My bedside pile of books to read never gets smaller. If you’re like me, it’s almost as much fun to accumulate new books as it is to get to reading ’em. So, to continue on with Jan’s Monday post on the awesomeness of free stuff, I decided to share some fantastic book-related sites and programs that will keep us all on top of our summer reading lists in ways that are good for our wallets and the earth.
Locally, Coburg Coffee has a book exchange program. Just drop off a book that you’ve finished, and select one that someone else has left behind.
There’s a great website, Book Mooch, that facilitates this same idea on a much larger scale. This isn’t necessarily the greenest option, nor the most convenient for Canadians at the moment, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s always better to recycle your goods than not. Plus, the more books you share, the more you’re eligible to receive, meaning you can save those pennies for a summer treat. Perhaps some hand-paddled ice cream from Sugah!
Love to discover lost treasures? Another super fun way to share your paperback pals is to leave it behind for a friend to find. BookCrossing tracks the books you leave around so you can see what kind of journeys they make on their own.
Want something more simple? Trade with a friend! Have a coffee date and book exchange. Just invite a few friends to your local coffee house and have them each bring two books they’re ready to swap.
Of course, quite possibly the best (in every) way to check out some new books for free: the library! Duh.