Participating is simple: You create a profile and list five books that you would like to “swap.” This earns you one token. One token “buys” you any other book listed in the Bookswapper catalogue. When someone asks to “swap” a book you have listed, you earn another token. One token equals one new book, mailed to your door. It is a simple system, and online verification keeps someone from earning credit for a book that never arrives.
The two creators of Bookswappers.de run the site like a “family business.” They are not the first to start an online swap site, though they are first to offer a service exclusive to Germany. They aspire to be “More like a little corner store than a huge supermarket. We believe the difference lies in attitude, though, not in size.”
Their passion for reading is clear in their description of the Bookswapper service: “Imagine a second-hand book store where you show up with 5 English paperback novels that you've read and don't want to keep. You put them on the counter and the shop assistant says: Okay, off you go and pick 5 new ones from our vast shelves….”
“Well, the dream has just come true. For all those expats or just lovers of English books who return frustrated from flea markets where English books are always rare. For all those who don't want to or simply cannot buy new books all the time. For all those who have run out of space to put all the books they own. For all those people there is now a place to meet and swap English books for free.”
Living in Germany and in search of more English-language books? You can join Bookswappers here. And if you’d like to show the YG editors a little book-wormed love, you can tell them that “clickclackgorilla” sent you in the referral box. Happy reading.
Have you ever participated in an online swapping group? How was the experience? Hop over to the Young Germany facebook and join the conversation.