Online swapping is taking off in the UK, with several new swap sites going live in the last year. You can now literally swap anything for everything online - whether that's garden tools (at the Garden Shop), CDs (at Reload Exchange) or DVDs and games (at Swopex).
It's a new, ethical way to swap unwanted gifts this Christmas – without spending a penny.
ReadItSwapIt was the book swap site that appears to have kicked off the trend in the UK and remains the only 100 per cent free site of its kind.
It was the first known book exchange in UK that allowed members can swap old books for new ones – completely free of charge.
Members can choose from thousands of books available on the site, which was invented two years ago by two young British entrepreneurs, Neil Ferguson and Andrew Bathgate, in the hope that it would encourage book swapping and giving in the UK.
Despite incurring costs running the site, they do not charge members anything and now boast over 500 users.
"We wanted to create a site that would enable people to gain access to hundreds of books, without having to spend any money," said 26nyear-old Read It Swap It co-founder Neil Ferguson, a computer programmer who set up the site in his spare time.
"Christmas is about giving, not spending money, and that's really what ReadItSwapIt is all about," he added.
So if you're giving a book as a gift this Christmas but you're not sure the recipient will like it, be sure to mention ReadItSwapIt.