Tuesday Thingers ~ Book Swapping

July 15, 2008 at 11:34 am | Posted in Books, LIfe | 9 Comments
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Today’s topic: Book-swapping. Do you do it? What site(s) do you use? How did you find out about them? What do you think of them? Do you use LT’s book-swapping column feature for information on what to swap? Do you participate in any of the LT communities that discuss bookswapping, like the Bookmooch group for example?

I do not officially swap books using Bookmooch or other services.  Currently I do share a fair amount of my books with other people.  I’ll send them off if I think someone else will enjoy them.  In fact, I brought my copy of Aberrations in to work today because I know one of my co-workers will absolutely love it.  I know I don’t have nearly as many books as others do, but I have limited space.  I have to be somewhat selective about what I keep.  I have been taught early on in life not to expect a book back once you’ve borrowed it – or at least not in its original condition.  If a book means something to me, I would be more inclined to buy a second copy to lend out to others.

When I am in retirement, I would love to do something like what I saw in Kit Kittredge: An American GirlJoan Cusack‘s character ran a lending library from her truck.  I don’t really know how I would pull it off, but how wonderful would that be?  So, I guess you can say that I aspire to be book swapper some day. 🙂



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  1. having your own bookmobile sounds wonderful! 🙂
    p.s. it’s my pleasure to do the tuesday thingers group- i love how supportive the LTers are of each other and i think the linking and exposure helps all of us. 🙂

  2. I agree with not expecting a book back – as a rule, whenever I lend something out, I don’t expect it back. Otherwise I end up disappointed!

  3. I knew a woman who had gathered up a ton of books to do a bookmobile in an area that couldn’t really afford books. The problem was that people would come to borrow the books and then never give them back because they were so overjoyed to ‘own’ one.

  4. Sorry- not to rain on your parade- I think running a bookmobile sounds like an awesome thing to do 🙂

  5. That doesn’t rain on my parade at all. If I were to take in books as donations, I could afford to let them go for free. I would love for everyone who wanted to own a book to have one of their very own. Actually, if I were to never give another book away between now and when I retire and start my bookmobile I’ll have enough stock to drive cross country without needing to restock. 🙂 🙂

  6. Me, too. I’ve been known to buy multiple copies of books I want to share, just to hand them around. That way I still get to keep one for myself. And I absolutely love the bookmobile idea!

  7. I do Bookmooch and I’m also part of a book-swapping group that meets the second Sunday of every month in Seoul. Buying books is so expensive here (not that it’s slowed me down any!) and it’s nice to have that sharing and comraderie with other expat bookworms.

  8. I like the idea of people getting together to swap books! I’ll have to check to see if there is anything like that around here. If I ever make my way to Seoul it will have to be on the second Sunday!

  9. […] while back, the Tuesday Thingers blogged about book swapping. In my post, I specifically mentioned lending my copy of Aberrations by Penelope Przekop to a friend of mine […]

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