Thursday, July 9, 2009

Paperback Swap!

Paperback Swap

I have always had a bit of a reading “problem.” I have devoured books since I was in second grade and read my first “Sweet Valley Kids” book. I spent a large majority of my childhood hiding under my covers and reading with a flashlight long after my bedtime. My love of fiction has yet to subside, even while in law school. I certainly slowed down my casual reading since I started law school (all those law books bog down my reading time), but I haven’t stopped. I still read the last Harry Potter in one night.

I recently went to the eye doctor to get new glasses. I got my current pair two years ago, so it was about time to get a new prescription. However, I came to learn that my eyes had degraded at an alarming rate since starting law school. Not only did my prescription increase, but I now have added reading glasses to my repituar. Does this stop me from reading? Absolutely not. Just to be defiant, I got a Barnes and Noble membership the next day.

I have kept most of the books I have purchased over the years. I just can’t find it in myself to throw away something I’ve spent money on and only read once. However, I know I don’t really reread books. So, this presents quite a problem. Many books, but absolutely no intention of reading them again.

Periodically I’ve thought about trying to sell them locally or on half.com or even breakdown and give them away, but I know no one would pay much for them or love them as much as I do. I’ve heard a few people mention this website, paperbackswap.com, and I decided to take a look.

It’s like reading addict heaven! First, you add your books to their already large catalog of books. Other members look through the lists and can ‘buy’ a book with credits. As a member, you get a credit for every book you send out. So, send a book out and shop for another title. It’s free except for the postage to send out books. I immediately joined and then discovered audiobooks are also on the website! I’ve been listening to audiobooks all summer when I do my four hour commute on the weekends. Granted they ‘cost’ two credits, but I have plenty to ‘sell.’
So, I am just waiting to go home this weekend and put all those books online. What will I do will all the extra space? I could put some pictures on the shelves. Or maybe a nice candle. Well…I’ll probably just put more books on it, but at least now the scenery will change periodically. Now I just have to figure out what books I want to read next……I have been wanting to read the Sookie Stackhouse books

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