I’ve been thinking about trying to organize a book exchange! I was inspired by Raven’s Flip-Flop Swap and Scarf Swap, and I love the idea of buying something inexpensive but GREAT for someone I may or may not know.
But when I pitched this idea on Twitter, not only did I not have a lot of interest, but I think I gave the impression that we would be sharing books we already own. That wasn’t really my intention, but would be, obviously, okay. Here’s what I was thinking:
-You would sign up to participate.
-I would make up a survey of some basic questions about you, your reading tastes, your reading preferences (physical or eBook), to where you would be okay sending a package, anyone participating you DON’T want to swap with, etc.
-You would answer the questions (probably via e-mail).
-I would pair you with someone, most likely with as different as possible of tastes in books as you, to provide some diversity.
-You would email that person for their address, and with a few book ideas to make sure they don’t already have the one(s) you’re thinking about sending.
-You buy them a book (or give them one from your library) and send it to them. You also get one from them.
-If you prefer eBooks, it is SUPER simple to gift someone a book via Amazon or B&N.
-If you have a physical book with which you’re willing to part, you can send it, but you probably won’t get it back.
-Media mail is really inexpensive, so I was thinking this would be a fairly cheap exchange.
I wasn’t thinking about a sharing service for books we all already own because there are already those out there, and it’s not something I’d like to take on. If, after my notes, you’re still wanting to participate, comment below, and make sure the e-mail address you use to comment is one where I can contact you about the exchange! Signup will close on Friday, August 31, and if at least 10 people are signed up I will go ahead and send out the survey. If not, well, I tried.