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Time Magazine mentions BM

A short parenthetical comment about BookMooch in this Time magazine article:
http://business.time.com/2012/05/25/is-innovation-dead-or-doing-just-fine-thank-you/

it's a pretty snarky article entitled "is innovation dead", and the BM mention is:

 (Heck, a couple of years back I got pretty enthusiastic about the book-trading social media site BookMooch, until I realized that fully participating in it would require lots of tedious trips to the post office.)

John Buckman
2 years ago

Comments



I guess the same applied to ebay, selling on Amazon or any other site where you send stuff. Personally I am happy to leave the house and not be a total lard arse!
markus petz
2 years ago
Everybody is a critic, unless they come-up with the innovation themselves.

Keep doing what you're doing, and we'll keep supporting you.

Hercules40 (a.k.a. PapaG)
2 years ago
Huh! Well, you know what they say, any publicity is good publicity! Keep up the great work with BookMooch, John :)
michelle
2 years ago
Bookmooch IS quite addicting!
RachK
2 years ago
Hi John

The concept has a feel good aspect and yes it may be a trip to the post office but I know that the recipient is looking forward to the arrival of their book . The comments left on receiving the parcel can be a highlight in an otherwise ordinary day. Keep up the great work and long live Bookmooch!

Jenny
2 years ago
look at it this way....we're doing our part to keep the post office in business! but seriously, even with sending books out of the country, i've saved so much money with this site, and read so many wonderful titles that i wouldn't have been able to otherwise....how is that not innovative?
kisah
2 years ago
There's this whole thing called Stamps.com - geez.
Bast
2 years ago
Seriously - the person who wrote the article did not realise that it all depends on the amount of books you add to the site that makes the frequency of the mooch requests! And with online postage and mailboxes scattered everywhere, I usually post from the corner of my street, which is not bother at all - it's a shorter distance than going to fetch croissants for breakfast.
soniaandree
2 years ago
One could say the same about growing your own food or bothering to go to the shops for it. The writer can surely scarcely be bothered to live, let alone write! May need to buy a pen or pencil some time, or shop for paper.

You keep on running BM and we will keep on using it!
One nice thing about BM is that people expect you to post the cheapest way and when you can manage to get to the post - we are very rural and our local Post Box will only take a standard letter envelope. But for the friends, exchange of ideas and access to books you can't beat Bookmooch.

Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
2 years ago
and perhaps you might quote your Bruce Sterling story here...
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
2 years ago
Tedium, the mother of invention... Apathy, the killer of inventiveness?
pgn
2 years ago
The innovation is in finding new ways to share knowlege. I suppose many think reading is tedious. Perhaps the innovation he is looking for is someone or something to think for him. Wait...isn't that Facebook????

wc

Wayne C.
2 years ago
I live in a very rural area, but pass a few Post Offices on the way to work. There are no tedious trips, love my BookMooch, glad I found the site.
donna
2 years ago
I use stamps.com at home and never have to go to the post office.
bucmjt
2 years ago
I use a combination of stamps at home and taking books to the PO. I live in a very rural area and can only put paperbacks (or anything weighing less than 13oz) in my mailbox for pickup. Anything heavier (some paperbacks and ALL hardbacks) must be taken to the PO. I'm 70 years old, but still I try to get to the PO once a week. As long as I let a mooching member know when the book will get into the mail, I haven't had any problems at all.
Jan
2 years ago
I wait until I have multiple packages before I make a trip to the PO, and I understand being a little lazy about it. But I love how the women who work there recognize me and I enjoy chatting with them when I go. They have a hard job, but they always manage to be cheerful anyway. I would miss that if I never bothered to send any books out. Plus I looooooooooove getting packages in my mailbox. That's why bookmooch is so addictive. :-)
Yellowee
2 years ago
Royal Mail Online Postage is a wonderful thing. Post book in a post box and wallah.... book off to it's destination without breaking sweat!
Chris
2 years ago
They've never heard of online postage? Sheesh.
Sandy
2 years ago
Well, we are talking about Time magazine after all. The editors there stopped looking at things the way most of us do long ago. Self reliance and ingenuity are not valued. They would much prefer the government to come to my house, locate the mooch and wrap it for me! Holy cow what is this country coming to?
trish
2 years ago
I don't mind a visit to the PO. I kind of like it actually.
The Hardys
2 years ago
flipped over there and read the article then clicked on the author to see just who the guy is and it says he lives in Chicago with an angry cat. Somehow that isn't surprising, considering he doesn't want to be bothered to print out postage at home or make a trip to the post office. I walk to the post office. I really can't be sympathetic and really--what is the worth of that article? Many here have lost jobs that went overseas or to corporate raiders who sell off assets and lay everyone off. Both things put a dent in innovation, when a person works for a company that really has no interest in customer service, quality or a long range business plan and growth. Hedge funds destroy businesses instead of building a business. We have twenty year olds running companies who resent anyone who actually has years of experience on them and might see very quickly that they're incompetent. Between them and banks that won't loan money because they want to put it in their own pockets and too many government regulations on businesses, the state of the economy shouldn't surprise any of us. Been there. Done that. Seen it all. By the same token--we have that kid with his invention and others like him. We need innovation and we need people who can overcome all of that bad stuff and see a lot further down the road to what's possible, what hasn't been done, what's needed. I think those people exist-because they always have.
And yes John, please keep doing what you do. I've discovered a lot of authors here I never would have read otherwise.
galyn
2 years ago
wish we had a like button here - PersiaGarnett!
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
2 years ago
Maybe Bookmooch alone will save the Post Office from its financial woes?!
Shannon Yarbrough
2 years ago
I only get mail from my P.O. Box, so I make a trip to the Post Office 3 times a week. By now, I've mooched a shelf full of books, that I may not live long enough to read them all!
Gene Bricker
2 years ago
Yeah, because as a writer for a magazine, you NEVER have to go the Post Office ;p

