Wednesday, November 14, 2007


So many books, so little time.

Do you like to read? Where do you get your books? From the library? The bookstore? What do you do with them after they are read? Do you have shelves and boxes of dusty books?

I came across this in a magazine:

The cost of all those best sellers - or the wait for them to show up at the library - can cramp your bookworm style.

Subscribe to to rent classics and new titles, with free shipping both to and from your home. It's like Netflix for books.

If you do buy books, what do you do with them after they are read?

I think that a book should be passed on, read by as many people as possible. What good is it just sitting on a shelf collecting dust?

Speaking of passing them on, recently I came across another neat idea for those books you want to pass on -

Bookcrossing, "the world's biggest free book club - catch and release used books.

At BookCrossing, you can register any book you have on the site, and then set the book free to travel the world and find new readers.

Leave it on a park bench, at a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym -- anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel next. Track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person."

Whether you are shopping for gifts, or just want a good book to curl up with, here are some more good websites for book browsing:

Barnes & Noble


Google Books

Fantastic Fiction


janeywan said...

I get all my books from the library, I've donated most that I have bought back to them.

June said...

I've actually done the book crossing program. I never found any, but left them. Mostly, I donate books I don't want to library, but if they don't want them, to Good Will. Nice idea, the book rentals...but a little pricey if you average one book a month. All good info to have though.

andsewitis Holly said...

I usually get my books from the library unless they are something I want to read many times then I'll buy them. That book crossing sounds like geocaching only with books! I might have to give it a try.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Book Crossing is fun. I've left books, but have never found one.

colleen said...

The problem is when I like them I want to own them! And if they're from the library I can't underline and highlight stuff.

Are you back from playing Pollack paint?

Sandy said...

What great ideas you have listed here.
My hubby just takes his books back to the consignment shop where he buys them and exchanges them for more books.
I just found out that you can also read books online from your local library for free.