Tuesday, August 08, 2006


This is a cool idea: BookMooch.com. It's a points-based book trading system. You can list books you own and want to give away, then when someone requests one, you send it and earn a point. With each point, you can request someone else to send you a book. The only cost is the postage. If you sign up and list 10 books to give away, you get a starter point to get you going before you even have to send anything out. Should be good, assuming they get enough people and books in there to have a decent amount of interesting things available. I'm going to try it out.
[via Lifehacker]

Update: Within a day of signing up, I sent off one book, got credits for two more, and requested one to be sent to me. Good start!

P.S. You can view my wishlist if you want to send me something, or see the books I have available to trade in my inventory.


Trish said...

I looked at the site. Does it mean that the Sender pays the postage? WOuldn't it be a little safer to have the receiver pay the postage?

Graham said...

No, I think this is okay. What I'm paying for when I ship a book is the point I get from the site, which is presumably less likely to rip me off than some random person I might pay to have send me a book. They have certain allowances for "lost in the mail" cases also.

Lissa said...

Great to know about BookMooch! Thanks for the info!

Mike said...

Very interesting idea.

Well tbh first thing that came to my mind is that you can just list the 10 books, get a point and have a book sent to you, without actually sending anything out yourself... hope no one is doing this :p