What about all those tedious trips to the grocery store, or the mall? Or maybe this dude has people do his boring shopping for him. Must be nice!

Mixelle
2 years ago
I always take my books down to our local post office in town - a 20 minute walk away! It's no trouble to me!

I love to receive books from Moochers & I'm looking forward to one arriving in the next few days. I have been able to read books I couldn't find elsewhere - even at the local library. I have been a Moocher for at least 5 years now, probably longer & I've never felt it's a chore taking my books to the PO to send to someone I know wants to read them.

Keep up the good work, John!

David
2 years ago
Wonderful site and idea. I also don't understand what the Time writer was trying to get across. Life is full of challenges, mailing a package isn't one of them!
G.A. Teske
2 years ago
I love BOOKMOOCH! Keep up the good work...
Shannon216
2 years ago
I hope all our comments make John feel better. There will always be people out there to step on us, but we need to cherish those that lift us up. Thanks for everything John!
Janna
2 years ago
I value reading a book, and so does everyone who is on bookmooch. I don't let my books go to waste in the landfill. I'm sure it is easier and lazier than deciding to send your book to someone else, so I guess that's what he is...easy and lazy.
brushbird
2 years ago
My first thought is "consider the source". BookMooch is Great. There is more than one way to get your books out there into the hands of other Moochers and I do employ them all. So John - keep up the good work. I would rather have to go to the PO (which I never do) then to give my books to a charity or other organization (or God forbid the Landfill) where I am never sure if they are wanted or appreciated.
Viva BookMooch!
Virginia
2 years ago
Too bad for that guy! He can go buy his books and pay for them ! I love sharing and meeting friends who love to read too, Besides, I've gotten many for my school library and really am Thankful for the very existence of Book Mooch as well as how easy it is to use. I'm heading on 70 too and want to say, a huge Thank You John for setting up something like this that is so not just user friendly but also ol lady user friendly!!!!!! :)
mary williams
2 years ago
Although at times the actual trip to the post office can be inconvenient (largely because I have a 1 year old and a 4 year old that accompany me), I just think of how excited the recipient must be to be getting a book they had on their wishlist.... because I know what that feeling is to me in the midst of an otherwise chaotic life.
LadyKohsman
2 years ago
I have a post office counter down the street in my local grocery shop. Perfect for passing by early mornings before work.
Mel
2 years ago
I think somebody needs to get a life! BookMooch is better off with out people like that. Keep up the good work.
William Cox
2 years ago
BookMooch is great for those people who love to read and share! I love it !
Manuela Ziemer
2 years ago
I find it exciting to know that I'm mailing so much enjoyment to so many people, and also to get books in my mailbox (like finding treasure). What could be better, and all it takes is a trip to the post office. Long live Bookmooch and the post office!
Betty Boggs
2 years ago
I think my mailwoman secretly hates me, what with all the books I get... ;-)
soniaandree
2 years ago
I can't throw books away and my husband was getting desperate about the amount of books piling up in our home. Bookmooch has saved our marriage!!
OK so that is an exaggeration :0) but I now have a great way to dispose of the books I have read.
The post office manageress, a friend, thinks I'm a little strange but harmless and I love to keep a note of which countries have received my books.
EstherS
2 years ago
Hello everyone,
Books are like little treasures. I've been caught carrying books around the house like a kitty does with a toy. I just joined B/M
In 4 days I mailed 10 books. How fun is that? The post office is
within walking distance. Good exercise. Can anyone suggest how I can find "Historical fiction"?
Weather in California is great. Have a good day.
Rickie
1 year ago
@Rickie I think the easiest thing is if you have an author in mind, as the genres are determined by the Amazon listings and that really means they are pretty dire, as large sellers routinely make new listings so their prices are not easily comparable with other sellers*.
So if you know you want something about the Tudor period you might search for Philippa Gregory and find all her books that are listed on BM. Clicking show unmoochable will also bring up titles not presently available, which you can wishlist, so you know when they are listed in the future.
You will shortly find you get to know people here with similar tastes and can look in their inventories, you may also have people send you recommendations for books they think may interest you.
You can also try clicking Browse and then clicking topics, but Fiction is a rather broad category! Also under browse is recommendations and once you start to build up some mooches they should begin to follow your preferences. This also shows how many copies are available.
There are probably more ways I don't know about!
*In fact when I want to list a book on Amazon I look for it first on BM which retrieves all the Amazon listings for that title!
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
