're due back. Plus it keeps the clutter in my house to a minimum (at least, the book clutter is at a minimum!).
  2. I can choose to keep a book forever or repost it once I've read it. The library frowns on keeping books, or so I've heard. :)
  3. Even though it's called PaperbackSwap you can also trade hardcover books and audio books. Plus there are two sister-sites for swapping DVDs and CDs.
  4. I find out about books I would otherwise never have heard of. I signed up for the optional daily email showing all books posted in the past 24 hours - you'd never believe the fabulous books I found that way. Here are links to a few of my favorites - here, here, here, here, and here.
  5. Everything works on a simple points basis. Each book is worth 1 point and each audio book is worth 2 points. Other sites have different point values for different types of books, but this way is simple and makes it fast and easy to get new-to-you books.
  6. And finally, I love their website. It easy to use and fun to browse.
So, that's my show and tell for this week. Is anyone else a PBS user? If you are, my PBS nickname is ReadingAddict - add me as a buddy!

And be sure to drop by Mel's site to find out what everyone else is showing and telling this week.


Joanna said...

Sounds like a cool site. I will have to check it out.

chicklet said...

That's a very cool concept.

Lee said...

Here via Mel's Show and Tell.

Fabulous idea for spreading the wealth! Thanks for sharing.

DC said...

What a great site! Thanks for the heads up!!

calliope said...

wow- that site looks brilliant! I had to make the switch to library only books a few years ago as my bookshelves were exploding!

JuliaS said...

That's a brilliant idea!

Thanks for sharing (says the woman drowning under a sea of excess books . . .) :0)

Elizabeth said...

Yea! I'm a PBS freak - unfortunately, I figured out that you can PURCHASE credits if there's something you want and you are out - so now I have new books coming all the time. It's the best!

anita said...

Popping by from Mel's Show and Tell.

I'm a book-a-holic too.

What a great site, thanks for sharing the link.

VA Blondie said...

That is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I have too many books and not enough room. This may be the solution.

Heather Johnson said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed my post! If you sign up with PBS, be sure to find me and add me as a buddy. :)

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