Monday, August 2, 2010

There is no frigate like a book

Yep, I've been around the world in 80 days. I am a close personal friend of both Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. My resume includes jobs like geisha girl and cattle rustler. Just kidding. The truth is that one of my life long loves has been reading. Which is why I'm excited about my newest discovery, Just as the name implies, it is a free online, super simple book swap. Here's how it works - join for free, then list 10 of your own books to swap, and get two swap points just for listing. All you have to do is key in the ISBN number from the back of the book. After you've listed, it's browse time! I chose two books: The Quilters Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini and The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. I've already gotten confirmation that one is on its way! I was so surprised that within hours of listing, four of my ten books had been requested. The requests arrived in my inbox, I went to the website, printed out the mailing label, paid for the postage online and prepared my books for shipping. I didn't even have to buy a shipping envelope. I just wrapped the books up in paper, as instructed, taped them up with shipping tape, and dropped them in my mailbox. I didn't even have to leave the house (except for walking to the end of my driveway). As soon as those four books arrive at their destinations, I get four more swap points.

Cost = free membership, $12.00 for mailing four books.
I got six books at about $2.00 a piece.

What a bargain! As soon as I read these books, I plan on relisting them to swap again. No over due fines, and I can keep the book if I really like it.

They also have movies and CDs but I haven't gotten into that yet.

Emily Dickinson was certainly right - there is no frigate like a book!