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Book Swap - Almost Time for Summer Reading!

lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
edited April 22 in Free Stuff
Sign Up link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhinB-p0pW9zkf0-ZuM0rG9SF5A3h6trXhgIZgtdPvwTYZyw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Timeline:
May 6th - Deadline to sign up
May 31st - All swaps mailed
June 10th - All swaps received (this should allow for plenty of usps error if shipped by end of May)

Allright, I have an idea and I'm wondering if anybody is interested! I've been trying to clear out some books that I've already read and am planning to pick up some books to read on the beach over the summer. I've made a half-hearted attempt at selling books on ebay but not a ton of luck so far even though I'm pricing them at like $1.

What I'm thinking is with the cost of media mail being so low - maybe it would be fun to do an MSA book swap. I'm thinking we could match up with someone else with a similar genre interest and each send each other 5 books. I know some people like to read books over and over, but not me (Harry Potter is the one exception to that.)

Rules would be that books have to be in Good or better condition: No stains or spills, no missing pages - but some dogeared corners or a crease in a paperback cover is fine. This is open for discussion.

I'm happy to make this as official or casual as people want. If there's interest I can make up a survey that asks for your preferences and pairs you up based on that (and your partner would receive your responses.) We could even try to match up smoking homes/pet homes if we think that's necessary. Or we can just try to use this thread to find a partner and work out details in messages. I'm not sure if this is breaking any forum rules so please advise if that is the case.

I'm excited and feel like I've come across a genius idea so if you think it's dumb please be gentle :s
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  • lizy7lizy7 Posts: 85Member
    I would totally be interested in this!
  • megganinwonderlandmegganinwonderland Posts: 213Member
    I also would be interested in this! What a great idea!
  • JackiecupcakeJackiecupcake Posts: 494Member
    I'd be interested too! Maybe 3 books instead of 5? That's a lot of books to ship out. :)
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    @Jackiecupcake sure! 3 books instead of 5 is totally reasonable haha
  • StephPetersStephPeters Posts: 177Member
    Love this! Count me in:)
  • CassieBCassieB Posts: 420Member
    I would be interested in this as well!!
  • JackiecupcakeJackiecupcake Posts: 494Member
    @lallen or maybe the people swapping could pick if they wanted to swap more? I just don't know that I have 5 books I can bear to swap! Lol.
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    Awesome! I'm so excited people are interested. Any suggestions for specific questions that should be included in a matchmaking form?

    I'm thinking I'll make a google form for this. That way we can collect addresses confidentially while signing up and if anybody is too embarrassed to admit they like Malcolm Gladwell or cheesy romance novels they don't have to announce that publicly. For the record, Malcolm Gladwell is brilliant.

    Also, I want to make sure everyone completely understands that these are used books you already have. The idea would be to pay attention to your matches preferences and use those to pick amongst books you already have.

    Definitely share if you have concerns/ideas about best way to set this up.

    Examples:

    Do you prefer paperback or hardcover?

    Genres you like:

    Genres you dislike:

    Favorite Author(s):

    Are you okay with being matched with someone from a home with pets?

    Are you okay with being matched with someone from a home with a smoker?

    3 books you read recently that you enjoyed (don't overthink this):

    Do you have a pinterest, goodreads, blog, etc. that would give your match more information about your interests:

    Things you dislike in a book: examples could be cursing, characters dying... not sure

  • jenelljenell Posts: 25Member
    I'm so glad you have a plan. I was wondering about the logistics and you've got it. I'm procrastinating on a speech and research paper, but I'll take the quiz when I take a break.
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    edited April 22
    Okay I went ahead and made a sign up form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhinB-p0pW9zkf0-ZuM0rG9SF5A3h6trXhgIZgtdPvwTYZyw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    I can still edit this so definitely let me know ASAP if we need to make any changes.

    Timeline:

    May 6th - Deadline to sign up
    May 31st - All swaps mailed
    June 10th - All swaps received (this should allow for plenty of usps error if shipped by end of May)

    I'm thinking I will match people up as we go. I think this will work best if instead of being all secret like the official forum exchanges there is open communication between matches. I actually made the address optional on the sign up form in case you prefer to just share directly with your match.

    @jenell @Jackiecupcake @CassieB @StephPeters @lizy7 @megganinwonderland
  • megganinwonderlandmegganinwonderland Posts: 213Member
    Filled out, thank you so much for organizing all of this!
  • JackiecupcakeJackiecupcake Posts: 494Member
    edited April 22
    Filled mine out. I'm excited! Great idea!
    @lallen - I just thought of something - this is for keepsies right? Like, we're not swapping a book and then someone will expect to get it returned?
  • CassieBCassieB Posts: 420Member
    Filled mine out too! :smiley:
  • StephPetersStephPeters Posts: 177Member
    all signed up:) What fun! Thank you for setting this up @lallen
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    @Jackiecupcake haha yes, this is for keepsies
  • jenelljenell Posts: 25Member
    filled mine out. Thank you @lallen for doing this!
  • ErinAnnErinAnn Posts: 136Member
    Would love to do this, however I am going on a big trip in June and the 10th would be too late for me to get my books - would love to have ones I could bring with.... Would it be OK for me to sign up and just tell my partner that I need them a little before June 10th? Don't want to sign up and seem demanding!
  • jenelljenell Posts: 25Member
    I have two questions. 1. the books I'm going to swap are all over the place genre wise. I'd like to tell my swap buddy the options they have (about 10 titles) and let them pick. Would that be ok? 2. I haven't shipped media mail. Does it matter what you pack them in?
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    @ErinAnn that should be totally fine. If you sign up soon I can make sure to give you a match ASAP and you two can coordinate your own schedule.

    @jenell sounds like a great idea to let them pick. The genre category selections are to make sure people aren't matched with someone with complete opposite interests because they likely wouldn't have much on hand to send. Once you're partnered up communication with your partner to narrow down what they are looking for is fully encouraged.

    and media mail is the best!!!!! Can pack in any box and distance is not factored in. However, no non-book extras allowed. If your package happens to be inspected they are very strict about media materials only.
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    Fun facts - the most popular genre in our exchange so far is young adult! And the most disliked genre in our exchange so far is Historical Non-Fiction.
  • ErinAnnErinAnn Posts: 136Member
    Thanks @lallen all filled out :smiley:
  • reganb1reganb1 Posts: 948Member
    Signed up, such a fun idea.
  • lotusflower13lotusflower13 Posts: 1,260Member
    I signed up too. I have so many books. I'm looking forward to this.
  • wldflowur13wldflowur13 Posts: 485Member
    Great idea! Are we doing just books from subs or any book we have?
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    @wldflowur13 any book you have! Feel free to include sub books if you like though.
  • lotusflower13lotusflower13 Posts: 1,260Member
    Ok I'm not technologically savvy at all. I signed up and have a Goodreads account, but how do I find the link? Is it when I go to my profile page on my computer and then copy what's in the bar? I don't even know the name of that. Ha, I'm such an idiot!!
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    @lotusflower13 haha, don't call yourself an idiot
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    Well there was more to that comment that got cut off...
  • lallenlallen Posts: 190Member
    I noticed a question in the responses about matching up with multiple people - if you want more than one match just send me a message and let me know how many matches and how many books per match.

    Let's stick to the same rules as official MSA exchanges and say no more than 3 per person, at least for this round. If it goes well we can always make this a quarterly thing.
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