January 21, 2013


For a long time now I've been posting the books that I've read with my reviews on this site. My original intent with posting books on this blog was to capture the notes I took while reading. Turns out I've very rarely or ever gone back to those notes. I suspect it is a case that the act of writing down the note provides more meaning than the note itself. For a long time now I've been a member of Goodreads and track my books and reviews there since they give me neat statistics and recommendations. Instead of cross posting you can just follow my Goodreads feed or friend me on Goodreads.

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December 26, 2009

Goodreads Book Swap

Goodreads recently introduced a new book swapping feature. The fact that the requester pays for the shipping is a big advantage over Bookmooch's point system. I've accumulated more points on Bookmooch than I know what to do with or probably will ever be able to use.

However, my initial interactions as a requester on Goodreads leave something to be desired. I have a multiple day unanswered request for one book. For the other book I wanted I got a note back saying the person was still reading the book and had promised it to someone else, to which I want to respond, "THEN WHY IS IT EVEN LISTED AS BEING SWAPPABLE!" Breathe-in, breathe-out, assume good faith.

Even in light of these setbacks I'm happy for books that would otherwise be collecting dust on my shelves to have found new homes. While my role on both of these sites seems to have been more of a book source versus a sink I can only hope that someday a book on my wishlist will show up and actually be truly available.

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