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book swap?

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:38 pm
by mrsflibble
i propose this. it's like a secret santa, only it's book based. lots of people sign up and agree to swap one book. each person has a different person to send to (hope this makes sense) and each person sends out one book. the rules are thus: it must be a second hand paperback which you have read and enjoyed, but don't necessarily wish to keep. price limit £3 for the book, postage will be minimal.

we send the books, recieve the books, read and discuss... whatcha think?

Re: book swap?

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:19 pm
by becks77
What a great idea, I do book crossing but its a bit hit and miss, this a great way of reading new books
Count me in please,

Re: book swap?

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:16 pm
by Thomzo
What an interesting idea. We wouldn't have any idea what book we were going to get?

If I chose books for myself they tend to always be crime novels. So it would be good for me to try something different for a change.

Count me in please.


Re: book swap?

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:53 pm
by prison break fan
Yes please Mrsfibble, sounds a great idea! I mostly read American thrillers, but happy to try anything. pbf

Re: book swap?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:18 pm
by mrsflibble
right, anybody know how i get this going then?! cos although i had the idea i'm not sure how to proceed lol!

Re: book swap?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:20 pm
by MuddyWitch
Count me in...but I've no idea how to go about it! :?

Would be prepared to send abroad too, btw


Re: book swap?

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:15 pm
by becks77
Perhaps give it a week see who wants in then give notice of a posting day so everyone can be ready, then pm a name to the next person on the list , so that everyone has someone to send to and then say "go" all post on same day hopefully receive soon after and read, a bit like secret santa. Is that the sort of thing?

Re: book swap?

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:50 pm
by mrsflibble
thanks becks, that makes a lot of sense. yes, much like secret santa. ok i'll give it a fortnight from today... if you hear nothing, someone pm me cos you KNOW i have a terrible memory.

Re: book swap?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:44 pm
by Shutsumon
I do like this idea but the problem is I'm a picky reader.

I'll read pretty much anything non-fiction (especially history) but when it comes to fiction I'm speculative fiction all the way (with the occassional agatha christie) but a lot of people hate spec fic. It'd be a shame if I sent someone a book and they hated it or if they sent me a book and I hated it. I think any book swap system would need genre control.

That is you'd ask participants about their tastes and try to pair them with suitable people.

Also duplication would be a problem - what if I send someone a book they already have or visa versa?

I'm sure there are ways round these problems but I thought they needed mentioning.