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So, I’m going back on what I said in my last post. I actually do have a few books that I could part with…especially if it means I get some new (to me) books. Basically, that’s what Bookmooch is all about: I list books I’m willing to give away and I make a wishlist of books I’d like to get. BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. And, so far, it seems to be working. I have received and given away several books without a hitch. How cool is that?
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I love books. Of course, I love to read books, but I also love the feel of books and the aesthetic of how they look stacked here and there, in shelves, in baskets, on my nightstand. I have a lot of books. I have so many books that I had to get a storage unit to hold some of them. I would rather pay to store my books than part with them. I’m silly that way. So when I stumbled across LibraryThing I was excited to see a Web 2.0 (whatever) social-networking site pop up that actually has some value for me. ‘Course I’ll never in a million years have the time to enter all my books (even with the obligatory bookmarklet), but it is interesting to see what other people have in their libraries and our interested in discussing. If you’re a bookworm, I suggest you give LibraryThing a whirl. You can catalog up to 200 books with a free account or upgrade to a paid account to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.
As I’m watching the coverage on TV of hurricane victims in the Gulf states and fire evacuations in L.A. County (don’t ask me why I get only Southern Calif. stations when I live in Souther Oregon!), it makes me wonder what I would grab in an emergency and what I would miss most. Selling my dream house and the constant self inventory of recovery have lessened my overwhelming desire for “stuff,” so I’m pretty sure that most of my most treasured items would be sentimental: my scrapbooks, the kid’s art projects, pictures of loved ones, my grandpa’s purple heart. But I do take heart in knowing that a lot of my precious memories have been saved online in blog form and on photo sharing websites, such as KodakGallery (a lot of older pix) and Flickr (mostly newer). I would encourage any avid amateur photographer to utilize one or more of the many photo and file sharing services on the Internet. Just in case. 🙂Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )