So, if you, dear reader, are anything like me, you probably have a lot of books. The bookshelves overflow, you have to use spare containers, and books still invade every corner of your house. I know mine do, and I even have a kindle–which probably contains about 50% of the books I own! Yet I still have this overwhelming feeling of “Must obtain books when possible!”.
Since I’ve been a blogger, I’ve discovered a lot of awesome creations online that deal in the business of books. I don’t mean booksellers–I mean places like YABookExchange or the like, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some of my bookish discoveries.
Note: This list does not claim to be exhaustive. While I have tried to be thorough, I’m sure there’s other sites and programs out there. If you know of anything, feel free to leave info in the comments.
YA Book Exchange
YA Book Exchange is devoted solely to young adult books. It’s a fairly straight-forward exchange program: people list books they are getting rid of along with a link to their wishlist. Other traders can then browse by book and negotiate book exchanges. You don’t have to have a blog or be a reviewer to participate. I highly enjoy browsing the trading site and recently completed my first trade. I traded an ARC of Period 8 for an ARC of The Madman’s Daughter, and I’m so excited to start reading it!
ARCcyling is an ARC(Advanced Reader’s Copy) recycling program. ARCs are listed every week, ARCcyling takes place on Sunday, and you can fill our a form requesting ARCs. Because ARCs are meant to be reviewed and to help advertise, you do have to be a reviewer in order to request books. There’s also rules in place to make sure no one monopolizes all the ARCs or takes ARCs without ever reviewing them, but luckily there’s a handy little page describing how the whole process works.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never used BookMooch before, but I know it’s a popular site with a lot of people. On their home page, they describe the entire process, and it sounds pretty simple. Here’s how they explain the process on their homepage:
1. Type in books you want to give away
2. Receive requests from others for your books
3. Mail your books, receive points
4. Ask for books from others with your points
The point system seems pretty fair, even if it does make it a little more complicated than a simple exchange. I would say after searching for a few minutes that BookMooch probably has the best variety of books, but I’m still partial to YA Book Exchange.
Have you used any of these sites before? Or are their new book trading sites I need to check out?