So this morning I was tickled to read this article in The Book Standard about a newish website where readers can swap paperbacks:
Readers on the lookout for bargains on mass market paperbacks may now have the ideal outlet: PaperbackSwap.com. A six-month-old Website, PaperbackSwap.com allows users to swap books, pure and simple. Members post titles they’d like to get rid of and, in exchange for mailing them to other members who have requested them, they can search for the used titles they want.
What a good idea. Click over and read the article, especially the second half, where a couple of used-book store owners give reasons why their business isn't threatened by this kind of operation.
Here's something else I stumbled across this morning: on my husband's bedside table I found a bookmark that said, "Return this book with your receipt for a 50% refund." I wasn't aware that stores in airports all over the country are participating in this program, but you can actually buy a book in one city and get your refund in another. That's great for people like my husband. He flies every week--sometimes twice a week--and "lives" in several different airports.
When he phoned just a little while ago I told him I'd found the bookmark. "This is a great idea," I said. Knowing that he purchases three or four $8 books every week--usually at the airport--I congratulated him on getting half his money back. But no, he said, although he's thought about it several times, he has never taken advantage of that refund offer.
"Because I keep losing my receipts," he said.
Ah. Well, at least the man is reading.