Book swapping definition
Book swapping or book exchange is the
practice of exchanging books between one person and another.
Book swapping use the power of the Internet to build a huge
virtual library, where people can get in and easily find books
they're looking for. Not only it provides an inexpensive way
for people to exchange books (in some sites it's even free),
it also creates in many places a sense of community. A community
of book lovers.
Book swapping is a great concept: you can
find books you are looking for at no cost or at a very small
cost, give books you want others to enjoy and of course benefit
the environment. It's the same idea as with libraries - maximizing
the usage of every printed book minimizes the need to print
new ones and saves many trees from being cut down.
Don't get us wrong - we don't want people to stop buying
new books, but as long as books are pritned mostly from virgin
paper, we would like to see maxium usage for each printed
copy. Therefore, we think the concept of book swapping is
definitely a way to green up on your reading and make it more
There is a growing number of book swapping
sites, where each one has its own unique features, concpet
or expertise. Here are some of the best swapping sites you
can find today online:
- it is the world's biggest free book club and more than that,
it's a community of book lovers who are willing to share with
others great books after they have read them, instead of just
putting them back on their shelves. The goal of BookCrossing
as they write it on their site is to make the whole world
a library". Well, they already have 622,436 members and
4,4422,881 registered books (as of today - Dec 28, 2007),
so they're definitely on the right way!
So how it works? you just need to follow
3 simple steps:
1. Read a good book
2. Register it on their website (along with your journal
comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and
label the book.
3. Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend,
leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget"
it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each
time someone comes here and records a journal entry for that
book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can
Go Hunting for it and try to find it.
- lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange
for books you really want. It was established John Buckman,
a bibliophile who created a system based on points, where
according to the site "every time you give someone a
book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from
anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can
keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone
else, as you wish." And yes, it's totally free.
- swaps books, cds, dvds and video games. Everything is free,
you only pay shipping.
- established in 2001, it's the world's first online book
swapping club. It specializes in science fiction.
Swap, swap, swap!
That Book? Then Set It Free - Michelle Slatalla, New York
Times, Dec 20, 2007
the Bookshelf and Fill It Up Again, All Online - Joanne
Kaufman, New York Times, Oct 15, 2007
a Brokeass: Trade wins - Kate Sheppard, Grist, Aug 3,
Relevant concepts: eco-friendly
books, sustainable living
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