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August 17th, 2006

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06:00 pm - PSA: Book Mooch review
etinterrapax mentioned Book Mooch ( http://bookmooch.com ) the other day. On a whim, I went and joined it. So far, I like it a lot. I have received one book and sent one book. Plus I have two more books on the way! (I have received a David Sedaris book, and am looking forward to getting Everything is Illuminated and Foucault's Pendulum , all books that I really wanted, but not badly enough to pay full price for.)

The concept of the website is fairly straightforward. You get .1 points for every book you list as willing to give away. Getting a book from somebody in your country is worth 1 point; giving a book is worth 1 point. The points are double if you mooch from or send to another country.

The search functionality is not great on the site - if you search for a specific book or author, it works great, but if you want to browse a large category like "fiction", it sometimes freezes. And there are way more books on the site than browsing seems to show - they claim more than 15,000.

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Date:August 18th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
A similar website that I've heard good things about is Paperback Swap (http://www.paperbackswap.com). Like book Mooch it operates on a point system. The site is very user friendly and even has wishlists and request lists. While I haven't used their services myself, some of my classmates at Bridgewater State have used it and given it good reviews.
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Date:August 18th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
how does shipping and all that junk work? is it up to you?
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Date:August 18th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, you pay to ship your books to people and they pay to ship theirs to you. I always use the media mail rate at the post office, which costs under $2 to send a book.
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