Thursday, December 11, 2008
Books books books (did I say books?)
Oh, miss posting to Green Issues, I really do! I have been away doing a lot of other things, and hopefully will get on track with postings. I have got a few ideas in mind already for the next posts.
Anyway, to start, a friend was telling me about a book swap event that she had recently gone to. The organiser invited around 50 people, some through facebook and at least 15 people showed up. Idea is to bring a book and put it together in a pool and you could pick up any of the books in the pool for free. It sounds like a great idea! I have already blogged about this swappy thing dunno how many eons ago, and there are some online directories to get started, but an offline, or facebook facilitated one amongst friends sounds good. And there was food afterwards too! :)
I think this can extend to a lot of other things, and one can bring stuff besides books, like clothes, figurines, etc. that you don't need anymore. Apparently, the organiser of the said book swap decided that it was better than giving them to the thrift shop as she apparently (allegedly - this is not from the horse's mouth so take it or leave it) saw them disposing (burning? though we were skeptical) the books.
I think this idea can be had for any gettogethers that people have. The rest that are not taken are then donated. So, you having parties this season - start a swap!
There is also another idea, called Bookcrossing, which I think I have also blogged about, but haven't heard much about that recently. Hope it is gaining some popularity.
Now, why this book obsession thingy? I have been buying, because I can't find in the libraries, manga, to read. I'm getting buried with them and sob sob getting broke as well. So, besides curbing my book buying spree, I need to maximise their use. Have been lending to friends (but not everyone likes manga? ;p), and besides those, to make room, book swaps or finding secondhand buyers sounds like a good idea.
Posted by Nausicaa at 2:29 PM