By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s the day after Christmas and you may find yourself with books you do not want or maybe even books you already have.

“I have a lot of books, and I read them once and then I don’t really have any need to read them again, and so they stack up and stack up,” Paige Beal said.

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Beal is a professor at Point Park University and she loves to read.

So does Sarah Schruhl who has over 1,000 books in her apartment.

“It’s an expensive habit, but if you have to have a habit, I guess it’s a good one to have,” Schruhl said.

Schruhl and Beal have made an important discovery of a way to unload those unwanted books.

It’s called book swapping, and the Internet provides several attractive ways to do just that.

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Four sites, in particular, are recommended by Money Talks News:

The concept is simple. Just post the ISBN number of your book on the website, certify the quality of your book and then it gets posted to your online bookshelf to be sold.

If you’re looking for something in particular, you can create a wishlist. When a book on your wishlist becomes available, you receive an alert.

Beal said online book-swapping can also bring book lovers together.

“You might meet some people of like mind, you might then be able to trade the same genre of book, the same author, read book reviews,” Beal said.


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