Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 Jul 2008, 9:48 a.m.

"It is what it is. Namely, it."

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2008 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I called last night's Babylon 5 "Married to a Mob."

Today: cleaning, brunch, and an "adult party" (in that I don't have to keep my guests from eating paint).

Leonard likes to give books away via BookMooch. While cleaning and making room on our bookshelves for new comics and thrift-store finds (yesterday I snagged a Thurber anthology), he coaxes me into giving away less beloved books, like the Jim's Journal anthologies and random kids' books that I treat as popcorn. My sister participates in the similar Paperback Swap service and also reports positive results. It's a warm-and-fuzzy way to declutter.


15 Jul 2008, 1:31 a.m.

Trouble is, if you use the credits you get, you wind up with the same number of books. I'm reasonably certain that I've ended up with a greater volume of books.

Beats non-stop acquisition of books with no culling, at least.

15 Jul 2008, 7:18 a.m.

Zed: yes, it does beat simple steady growth. Leonard is a hoarder and donator of his points. Come to think of it, he may be hoarding his points towards the day when you can leverage extra points to get extra-rare books or compensate senders for international postage costs. You may have already read Leonard's tips born of experience on achieving good Bookmooch inventory turnover.

15 Jul 2008, 19:00 p.m.

Actually, I hadn't yet. Hunh. Bookmooch and Paperbackswap (the one I use) are more different than I had realized. Paperbackswap is predicated on the notion that all books must be in 'acceptable' condition, and lacks a mechanism for specifying anything about a book you've listed. As a recipient, you can define additional requirements (no ex-library books, from a non-smoking home, whatever); the sender decides whether a given book meets the requirements.

I should write this up on my blog... I'd been meaning to write more about my Paperbackswap experience.