Having been encouraged by a comment from Esther a couple of posts down the page (see my giveaway), I joined Bookmooch ( yesterday. I was put off before, as Bookmooch is not a straight-forward swapping forum like ReadItSwapIt. In BM essentially you list the books you’re willing to give away, people request them and you get points which you use to get books you want. So far, so good.

I added about 25 books, and got bombarded by people wanting them, so I’ve sent off 9 packages to points east and west around the globe (you get more points if you’re willing to post worldwide). So I’ve already spent about £15 in P&P, but have reduced the amount on my swap/for sale shelf by six inches or so. Time to find some books to spend my hard-earned points on …

This is where I’ve failed so far. The few books I found that I want to read are not in the best condition, and I do have a slight thing about tatty books. Also the Bookmooch system is not as transparent as RISI, where you can see the condition up front – you have to click on the copy selected again to see more details. There is an option to donate your points to charities so they can get books. A very worthy thing to do, but I want to get a few books back first!

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  1. Teresa says:

    I love Bookmooch, especially for getting books that aren’t available in the U.S. I find that maintaining a Wishlist, instead of shopping for currently posted books is the best way to get books that I want. The books I’m interested in aren’t generally readily available, but they show up eventually. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll find something you like eventually.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just joined as well, so we’ll see how it goes! The interface isn’t that intuitive, and I’d like to see more features, but it’ll be nice to get some of the stuff I don’t want off my shelves. And I do like the idea of posting books to unknown people around the world – a couple of years ago I got sent a poetry book from someone I don’t know at all who offered it on a poetry board, and it made my (up until that point truly horrible) day.Anna

  3. Mickeyfreebs says:

    I love bookmooch and spend hours putting things on my wishlist and seeing what’s available. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I do! I should warn you though – although you get rid of a pile of books, you do end up with about the same amount back! My bookmooch giving pile is quite small now, but my TBR pile has grown somewhat!Michaela

  4. I do not enjoy BookMooch, I find it impossible to find books on there. I much prefer PaperBackSwap (I guess PBS isn’t international though?) because it’s much more organized and I can print my shipping from the site. Also, any books I’ve gotten from BM have been in horrible condition. I give it a big thumbs down 🙁

    • gaskella says:

      I gave up on Bookmooch too for the same reasons, plus I found not enough info on condition of books, and I was sending out nice near new ones and getting tatty things back.

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