Someone finally found an acceptable way to be a mooch!
People can trade books with people throughout the country or even the world (you decide). The idea is you list books you are willing to send to other people and then you can mooch books from other people.
There is no membership fee, so the only expense is shipping books to other people. By the time I’d sent 20 books, their value offset the amount I had paid in shipping books, so it really does save money in the long run. Remember to send books using media mail; the post office will tell you if it is cheaper to send a book first class.
Be forewarned: this website requires patience–the book you want may not immediately be available and when it is available, you have to be the first person to mooch it and then wait for it to arrive. If you are impatient, this website is not for you. There are other websites that use a similar “trading” concept, so find one that suits you.
LisaG’s note: I’m also becoming particular to Paperback Swap.