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Paperback Swap Makes Book Trading Easy

By Edited Oct 9, 2015 3 4

Readers' Asset

It seems that everyone is looking for a good deal these days. Avid readers aren’t exempt when it comes to thrift addicts rummaging the 2nd hand store. Well, there’s great opportunity when it comes to the thrifty reader with a voracious appetite for paperbacks. The Kindle, may have sparked a revolution in publishing and how we read; Paperback Swap has sparked an evolution in online book trading through paperback swapping. Gone are the days of climbing over boxes of used novels and scanning disorganized shelves in the 2nd hand and used book stores for popular paperback books. Paperback Swap (PBS) makes finding and swapping books online easy and affordable for all. And, for those readers that don’t even know about 2nd hand book stores, your life with reading and used novels and paperbacks of all kinds is about to get a lot more interesting and fun.

The New Swap

Book Trading Made Easy Online

Used Novel Book Trading
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Paperback Swap

The Name Says It All

There really isn’t much explanation about what Paperback Swap is once you've heard the name. Simply put, it’s a book swapping site. Paperback Swap offers an online paperback exchange for trading used books. Members sign up through the website at no charge. That's right, free, no membership fees. Members then assemble a book Wish List. This is the list of books they would like to receive. In order to receive books from their Wish List members must swap a book with another PBS member. Each member must also add books to their bookshelf that they are willing to send (barter) to another PBS member. In return for listing and swapping books through this online paperback exchange, the sender gains credits from their swap partner. Members gain credits once the book trading partner marks the book swap as completed through the Paperback website. It’s a simple online book swapping system with the only cost being the media mail fee for shipping the requested book. Credits accumulate after book trading on a one-for-one basis and never expire.

Built On Trust

Its understandable why a person new to bartering or book swapping is hesitant to start shipping books away to other people they’ve never met. But once you take a moment and think about how the book swapping system works, it’s a very easy decision to start book trading through PBS. Trust is the main consideration when it comes to any swapping and this is also true of book trading through the mail. First, the books that members enter into their bookshelf for offer must follow the Paperback Swap Golden Rule. This means that the book you are listing on offer is in suitable swap condition. Only quality paperbacks should be offered for swap. Members agree to only list paperbacks and books that they, themselves, would be willing to accept and read.


Second, this paperback exchange barter system is a zero-sum game. This means that members will get nothing without first giving. From this basic premise it’s only logical that members look to complete as many swaps successfully as possible. The more trading and swapping the better. Since it’s a free swap site, there’s almost nothing to lose (above the media mail shipping rate) with that first paperback exchange. Plus, once that used novel that’s been hunted from yard sale to garage sale is easily found, that first book trade is well worth the risk.


Another important aspect to book trading through Paperback Swap is that your credits are transferable to other PBS members. This means that credits can also be sold to other members. The system of selling your credits is not controlled or guaranteed through Paperback Swap, but through agreements between members. When selling credits on Paperback Swap it’s important to find other credible PBS members to transact with. This is easily accomplished after becoming an active member and participating in the online PBS community. Credits are typically sold between members at the current United States Postal Service media mail rate. Many members offer a discount when purchasing credits in larger quantity. PayPal is the preferred money transfer service for most book credit sales. Although it’s not an avenue for making huge amounts of cash, it is a nice way to potentially cut reading costs and monetize some quality paperback that’s collecting dust on the shelf.

Some Reading To Do?

Book Swap, No Problem

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Save More

Most readers, especially those that are still students, would likely agree that any opportunity to read more quality paperbacks while saving a few dollars is pretty compelling. Through PBS readers can make reading more paperbacks without hurting their budget a new reality. Finding used novels and book trading has never been easier. Paperback Swap makes online bartering and book swapping free to all which makes saving money through book trading a great way to find that next quality paperback on your list.



Nov 29, 2011 7:47am
Yeah, I love PBS... it's help me build quite a finance library! We also use Swap-A-CD and transfer the credits to PBS! Great article...
Nov 29, 2011 10:04am
Thanks for the comment. No doubt, PBS is a great way to expand the library or give a new reading taste a sample with little risk.
Dec 6, 2011 3:53pm
I have yet to try using this site but I had heard of it some time ago. Will give it try. Glad to know that in addition to using the Library this is another good option for finding good used books to read.
Dec 7, 2011 6:43am
Thanks for the comments! PBS is worth a try. Once you get rolling with book swapping, it just becomes second nature. I've always been one of those people scouring the mom & pop book resellers. Now, the books I choose and want come to me.
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