Friday Morning Bookclub

November 1, 2010

Find a Loving Home for your Unwanted Books

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Literary Tidbits — janinefrier @ 8:18 am

So you are an avid reader.  Much of the time you buy your books and slowly but surely they start piling up on your shelves.  Some are favorites or classics and are definite keepers.  The ever present question is what to do with those that you would prefer not to have.  Of course you can’t throw them away and where can you donate them, should you want to?  Well, there is another solution. Someone out there would like that exact copy, which you have sitting on your shelf.  But how do you know who they are and what they want? Very easy.  Go to and sign up for an account.  Once you are a member you get to list all the books you would like to get off your shelves.  When another member wants your book, they put in a request.  For the cost of shipping the book, which is usually about $2.30 you will receive a credit.  And then you get to have the pleasure of using your credit for any book that you would like. A brilliant idea, don’t you think?  Your unwanted books get to go to a loving home and you get to read books that you would like, without having to buy them.

I have been using for a number of months now and it really does work.  You may not get rid of all the books you don’t want, but you certainly will get some out of your house.  Paperbackswap’s system is very straightforward and they enable the whole transaction to be done with great ease.  Try it out and let us know what you think.



  1. Very cool- Thanks for sharing. I will definitely give it a try!!

    Comment by Lauren — November 2, 2010 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  2. The Falls,a restaurant in Mount Washington has lots of books on their shelves, that look like they have been donated too.

    Comment by ilenegoldjewelry — November 3, 2010 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  3. If you have books you no longer want, I suggest “The Book Thing” in Baltimore. Look it up…this place is a gem! They redistribute donated books to the community. The web page includes information on donations, volunteering, mailing list signup, and news.

    Book Thing of Baltimore Inc
    3001 Vineyard Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21218-3941
    (410) 662-5631


    Comment by Loryn — November 10, 2010 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  4. Loryn… thanks for that suggestion too. I have given books to the Book Thing also… and you are right, they are a gem.

    Comment by Janine Frier — November 10, 2010 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

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