Advantages very cheap way to get books, good selection
Disadvantages could be more technically functional
Alternatively, other members can request to swap a book of yours and after perusing their collection, you can either indicate the title you want in return, or decline the swap (there is a number of ready-made reasons provided, from the obvious "I don't want to read any of their books" to "I am not ready to post now, but try soon").There is a feedback system (and some safeguards against abuse, as limits on the number of swaps that can be requested at the same time depending on the feedback rating).
The site is free to join and the only cost associated with using it is postage of the books you are sending to other swappers. This can vary depending on the actual book, but as for now, most books (up to 500g in weight) will cost £1.85 to post 2nd class, and the thinner ones which can go as Large Letters will usually cost around £1. This is substantially less than "penny books" from Amazon (£2.76 with postage), and although books can be found for around £1.50 or less in many charityshops, swaps come directly to you door and are the selection is much bigger: ReadItSwapIt claims over a quarter of a million books available at the current count, and this is something to be reckoned with.MY EXPERIENCE
I first joined ReadItSwapIt around four years ago and completed several swaps. The system worked fine, but I found entering books cumbersome and, crucially, the range of titles on offer underwhelming: mostly ditzy romance and airport novels with a sprinkling of classics and cult books. I had not used ReadItSwapIt for the next few years, preferring libraries or Amazon marketplace.Spurred by a banner ad (!!) I recently logged into my account again - and what a huge change!
I initially listed about 20 books, varying from obscure literature theory to popular paperbacks and had several requests for swaps immediately. The selection of books on offer, although still predominantly pop fiction, was significantly broader and I was able to pick up something I fancied in about half of the cases.I also performed my own searches for books I have on my "wish list" and found quite a few of them on offer, with people willing to pick something from my own list in return.
This change is undoubtedly due to the fact that the site has grown hugely in the last few years, but also to the increased use people seem to make of the "new books" facility (a list of 100 most recently listed books easily accessible from the ReadItSwapIt menu). The majority of swap requests come in the few hours after you list a new batch of books.I have a sneaking suspicion that at least some people who request swaps are semi-professional Amazon traders.
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment