While I always try and encourage new book purchases, as it turns out the sluggish economy has forced a lot of readers to dig out and dust off their library cards. In fact librarians tell us that there is often a line-up for newly released titles from readers hungry to get their hands on them without putting out the money for a purchase. It’s nice to see people returning to libraries, but if you want some options check out some of the “read and return” sites that are popping up online:
Paperbackswap.com – with more than 1 million books up for trade with other members the choices are endless. Mailing fees are paid for by the sender. You can log on and list your own books.
BookMooch – similar to Paperbackswap only international. Also with BookMooch you can donate points to literacy campaigns and charities.
BookSwim.com – describes itself as the Netflix of books. From their web site: BookSwim is the first online book rental library service lending you paperbacks, hardcovers and now college textbooks Netflix®-style directly to your house, without the need to purchase! We stock all the latest bestsellers, new releases, and classics with free shipping both ways! Read your books as long as you want – no late fees! Even choose to purchase and keep the books you love!