Any Bookmooch Members?

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disorderlyvision
4/22/07 6:59:25PM
i love bookmooch. i have gotten over 50 books, and have sent out over forty.

this is how it works for those who dont know and might be interested....

BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books.
BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.


Give & receive: 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.

No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.

Points for entering books: you receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book you type into our system, and one point each time you give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every five you receive.

Help charities: you can also give your points to charities we work with, such as children's hospitals (so a sick kid can get a free book delivered to their bed), Library fund, African literacy, or to us to thank us for running this web site <grin>.

World wide: You can request books from other countries, in other languages. You receive 3 points when you send a book out of your country, to help compensate you for the greater mailing cost, but it only costs the moocher 2 points to get the book. John Buckman, who runs BookMooch, has lived in California, England, France and Germany, and was frustrated by the vast number of books that were printed in just one country and not available in the other countries (for example, many books are published in Britain and never made available in America).

Wishlist: you can keep a "book wish list" that will automatically arrive to you when you have the points and/or the book becomes available in our catalog.

Feedback score: each time you receive a book, you can leave feedback with the sender, just like how eBay does it. If you keep your feedback score up, people are most likely to help you out when you ask for a book.

How we pay our bills: We tap into Amazon's book database, and if you follow an Amazon link from our web site, we receive a commission from Amazon if you buy that book instead of getting it free from BookMooch.

Why "Mooch"?: dictionary.co.uk defines "mooch" as: "to obtain something without paying for it, or to borrow something without intending to return it" as in "You're old enough to get a job and stop mooching off your family." And so, the word fits this probject: BookMooch is a way to get books without paying, and without any intention of returning the book. This is the American definition of "mooch" and one of two British definitions. The other British definition is "to walk or act slowly and without much purpose" as in "Stop mooching about in your room and do something useful!" which isn't an entirely appropriate definition for this web site, but it is funny so we'll just live with it.

Why create this?: if you're passionate about books, you know how emotionally difficult it is to throw a book away, even if you will never read it again. You want to find a good home for your books, have them find someone who appreciates them. Also, you may be interested in trying a lot of books out, and keep the ones that are great. It's a great crime to have a book disappear, out of print, for none to read. BookMooch keeps books in circulation, and finds new readers for them. If you're interested in getting free books, you can donate to charities, the points you gain by giving your books away.
xthe_scottx
4/22/07 7:13:10PM
Interesting. I get what I read from a library near me which has always had what I was looking for but I will definitely make an account and trade in some of the books I've collected over the years.
disorderlyvision
4/22/07 7:46:29PM

Posted by xthe_scottx

Interesting. I get what I read from a library near me which has always had what I was looking for but I will definitely make an account and trade in some of the books I've collected over the years.



awesome the more people who join the more books that are available to mooch. i just mooched three more books. great site!
nate22
4/22/07 8:01:10PM
thank you very much for the site.
disorderlyvision
4/22/07 8:15:15PM

Posted by nate22

thank you very much for the site.



your welcome
warglory
4/23/07 10:28:05AM
This is almost identical to lala.com, which is a CD trading site. I have traded over 60 CDs with this service and got alot of good stuff in return. If you are into music, and have no problem trading CDs, then this is up your alley!
loller90278
4/23/07 12:33:07PM
i just joined bookmooch, thanks for the heads up mate

my member name is loller90278 (obvious) and if u guys need a book, i'd rather send to you guys than some randoms
disorderlyvision
4/23/07 12:43:16PM

Posted by loller90278

i just joined bookmooch, thanks for the heads up mate

my member name is loller90278 (obvious) and if u guys need a book, i'd rather send to you guys than some randoms



i sent you a friend request
disorderlyvision
4/23/07 12:45:52PM

Posted by warglory

This is almost identical to lala.com, which is a CD trading site. I have traded over 60 CDs with this service and got alot of good stuff in return. If you are into music, and have no problem trading CDs, then this is up your alley!



thanks for the heads up, i will check it out
rcg916
4/23/07 1:12:05PM
Nice! I will definately check this site out... great idea.
disorderlyvision
4/23/07 9:05:23PM
let me know if you sign up i will add you as a friend
loller90278
4/24/07 11:37:06AM
it's a nice website (cool idea) but most of the books that i want to read are not listed on there
warglory
4/24/07 6:00:11PM
Do the amazon search. It comes up with the results alot better, or use the isbn. Most books come up, they just may not be in people's inventory.
disorderlyvision
5/5/08 1:28:25PM
ttt

thought i would bump this once, since this thread was started over a year ago and probably hidden in the depths of the thread archives somewhere. i know there have been a lot of new members in the last year who may have missed this one. bookmooch is still one of my favorite sites. i have given away around 100 books and received around 130
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