This past weekend, my college roommate, Genevieve, told me about this great new website that she has been using called paperbackswap.com. I have been using this website for 2 days and I already think it is fantastic!!
Basically, you do what the website says. You post paperback books (and hardcovers) that you want to get rid of. These enter the website's database and people can search for books just like on Amazon. If someone finds a book that they like, click on the "get it" link and an E-mail is sent to the person who owns that book. If the owner is able/willing to mail it to the person asking for it, the owner prints out a shipping label with the recipient's name and address. Did you know that a paperback book can be wrapped into an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper? You use shipping label is your wrapping paper! How cool? The owner pays postage to sends the book to the recipient (usually $2-3).
On the other end... the recipient goes on the website and confirms that they got the book. When they do that, the owner gets 1 credit. 1 credit is good for requesting 1 new book. Now the owner gets to turn around and be the recipient of a book from someone else!
Basically, you pay $2-3 for a book instead of $7.99 AAAAAND you get rid of the books you have already read! There are TONS of books on this website, and joining is completely free. You just need to have a printer and some packing tape =). Thanks, G!!