1 year ago
Thank you!
Rickie
1 year ago
@Rickie I always search through Amazon and use the "mooch" button or search through Amazon from the "browse" tab. Look for the listing of an historical fiction book you really liked and then look through the inventories of everyone who has it listed, who has mooched or given it or who has it wishlisted.
Cara
1 year ago
Ricky, I read a lot of historical fiction. I can recommend some to you. Authors such as Steve Berry, James Becker, Raymond Khoury, etc
Karlene
1 year ago
Anybody have an idea of how to correct a mistake in acknowledging receipt of a book. There were two requests for the same book on my pending list for some reason (the original request was never filled) and when the book arrived I just checked the first pending request, which unfortunately turned out to be the wrong one. I want everyone involved to have the proper credit and nothing more and I don't want to be out more than one credit. Any ideas?
Mark
1 year ago
If you go to history, I think you can correct that. Click on the two people and type in the proper credit.
Rickie
1 year ago
@Mark. You can't undo a "received". All you can do is change the feedback (to 0 or -1) and indicate the book was never mailed. You can then mark the correct one received with a positive feedback. You could try contacting tech support to see if they can "unreceive" the book for you, but I'm not sure if they can.
Cara
1 year ago
Thanks Cara.
I did write the sender and asked him to mark it canceled, but I'm not holding out any hope. I have enough points that I'm not all that concerned but I do hate giving one to someone who doesn't deserve it.
Mark
Mark
1 year ago
@Mark, Since you marked the book "received" the sender can not go back and reject or cancel the mooch. It is in both of your transaction histories and can't be changed. What you can do is go back in the transaction details and change the feedback to reflect what actually happened, and I recommend you do that to help future moochers.
Cara
1 year ago
@Cara thanks. Here's a question for you. Much to my surprise, the sender actually did write me to apologize and offer an explanation. The sender offered to return the point but neither of us know if, or how, you can gift points to another member. I know you can do this in other clubs, I.e. paperback swap, but i don't know about here. Thanks for your help
Mark
1 year ago
Thanks. This whole saga may have a happy ending yet.
Mark
1 year ago
@Mark, if the sender goes to your bio page they can press the "smooch" button. This will transfer a point from their account to yours. Alternatively, the sender can go to "Charity" from their member page and give you a point from there. I'm glad that your problem seems to be resolved.
Cara
1 year ago
Thanks I sent the sender an email outlining the Charity method.
Mark
1 year ago
@ Virginia We know our books that we give to Charities are appreciated. We donate to Barnardoes here in the UK and they send periodic notes of how much they have raised on our 'junk' and also give verbal feedback about what sells well. I am always amazed by the amount they raise on things I couldn't give away! All our seriously overweight old series of hardbacks go there, as it is so good to know they are wanted.
Slim books, paperbacks and things with a big wishlist go on Bookmooch.
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
1 year ago
Hi,
Perhaps you can help me. I am listing a book Tick Tock by James Patterson and the title keeps coming up Mercedes Blue in my inventory.
How can I correct this as I would like to add Tick Tock to my inventory.
Many thanks.
Pat Moore
1 year ago
OK I think I've really done it now!
I received a book, when I acknowledged it, I inadvertently clicked
again, and it was sent BLANK. Now I can't find the book. I have the persons' name, would that help? It's not on my "pending" page either.
As for above, Pat, can you delete on your inventory, then see if maybe the book has a second name. It's happened.
People are so helpful on the blog.
Rickie
1 year ago
@Pat Moore I have sent you an email through B with some suggestions. Gill
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
1 year ago
@Rickie If you go to your history of books mooched page http://bookmooch.com/m/mooched/rickie/-/0/1 you can click on transaction details and change the feedback.
Cara
1 year ago
Hello, I am having some difficulty. I am having a problem mooching 4 books from a friend. When I go to my wishlist and I click the book and it goes to the page;
1. I don't see the friend's name offering the book.
2. I don't see the mooch button.
3. Or a combination of both.
Some instruction on what to do please or fix the problem for me. The friend is Rickie USA.
Karlene
1 year ago
Please people will you ask these "help!" questions in the newbie forum? I will reply privately to queries posted here by email but it clogs up the original topic here!
Bookmooch Journal Library Charity
1 year ago
Karlene, Rickie's account is only set up to mail to the US, since your account is Jamaica, the books are not available to you. Also, anyone posting questions in here should use the Newbie Forum for questions: Newbie Bookmoocher Thread
Sarah
1 year ago
Thanks so much for your reply. Since I am new here I am just getting around. You always make some mistakes at first in order to learn. Again I say thanks.
Karlene
1 year ago

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