Swapping Up a Storm

Posted by Patrick Brown on November 2, 2010
What do you do with the books that are currently cluttering your living room? What about that precarious stack by your bed? It's probably a health hazard (What if there's an earthquake?!).

Goodreads Swap offers the solution. Since it first went live about a year ago (October 2009), Goodreads Swap has been very popular. In total, there have been 22,726 successful swaps on Goodreads, and over 30,000 books have been swapped between members. That's a lot of books flying across the country. The number is even more impressive when you consider that so far, Swap is only available in the United States.

The five most swapped titles aren't very surprising:

1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (153 times)
2. Eat Pray Love (129 times)
3. The Time Traveler's Wife (101 times)
4. The Lovely Bones (97 times)
5. Water for Elephants (92 times)

But which specific copies have been swapped the most times? It turns out that two books have been equally as well-traveled: This copy of Grave Secret has been swapped five times, as has this copy of Fantasy Lover.

While it's interesting to look at the popular books, the best part about Swap are the hidden gems, those books you've been searching for but never seem to find in a bookshop. And of course, the best way to make swap better is to list your books. If you've got a favorite book, what better way to spread the word about it than to share it with the world. If you ship enough books, you can earn credits to use to request books.

Why not give it a try?

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message 1: by Rose (new)

Rose Michelle, Lori, Nedra, Lesley and Pachomp must read their books extremely carefully.

message 2: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Or it's a very sturdy book!

message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Clearly that book has not been lent to me :).

message 4: by Margarida (new)

Margarida Swapping seems really interesting. Too bad that it's only available in the US. I hope that changes in a few years (or less) :)

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