The calm at the center of a pearl

July 3, 2007

Bookins — or, what to do with your spare books.

Filed under: Interesting/useful sites — kyraninse @ 6:17 pm

I don’t know about other people, but I have stacks upon stacks upon stacks of books in my tiny college room. In fact, I’d say that at least 50% of my possessions are books.

It’s a failing, I do think I literally cannot walk into a bookstore without buying at least 2, if not an entire armful of books. Amazon.com doesn’t help in the slightest either. With their “customers who bought this also bought xxx” and “recommendations”, I can easily rack up more than 100 dollars in less time than it takes to say Jack Robinson. My save for later cache is 232 items deep at this point, sure to swell to 300 soon.

But the thing is — not all books are good books.

Even after carefully reading all 56 reviews of a book to decide if I would like a book, it’s entirely likely to come up with a dud. *reflectively* Of course, it’s also possible that ratings have been boosted by reviews from friends and co. of the author, something which I hear is quite the thing to do.

At any rate, it’s a problem when you have valuable bookshelf real estate that is being taken up by books that you do not care to have lying around or even to be in possession of AND the buyers on Amazon.com are not offering enough to even cover shipping expenses.

Which brings me to Bookins.

This is a site where you can list your books for trade, browse for books, and get books for only 3.99 each.

How it works is that you get free postage that you can print out when someone wants a book that you have, which you in turn recieve Bookins points for. Then you can go out and spend those points on books that other people own and only pay for shipping, at 3.99 a pop.

I really like this system, except it seems that they rarely have books that I like. Also, depending on how in demand your books are, your books could still be sitting there gathering dust.

I’d recommend doing this if your books are next to worthless on amazon.com and abebooks and etc and you have room for a couple boxes of books in your home. I’m not sure, but I think that it used to be that people could “buy” points, but I don’t see that on the site anymore, so I could’ve just been hallucinating. *grin*

Still, great way to reuse books and get more. Always a good thing, in my book.

P.S: if you’re tech savvy, then you can have a permanently displayed widget on your site, I still must needs figure out how to use it though. 😛

P.P.S: I found out how to use it, but I want the spiffy colourful one, not the gray thing I currently have! 😦 Might need to learn how to play with code now.

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1 Comment »

  1. It’s also great if your local post office always has a long line. With Bookins, you just need to put the envelope in the mailbox.

    Comment by Kathy — September 15, 2007 @ 12:52 am


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