I think this is going to be another of those posts that looks a bit like a sponsored article but which really isn’t.
I wanted to scribble a little bit about a website that I use from time to time - one which I get quite a lot of fun out of.
It’s called ‘Bookmooch’.
(Of course, you guys probably know all about it already and then this post will join the ranks of some of my other patently-obvious ‘discoveries’ which, in their day, provoked such edifying Blog-entries as ‘Breathing is Fun’ or ‘Have you Ever Tried Eating an Egg?’)
Anyway, just in case you haven’t heard of it http://www.bookmooch.com/ is a community for exchanging used books. The idea is that you give away the books you no longer need in return for books that you want.
Every time you give a book away, you get awarded a few points and these points can then be used to ‘Mooch’ a book you want from somebody else.
I find that it’s a bit like being able to nip into a second-hand bookshop online. You get to browse through participant’s book-collections or search for that title that is not available in your country but perhaps can be ‘Mooched’ from somewhere else.
I’ve already received a few good books this way and also enjoyed passing books on to people who have been genuinely pleased to get them.
It’s a 'win-win' kind of deal.
Although it’s not entirely without its downsides. Mainly, the cost of posting a heavy book to a far-away-land can be sizeable enough and the three mooch-points you receive in return can seem like scant recompense. However you can always restrict which countries you will send your books to and if your budget is completely hammered after a few of these overseas forays, you can just shut down the ‘foreign-affairs’ wing of your mooching for a while and sit on your points until a good book comes along.
The other downside is that when a book is popular - it’s popular. Some titles can have a long waiting list for them and some just never seem to appear at all.
But if you, like me, are drawn to books and like being in their company, this little site might be well worth a look.