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Monday, October 6, 2008

Books O'Plenty

I must admit to a serious book addiction: cookbooks, paperbacks, best sellers, classics, poetry. You name it, I'd probaby like to read it. And not just read it, buy it and bring it home to read. This system of bingeing on books was OK when I was single and living alone. But, when I married and made my home with a fellow bibliophile, our bookshelves overfloweth. And then we added a kiddo to the mix, and darned if she didn't want some books too.

A massive purge was in order. We uncovered boxes and boxes of books in all corners of our house (and garage): paperback books I read for English classes that I'll probably never read again; travel guides to destinations we visited but aren't likely to revisit; foreign language dictionaries; cookbooks for cuisines neither of us really enjoy; the list went on.

After we'd rounded up the books, the very obvious question became: now what? Then I heard about Paperback Swap--a free Web site that allows you list books you'd like to get rid of. In turn, when you send out books you no longer want, you earn credits that you can use to request new-to-you books.

PaperBackSwap.com began in 2004 as a way for book readers to share their already-read books with each other via the Internet. Since then it has grown enormously with a library of over 2.2 million books, which includes paperbacks, hard covers and audio books. To date over 2 million books have been swapped successfully through the U.S. mail with an average of over 35,000 book swaps each week.

Check it out!

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