I love books! But after spending years amassing (and that is the right root word there – mass!) my library I have a lot of them! And I have to admit I have a love affair with each and every one.
But in my recent quest for simplification I have realized I am hoarding that which I love. I have read them all – some over a dozen times. I hold on to them for memories (sentiment), incase I might “need them” again (fear), because I have a lot of money invested into them (greed), and – frankly – because I like the idea of a big library (pride). Not a great list of motives…
If I release them into the wild again, someone else will glean the learning, insight, perspective, and enjoyment that I have gotten from them. My library will live instead of sitting dormant!
I have taken boxes of books to the library and used book stores. I have sold some on ebay and craigslist. But I have recently found a much more elegant solution. I mooch.
Book Mooch is a online community of bibliophiles who share books. Got a book to share? List it on the mooch. If another reader sees it and wants it, they send a request to have it mailed to them (thank God for USPS media mail!). Sending books earns credits that can be “spent” on new-to-you books. A totally voluntary and collaborative online book sharing community!
I can even make a wishlist of books I would like to mooch… and if someone lists one of them to share, Book Mooch contacts me to let me know.
Simple. Elegant. Communal. And totally free!
I can enjoy my books and then send them on – knowing they will be enjoyed again and again. Why own when you can mooch?
And in case you were wondering, YES! I do have an RSS feed of my wishlist and available books.