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Free books, almost
Member Name: Superjim03
Advantages: Cheap, free to use, works as it should
Disadvantages: You've still got to line Royal Mails pockets.
I have just celebrated my three year anniversary with ReaditSwapit and have swapped just short of a hundred books in that time.
The basic premise of the site is to list all your old or unwanted books on the site for other members to view. They can then request a swap with any of your books which will show both on the site and with an e-mail. You can then browse the requesters list to see if there are any books you would like to swap with. If there isn't there is the option to decline the swap. If there is, great you are swapping. All you need to do is swiftly wrap the book and toddle down to your nearest post office with some stamp money and post the book.
The other member will (hopefully) be doing the same somewhere in the UK and thus in a few days time you will have a new book to read with just the cost of postage spent. The alternative is to request the swap, this works exactly the same but in reverse. Browse the huge library of virtual books until you find one you want and request the book from the owner, then it's pretty much the same scenario as before.
The good things about this website are fairly obvious. Firstly it's an awful lot cheaper than buying books new, the postage costs are the only outlay as the website is entirely free to use. It can only be used if receiving and sending from the UK so no lengthy waits and extra costs involved with overseas postage. It's a great way to get rid of old books from your bookshelves (although you'll be filling that space up again I suppose).
There aren't many negatives that I can think of, I suppose postage costs could be one, it seems to cost more to post a heavier book in the last twelve months. Sometimes it would be cheaper to buy the book from a second hand or charity shop although of course they wouldn't have as many books as this site has listed. There is danger of abuse from dishonest members although in three years I have only had books go astray for a few days, they have always turned up in the end and a ratings system on the site would mean that anyone not entering into the spirit of the site would find their swap requests declined.
All in all I would recommend this site if you are a keen reader with a supply of finished books that you want to get rid of.
Summary: A great site for book fans