I love books. I have been known to give up eating lunch in order to buy a book and that’s saying a lot because the other thing I love is food. My books are like old friends—we’ve been together for a long time, I hang out with them a lot, we never get sick of each other, and I have no intention of ever getting rid of them.
But there are books on my shelf that I read once and never picked up again. Or the ones I never got around to reading at all and probably never will. Or the bestseller that was a sweet gift but just isn’t my cup of tea.
Meanwhile, somewhere out there, there’s someone who would love to have those books I’ve been neglecting.
Say hello to BookMooch. BookMooch recycles your books by giving them to the people who want them and you, in turn, get to pick up new reads from your fellow moochers. Here’s how it works: You sign up at BookMooch.com and list the books you’re willing to give away. Other moochers send requests for your books and you send them off to their new loving homes (you pay for shipping). You get points for every book you send. Then you search the database for the books you want and use your points to “buy” new reads from your moocher friends (they pay for shipping).
Everyone wins: Your old books find new, loving homes and then you have room on your bookshelf for your next BFF. (Book Friends Forever.)