Today's topic: Book-swapping. Do you do it? What site(s) do you use? How did you find out about them? What do you think of them? Do you use LT's book-swapping column feature for information on what to swap? Do you participate in any of the LT communities that discuss bookswapping, like the Bookmooch group for example?
Yes! I use Bookmooch and PaperbackSwap. I started on PBS, which I love, but I think both sites complement each other.
On PBS, I love the community. The forums are great and very user friendly, for the most part. I like that on PBS you get in line for a Wish Listed book, and if you are patient, have a pretty good chance of getting it. I am very active on PBS and am even a tour guide there.
I found Bookmooch through PBS and also list my inventory there. I like the fact that you can list condition notes and ARCs on BM. I had pretty good luck with the original WL system on BM, and was sorry to see it go. I don't like the forums at BM at all though. They are not easy to use and are very slow. Another thing I love about BM is that it is international. I have been able to find some books there that aren't readily available in the US. You get extra points for sending international and the cost per point isn't much different. I also like all the cool places my books get to end up.
I also tried Title Trader, but wasn't a fan at all. While it is free to use the basic site you have to pay to get any additional features, like WL matches. I never found much I was interested in there, and have closed my account.
Bookins is another site that I have had a little experience with, but I have stopped using it too. On there, you don't pay for outgoing postage, like you do on the others, but pay $4.59 (IIRC) for each incoming book. I thought it was a little pricey, but was able to find some books on there quicker than waiting in line at PBS.
I am a member of the BM group on LT, but read more than post. Some of the topics can get repetitive, so I don't check in very frequently.