Friday, April 11, 2008
The instant karma of bookmooching
Bookmooch is a simple to use book swapping site. You register and give away books and in exchange mooch books from other people. You only pay for the price of shipping a book when you send one, which is how you collect points. In this way, receiving a book you’ve chosen is free.
I’ve commented before that books deserve a better life than to live on a cold shelf. Most of us read a book once, and then abandon it. In this way, a book fulfills its destiny: it’s held, appreciated and read by one, then passed on to be held and read again, indefinitely.
Sharing books also saves resources. Why buy a new book when what you want is lying around somewhere, unused?
I can’t promise I’ll never visit another bookstore, but I’ll definitely go less often now that I can mooch.