Friday, September 15, 2006

Book Mooching Made Easy

Something terrifying comes this way. Now there's a website where readers can pass on books they no longer want and ask to receive in return books they want to read.

At, you can add books you will send out to others to your inventory. If they match a book someone else wants, that person can ask you to ship the book to him or her. For every book you add to your inventory, you get 0.1 points; for every book you ship you get 1 point; and leaving feedback also earns you 0.1 points. In return, every book you get costs you 1 point.

So far, the site has accounted for about 10,000 books traded, worth about $150,000. That's possibly lost sales for publishers.

How to make a silk purse out of this pig's ear?

Well, offer to give away your book. It might be a good way to get people to sample your book or to build an audience for a new author, whose second book is coming out soon (give away the first book, not the second). It could also be a great way to get rid of excess inventory or hurt books.
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