Have you got books you don't want? Are there books you do want? Can these two opposite ideas find common ground? Well, yes. There are at least half-a-dozen book-trading sites out there among the Internets.
I knew about BookCrossing, but that's not a trading operation, that's a book giveaway. I admire the concept, but I'd prefer to get something in return for books I give up. Fortunately, the good folks at LibraryThing have done deals with several of the trading sites.
Suppose you have a copy of the 9/11 Commission Report but you don't want to keep it. If you go to the book page for the report at LT, you'll find a link at the right called "Swap this book". Click on that, and you'll get a list of bookswap sites which have copies for trade. There are eight trading sites so far:
Each site has slightly different rules, but most of them ask that you list several books you're willing to trade. The more you add books to give away, the more points you earn. As you receive books, your total points are reduced. Postage and mailing rules are slightly different among them, but none of the restrictions are too odious.
I listed several books I'm willing to give up at Bookins on Thursday and several I'd like to have. Today I got an e-mail from the site telling me one of the ones I want is on its way.
This is pretty cool stuff.Posted by Linkmeister at December 2, 2006 01:27 PM | TrackBack