"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Saturday, January 29

PaperBack Swap

Trying something new here - Today we are in Greensboro participating in the NC FLL State Tournament so i thought i would try to pre-write and schedule this post to be posted today even though i'm not here! ...i am guessing it will work....

Now, on to the post!

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

Are you at all familiar with this?  Its quite interesting actually....

You sign up and then post books you are willing to give away.  You pay for shipping, which seems to run at most about $3.00 per book (and that includes any fees if you decide to print with the postage on the address label.)  Anyway, once you start giving away books and they are marked sent (or received depending on how you do the postage) you earn credits.  One for each book sent (starting with your first one.)

You then use those credits to request books you want from other members.  And they send you the book - no charge to you!  Gosh, this has been great.  While there are many books i would love that people don't seem to want to let go of (and you'll find them on my wish list,) there are times when i will be pleasantly surprised.

Now don't go laughing when you see my list of books to send out - its called "i need to get away, even if only in my mind!" : )  Ok so you caught me - i read Christian, Historical Romance Novels .... Maybe one day i will write one.....

But my point is - from time to time i find some great books... whether for me, for Cory, for the kids, or school. And i can turn around and send back out the ones i am done with, but we are welcome to keep any we want as well.

We just recently received a Pop-up book about Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Now i am fairly well on top of the catholic children's book scene and this was one we have never seen before by Francisco Serrano and Antonio Valeriano

And it was free.  Now I must say, sometimes it seems like you are paying a lot in mailing out books to other people but when you look at the numbers its really not that bad.  I pay about $3 per book to send it, the books i read for fun run between $7 and $15.  If i had bought it new i am saving anywhere from $4 - $11 per book....they gauge your savings by an across the board used book price but most books i get have only had one owner.

I have placed a button on the right side here on my blog - it shows books on my wish list.  If you click through that or the button here on this post and then you sign up i will get credit for the referral so please take the time to go that route if you want to be nice to me today. :  )

Either way, i hope you can use this site as its like heading into a gigantic bookstore - and who wouldn't enjoy that? 
Just keep in mind there are all kinds of books; oh so many i personally would never read... So just a quick warning concerning parental 'control' of the whole situation... I do not let the kids go to the site, i do any posting and requesting for them as needed.  I also have adjusted my home page preferences to not show many types of books....but they still show up in all the other lists on the site. 

Have a great day!

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