Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Toasty Toes Tuesday Thinger

It is chilly outside and there is snow on the ground and I am just home from work. But my toes are toasty because of the wonder fabric...wool! This is an unofficial endorsement of the SmartWool socks...so soft, and yet with the warmth of wool. If you happen to work for SmartWool and would like to send me a pair or two for another positive word, I wouldn't throw them back!

But you are here about socks are you? No, you are here for the every informative answer to this week's Tuesday Thinger question concerning a feature of Library Thing, via the wonderful Wendi's Book Corner. So on to the question...

Today's question: Have you ever used the Swap This Book function which can be found on the main page of any book...If so, what do you think about it? If not, are there any other swap sites you utilize to exchange books once you are done? What do you do with your books if you no longer want them anymore?

Well, golly gee! Again, something I have never seen. I have used the links just above it to look for a book to buy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Abebooks. But I guess I never read the whole Buy, borrow, swap or view part....I never got past the "buy". Hey, that is cool!

I have done a bit of swapping on Bookmooch. I have a lot of books and a small house, so I thought here was a way to get rid of some books, to send them to fine homes, and make a little space for the never ending incoming books. Well, it has not worked out too great. When I first joined BM, I posted a bunch of books and one person requested several the first day. So, I boxed them up and sent them off...and the receiver claimed they never arrived. Ok, I know I sent them and maybe they went astray, but the whole thing left a bad taste. And then I must say that I have some problems finding any book I want on Bookmooch. So actually, this feature of LT might help, since I can see which site might have a book I want without having to search each one. And also where I might dump swap some of my lesser cherished tomes.

Of course, then I would have to sign up at more sites and then there are all those new passwords...and I only have so much room left in my head...so I don't know....

Kitty, how is your memory?


  1. The whole passwords thing IS crazy. I have to have a password protected file to write them all down. Plus I am always hitting "forgot password."

  2. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with Bookmooch. I don't use that site very often. I usually use PBS and haven't had problems.

    I know what you mean about passwords. To make it worse, everything I do at work is password protected too.

    Have a great Tuesday!

  3. Passwords are a pain. I have one all-purpose password that I use for those sorts of things. It's completely random, so it isn't something anyone is likely to guess, but I use it in lots of places, so I don't have to worry about forgetting it.

    My answer is here.

  4. My memories not so hot, so I keep a small rolodex with all my passwords in it. I don't use the book swap sites - I just pass my books along and then stash them somewhere in our house.

  5. I've been using BookMooch with much success since last fall, though I, too, have had trouble finding the books I really want on there. Nothing has appeared from my wishlist in weeks! I thought after the holidays, people would be cleaning and listing their older books or duplicates, etc., but that hasn't seemed to happen. Disappointing!

  6. Haven't used any of the swap sites, but I admit they do sound like a good idea. Of course, I'd probably just end up getting more books than I get rid of - books have a way of just finding their way to my door!

  7. I love SmartWool socks, they are so comfortable
    This is the last pair I bought Smartwool Adrenaline Light Crew

  8. I am very particular about my socks...SmartWool are expensive, but very nice.

  9. I haven't used any of the swap sites and wasn't familiar with LT's swap feature until this question was posed. Any swapping I tend to do is on an individual basis. It works well for me and there seems to be less pressure that way.

  10. I have never swapped books online, so the LT and Bookmooch are new to me. I do, however, bring boxes of books to my local used bookstore to for exchange. I have established an account with them for years so I can just drop off the books and let them deal with them.

  11. do I live in some sort of book void??

    there is no used book store near me...annoying Big Chain book store only, no nice cozy independent stores...I need to move!

    Of course, I still find ways to acquire way to many books...imagine if I had a real nice store nearby. :-O

  12. Ohhh - I'm going to have to see if I can find a pair of those socks. My husband always complains that I've got the house too warm, but my feet are still freezing!

    :) Sorry to hear about your experience with BookMooch! I've been afraid to try that one because I think it goes out of the country, and I haven't figured out what I need to do to send books out of the US (poor excuse I know!).

    Thanks for participating in Tuesday Thingers last week! I’ve got this week’s posted now.

    Take care, Wendi


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