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Book Mooch

No, I’m not talking about JP. Book Mooch is a community for exchanging used books. It uses a points-based system for trading books with other members. The only cost is the postage to mail books to other members. They currently have 2280+ science fiction and fantasy titles. If you hate the thought of discarding books, or are looking for a way to turn unwanted books into future reads, check it out. [Thanks to Trent for the link.]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

11 Comments on Book Mooch

  1. Tks for the link credit John, but had I posted this… miraculously older posts would have materialized with this very same info in it, and I would have to endure repeated RTFB comments. 😉

    gun-shy

  2. Hey “T” – RTFB! Just wanted you to feel at home 😀

  3. BTW, Boy T, if you don’t have the time to spell out “thanks” then it doesn’t really come across as sincere. :-@

  4. Just FYI (and I’m not involved with the site) but http://www.sf-books.com has been doing the same thing for a long, long time.

  5. (And sf-books has 6844 titles up for trade)

  6. Thanks, Simon. And as long as we’re being thorough, see our previous posts on similar sites ZunaFish and Paperback Swap. For a small fee, there is also BooksFree.

  7. Thanks for those, and I appreciate the reply. There is a Simon running the site I mentioned, by the way, but it’s not me. (I mention that in case someone goes sleuthing and comes back with ‘Aha! Gotcha, vile spammer!’) If I was going to hijack a comments thread with ads I’d be more open about it 😉 Actually, I wouldn’t do it in the first place.

    Anyway, the more books in the hands of readers the better, so best of luck to all swap sites.

  8. joshua corning // August 11, 2006 at 12:54 am //

    um i thought SF was dying so wouldn’t it be a good idea to well you know pay money to writters?

  9. Funny you should mention, Joshua. In The Year’s Best Science Fiction #23, Gardner Dozois continues his “sf isn’t dying” rant against the folks who claim that “sf is dying”. More to come in a future post!

  10. The future is now.

  11. Excellent point Joshua – I think it’s fantastic that you’ve called out something I was hesitant to focus on before.

    Hey John – here’s a question for your next interview with an author. Ask them what they think about the book resale market. I bet they will be none to happy with that, to say the least.

    By freely shipping around books as these sites promote, we’re preventing the author from getting the sale and – as you deduced, getting paid. As a result, less writers can afford to write SF and you end up with people like Mercedes Lackey writing in the genre. I’m calling for a boycott of sites like these – I’m sure they are scamming you somehow anyway.

    And I hate to say it, but all of us who purchase used books are hurting authors too. All the money goes to the book store – not the authors! What you think is a ‘good deal’ for you is in fact a ‘raw deal’ for the author. There are tons of used books reviewed here on SFSignal – showing directly our true disdain for the writers of the SF we purport to love. Well sure, you’ll have to ignore the books we get sent to SFSignal to review – we’re getting those because we’re a shill for the book industry. But boy don’t we cut it both ways – on the one hand we get free books to help pimp the product, and on the other hand we buy used books and squeeze out the poor scribe. That’s it – boycott used book stores – and only buy new from now on.

    And while we’re at it – aren’t libraries bad for authors too? You can go there and read books without paying the authors anything! The library is designed to give authors a slap bigger than the Dewey-decimal system. You know where this is going right? Time to boycott all libraries until they implement a rental fee system that has a significant portion going directly to the authors.

    Hmm, can I 451 anything else while I’m at it? Oh yeah, we can’t be buying books online either. Think about it – your denying the author the full payment for his work. Those discounts may make the difference between John C Wright driving a Lexus or a BMW I for one wouldn’t deny JCW the right to basic German luxury transportation! (He’s probably making a killing on those WWJCWD bracelets anyway, I know, but stay with me.) So no online book buying!

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