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Subject: Temporary Swaps
Date Posted: 1/14/2008 9:47 AM ET
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We have been talking here & there about some of doing these temporary trades on hard to find books, and I was curious as to exactly how many people are interested in doing this.  Several of us have out of print and/or wishlisted romances, most of which are on our keeper shelves.  I have several myself that I'd be willing to loan out, in the hopes of getting to borrow some of the titles on my own wishlist.  For my own part, I'd be very willing to return these books first class mail, with whatever other specific mail services the loaner requests.  And of course, they'd be well cared for, and carefully packaged on the return trip.  I have some series books where one or more titles are wishlisted, some wishlisted and/or out of print Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Marsha Canham, Laura London, Adele Ashworth, and Shana Abe.  Nothing that would exceed the $50 shipping insurance the USPS offers for $1.65 - which I would want on any of my books with a resell value of $10 or more.  Anyway, just wondering what the general consensus was, and how many people would be interested in participating.

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I would be interested in this.

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 11:07 AM ET
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Kim,

Count me in.  For wish listed books I have:  Carla Kelly, Mary Balogh, Francine Rivers (Sarina, Kathleen), Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Chadwick, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Hoyt,  and a few others

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 11:25 AM ET
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Kim, someone is doing something like this with an ARC copy of a book.  It's on the Games forum.  She is requesting a credit from each person, but only when it's time for them to get the book.  After it's sent to the next person on the list, it's returned.  IIRC, she requested a two week turn around on the book. 

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 2:46 PM ET
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Maybe we should message her about this?  What does everyone think?  And I'll put up a list of my books available to loan out later on tonight.  It's going to take me a little while to make a list..:P

I don't want to ask anyone for a credit, but some may want that to offset postage...



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Date Posted: 1/14/2008 3:37 PM ET
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I'm the one doing the book ring for Really Unusual Bad Boys BookRing  (Mary Janice Davidson).  It's Wishlisted by 39 people.  7 people have signed up to read it. 

I do request a credit for it.  My thinking is if you have to put up a credit, you're going to really want it and take care of it.  In addition, if you lose it then the credit is mine same as if I had sent the book to you as a regular trade.

I allow everyone 2 weeks to read it (it's a short book so I think that's plenty of time) and once the next person in line receives the book, your credit is returned to you. 

I don't request first class shipping but I do require delivery confirmation so I can track it. 

If you click on the link above (the title), you can read all the rules. 

Book rings are a popular way of sharing a book.  This is the third (??) I've done personally but they're often found over in the Games Forum.  I think I wrote the rules that are currently in use for most of them (although they're often attributed to whomever they stole them from).  They seem to work for everyone.

Not everyone has a No Smoking Clause in their bookrings but I must, due to my son. 

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 7:28 PM ET
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That's actually a good idea if you're returning the credit once the book moves on.  Like a security deposit.  I really didn't think of that.  My thinking was the book goes back to the owner in between, or at least every so often, so they can check on the condition periodically.  Some of the older books might have to be pulled out of circulation at some point, just so they don't get worn out from so much handling.  After every trade could be a bit much though - it would mean owners would be spending more money on mailing their books, but I'd still like to check on at least a few of them every so often.  Some others, I probably won't care much.  Ultimately though, I want to keep my keepers.  It's just obvious to me that some people may never get to read certain books, because it's difficult to get them or cost prohibitive to buy some of them.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 2:35 PM ET
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You could set it up that you'll only send to X number of people.  Others would go on a waiting list.  When you got the book back, you could assess it's condition and determine if you wanted to send to others.  Again, you can set whatever limits you want.

I don't allow smokers and I require the book be wrapped in plastic so it won't get wet in the mail.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 4:13 PM ET
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It sounds like a neat idea, but I think I only have 1 book on my keeper shelf that is wishlisted, and it is available in paperback, so I wouldn't be much help:)

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 6:52 PM ET
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It does sound like a good idea but I hate to let any of my keepers out of my sight.  I have mainly category books, I doubt many of them are WL anyway.