Monday, September 26, 2011

Books, Books, Books

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(Isn't this room amazing?)

I LOVE to read. I'll read anything and everything and frequently ask friends, family, and even customers for book recommendations. And once I find an author I enjoy, I want to read everything they've ever written.

The problem is, buying two or three books a week is expensive. Sure, I've borrowed books from friends and of course, from the library but sometimes, my branch didn't have the next book in a series and truthfully, I constantly forgot to return them on time.

Storing all those lovely books became another problem. Every so often, I'd go through my shelves and box up the books I would never read again only to store them for a future yard sale that I never managed to have. (Our library is extra-picky about which books they'll accept for donations.)

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Back in 2004, way before the Kindle or Nook were invented, I came across a site called, NOW, the only books I purchase are reference books, books written by my writing friends, or hardcovers I can't live without. is like a Netflix to those of us who don't have an e-reader or for people who enjoy the feel of holding a book in our hands. With 250,000 paperback titles and 36,000 audiobook titles, there's a whole lot to choose from. They offer programs for renting paperbacks, MP-3, CD, audiobook, or a combination of those with rates as low as $14.49 a month. Booksfree even offers a swapping program.

Prepaid mailers are included with your book shipment and you can read as fast or as slow as you like without any penalties. Just send the books back when you're finished reading and they'll send you the next selections on your queue. If you fall in love with one of them, you can also keep it and purchase it through your account.

Booksfree also accepts donations of your old paperbacks. They pay $1.00 per book and put the money into an account used for purchases. Just think, you can make room for new books, share your books, make money, and save the environment at the same time!

So, if you're like me and love to read, why not check out their website and see if you're interested. If you decide to sign up, make sure you tell them I sent you. My e-mail address is