If like me you've got shelves full of books that you enjoyed but don't think you'll read again this may be of interest: 

BookHopper is the free book swapping community that lets you swap your old books with other BookHoppers.

Simply register then go to offer some of your old books to trade. When you have done this you will be able to choose from the books that other people are already offering. You won't have to wait to request your first book. All you have to do is offer three books that you have on your bookshelf that you are willing to post to other BookHoppers (offering more than three is better for everyone including yourself).

You might ask "What prevents people from just taking books and not giving any back"? The answer is that BookHopper knows how many books you have sent, received and are offering. You are only allowed to request 3 books without sending any. There is also an ebay style feedback system.

No money changes hands, and you don't have to make any payments. Simply have the good will to send other people your old books when they request them and in return you will be able to have others send you their books. The sender pays the postage (should be approx £1 uk). The BookHopper motto is "Give books to others as you would like books given to you".

Alternatively you could go down the local library.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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3 Responses to bookhopper

  1. bookswapper says:

    There’s also ReadItSwapIt which is also completely free but has about 40,000 more books available than bookhopper I think.

  2. daron says:

    Yes but is different, you don’t need to swap book for book with individuals but books within the community so it’s much more flexible. And it’s easier to use.

  3. Bookswapper says:

    I disagree. Have you read the bookhopper rules? I’ve had a look and I still don’t really understand how it works. you swap one book for another, it’s very simple. As the site says, it’s like swapping with friends and there’s loads of choice.

    But in the end, book swapping is the way forward, whichever site you use!

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