I just recently joined a site called PaperBackSwap.com. The idea is simple - you enter the ISBN numbers of any books you’d like to get rid of, and request books you’d like to receive. It all works on a credit system: you get three free credits once you’ve posted nine books, and then you get one credit for each book that you actually send to someone. You pay the postage on any books you send (you don’t pay anything when you request a book).
So I found nine books that I didn’t have any reason to keep, entered them into the system, and found three books I thought I’d like to read. And the first one arrived in my mailbox today!
What makes this so easy is that you can print out the shipping label, which doubles as the packaging (you just wrap the book like a present), on a sheet of normal computer paper. And they tell you how many stamps you need for postage for a paperback book. No boxes required.
It’s such a nice, elegant concept. Cheaper than buying books that you’ll only read once, and no worries about overdue fines from the library.