GoodReads and BookMooch
For the past couple of years, I’ve had a link in my menu bar to current books I’m reading, my Amazon.com ListMania reading list, and a few other resources. That’s somewhat—limited—in scope. Like any good social networker, I joined GoodReads at the invitation of a friend over the weekend. GoodReads is, at lack of better words, a social reading site—put up what you’ve read and rate it, add what you want to read, and what you’re currently reading. Pretty cool system so far. I’ve found a few books I want to check out already.
The Reading Lists link on the right takes you right to a graphical representation of my “library”. Cool stuff. So, now I can just update this.
BookMooch is what to do with your books AFTER you’ve finished with them. I have dozens of books (well, had) that had little to no value on Amazon.com and Half.com. Various books from classes, purchased, etc that I’ve read that I really don’t need anymore. It’s amazing how moving can be a motivator to get rid of books. BookMooch works on the concept that you give and take books for just the cost it takes you to give a book (media mail for a regular book is 2.00$USD).
So, when I started moving, I tossed everything up on BookMooch—I’ve given away 23 books so far and gotten 3… renewing some classics that I had years ago. Inventory of books available is here.