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 totally do it! I joined Bookmooch in October of 2007. I started very slowly adding only a book or two at a time and right now I'm the most active I have ever been there. I haven't tried any of the other sites, Bookmooch is working for me right now so I think I will stay there. I have no idea how I found out about the site it could quite possibly be through the link on Librarything. I know I had heard of it long before I actually joined. I never had anything to give away though.
I think around the time Bookmooch was created I was busy giving away a few bags of books to Half Price Books. How I wish I knew about it back then, I would much rather put them on Bookmooch and give them to people that wanted them (and get books in return) than take them to a bookstore that will do whatever they want with them.
So far I haven't really had any bad experiences with Bookmooch. It seems like a lot of people go into it and list a ton of books and then have to go send them all out when they get mooched right away. I slowly gave away one every once in and awhile. I kinda liked it that way.
I used to look at the Librarything book swapping column before I actually joined Bookmooch, to see what I was missing. But since then I really don't pay attention to it. I rather just look at my wishlist or search right in Bookmooch. I am a member of the Bookmooch group on Librarything. I have asked several questions and everyone has been so very helpful!
A great deal of my books I've listed on bookmooch are library sale finds of books I already have. Slowly, I've been better about actually getting rid of my own books, it's just so hard!
Visit my profile here and my inventory here! Let's be friends :) A lot of the books currently in my inventory are my sister's. She's eagerly awaiting her first mooch request :)
I actually got two smooches a few weeks back and that really got me going big time. I started getting more mooch requests around the same time. It's been a very fun time!
In the last month I've mooched:
Coffee and Kung Fu
The Man of My Dreams
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Boyfriend List
and have Freakonomics and We Thought You'd Be Prettier on the way!
I think it's also helped to bulk up my wishlist. For the longest time I had like 40 books on my list. Really expensive nice graphic design books that of course no one would give away. I think I'm around 130 now. It's nice to actually see books available. I was very used to never ever seeing anything available.
Do you use bookmooch? What's the most exciting thing you have mooched?