My Recent Visit to Paperback Swap

Since my reading time has dwindled, I haven’t used Paperback Swap for a few years, but due to a resurge in reading I decided to look around and see if there were any books I was interested in.  I’ve been kind of on a book buying binge and decided I didn’t want to spend any more money on books until I finished reading the many books I had recently purchased.  The loophole?  Free books on Paperback Swap!

I found two books I have been wanting and I decided to use my credits for them.  At that time I had 6 credits and so I requested both books: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The Rise of the Black Wolf (Grey Griffins, Book 2) by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis.

Paperback Swap changed their program a few years ago and I hadn’t used the program since they implemented the new changes.  When I requested these two books, I was surprised I was charged 49 cents per book.  Luckily I had money attached to my account, but it was still a surprise since the last time I ordered books they were free when using your available credits. Although I was surprised by the fee, it really didn’t bother me too much.  49 cents is still a good price to pay for a book, however, I can see why some people have criticized the new system and the fees Paperback Swap has decided to impose on its members; mostly for those who swap a lot of books since the fees can quickly add up.

Unbroken is the book about POW survivor Louie Zamperini who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during WWII.  I haven’t read the book, but the movie was pretty good and it shared the struggles Louie had to endure during his encampment. The movie was inspiring and I’m sure the book will be an inspiration too. It will be interesting to read the book and see how or if the movie differs from the book.

The Rise of the Black Wolf is the second book in the Grey Griffins series.  I had read the first book, The Revenge of the Shadow King, a few years ago (received from Paperback Swap as well) and even though I don’t remember the details of the first book, I know that I enjoyed the story and the characters – enough to want the second book in the series.

Since the first book isn’t as fresh in my mind as I would like it to be, I will not be reading the second book any time soon.   I think I will reread the first book and then continue to the second so everything is fresh.  When?  I really don’t know because the first book is currently packed away and I have no idea which brown box it resides in.  I’ll have to wait until I unpack all my books and, right now, I have no immediate plans to move or unpack them. *sniff sniff*

I am happy with both of these books and I think I will use my other credits soon.  I might even post a few books and begin using the program again to see how the system has changed and to find out if I like the changes or not.  So far, with requesting and receiving books, I am fine with the changes.  We’ll see what I think about being the sender and shipping books to members.  This will determine if I stay with Paperback Swap because sending books is how you receive your credits, so if it’s cumbersome or expensive, then I might have to rethink using this resource for books.  Time will tell, and I’ll be sure to update you with my experience once I list and send a few books out.

Interested in checking out Paperback Swap?  Here is the link to how the program works:

I’ve also posted a video about Paperback Swap which you can view here.

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