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BookMooch, How I Want to Love You

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Oh, I want to love BookMooch so much. What a fabulous concept, people sharing books across the country! I will nobly give a home to your orphan books, and you take in my unwanted books. Sadly, it hasn’t worked into the feel-good thing I thought it would be.

Here’s how BookMooch works: You create an account, where you list the books you want to give away (or find homes for, if you’re feeling sentimental). You also list the books you are looking for. BookMooch uses Amazon’s database, and you can search by ISBN as well as title and author.

Other BookMooch users can browse your listings, and request books they want to mooch. BookMooch assigns each transaction a point value – send a book, get a point; mooch a book, spend a point. You can see other moochers’ point ¬†balance, and see very quickly if they are more of a giver than a taker. But a moocher does have to give away a book before mooching their first book.

When my sixth mooch request came in, and I’d already been to the post office 3 times, mailed 5 packages, and spent over $12.00, that I started to question this BookMooch thing. And then one of the moochers wanted to know what condition my book was in. I thought, “What? Don’t you want to just read it?” But I suspect that moocher was a reseller, taking my book that may have been worth more than free, and making a profit.

So I have soured on BookMooch, and that’s a sad thing. But when giving my books away is costing me money, I had to stop and think. If my object is to have others READ the books I give away, I would do much better by donating them to my library, who operates a sale table as a fundraiser. Or I could just do what I’ve been doing all along.

Hey, have you read this book? No? Take it, read it, pass it on!

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Awkward Book Inscriptions #1

You’ve received one, admit it. An overly sentimental inscription written in a book of fairy tales from your Aunt Myrtle. A gruff inscription from your father. Or a giggly inscription from your sister with way too many exclamation points.

A book inscription sounds like a lovely idea, preserving a moment, creating a memory for the book giver and receiver. The reality turns out to be much different: awkward, stilted phrases found on secondhand books.

Recently, the local chapter of the AAUW held a huge book sale. It’s one of my favorite book related events in my hometown and a great opportunity to pick up some terrific books at even better prices. My parents enjoy this event, too, and picked out a book to give to my husband, who is a big fan of University of Delaware football.¬†IMG_1431

So far so good. It’s a bit dated, but that’s ok. We open it up and discover this:

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To David: Hope the operation was a success! Best Wishes – Jaime Young

Poor David! What kind of operation is it where people give you books about football and hope it’s a success? I blush to think…

I am hoping to make this a regular feature of Biblio-filia – please feel free to send me photos of the awkward inscriptions you find!

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