Green Tip of the Day (for Readers)
Confession: I want to own my books. I don't want to borrow them from the library. I want to own them. I want to read them quickly (or not), loan them to a friend (or not), or... just... have them. I like books. I like the way that they feel... I like the way that they smell. The library is one of my most favorite places on the planet and I am like a book-oholic when I walk into a bookstore. I give books as gifts and I like to receive them as gifts. I love them.
There is one problem with this. I do not have the place to store all of my books and it is a waste of money (sad to say) and trees (yes, trees) to buy a book, read it once, and sit it on the shelf. I just doesn't make sense.
PaperBackSwap to the rescue. According to the PaperBackSwap web site, it is a way to
Mail a book. Get a book. Any book you request is yours to keep, share or trade. No late fees. No processing charges. No hidden charges. Every time you mail a book to another member, you can request one for yourself from over 3 Million.PaperBackSwap was advertised on the Today Show over the weekend. The idea was touted as a way to read, own, and/or trade books economically. The upside is that this also saves trees! Check it out and see what you think. I haven't tried it yet, but I do have a few books on my shelf waiting to be traded, including this new one that Matt mentioned. Now that we are over the "Is Twilight appopriate for my tween" dilemma. I can read something for myself.
Do you rent your books from the library, borrow from your friends, or buy new?