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*hears her voice echo* [Nov. 30th, 2005|12:34 pm]


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Please start posting about yourselves, your favorite books, authors otherwise we'll never get this show off the road! Even if you don't have books that you particularly want, this community is also about pressing that book you love and changed your life on other people who share similar tastes - so it don't matter if you're a giver or a taker.
Few items of business:
1. chillies, one of the moderators of the incredibly useful and efficient group Freecycle Edinburgh has suggested that we could have our first meeting at the Really Free Market, which is scheduled for sometime in January. I think that's a splendid idea as it's in keeping with the spirit of what this group is about. So if you get posting now, we'll have plenty to exchange at the meeting.
2. One thing that I'm hoping will set scotbookswap apart from similar groups is the opportunity to borrow books - I was thinking it might be constructive to have a central register (possibly a separate community set up for the purpose) where people can note who borrowed what and when - also, how long should these borrowing periods last? And it would be nice if they were renewable, yes? One reason for doing this is that in the event that someone loses a book, they can (at the discretion of the lender) reimburse the lender, in books, or possibly cash. None of this is written in stone btw, please let me know what you think, either here or at mimeomai at gmail dot com.
3. Some of you, I noticed are registered as 'watching' the group but don't have posting access - I think if you make sure to 'join' the group, rather than click the 'friend' button, then that should be resolved.

We've already had one match (see previous entry) so get posting!

[User Picture]From: pisica
2005-11-30 01:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe an indication when borrowing as to whether reimbursement or replacement would be preferred if book is lost. Though I think if anyone lent a book that would be very difficult to replace, this should be noted upfront - 'oh by the way that book you lost can't be found for less than fifty squids on bookfinder' would be a bit of a shock. But if, say, we were all swapping original Chalet School books then that sort of thing would be understood.

I really like this group and the idea behind it; I just feel a bit overwhelmed by all the books I currently have to want to bring any more into the fold. We ignore those 8 I bought at the weekend.
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[User Picture]From: darkstones
2005-11-30 04:17 pm (UTC)
I read an article about someone in NY once who was being overwhelmed by books. His solution was to allow himself 1000 books at any one time - if he bought a new one, he had to choose one from his library and give it away or sell it.

It was an interesting system, but I'm far too much of a hoarder to ever get rid of anything, so it wouldn't work for me.

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[User Picture]From: sismith42
2005-11-30 01:19 pm (UTC)
I thought the idea was for this to be halfway between freecycle and a book club, so people could either get free books or borrow things they were interested in? What's this about meetings? I had origionally thought that the swaps would take place in a manner simlar to freecycle, namely, at the interested people's discression? (on a related but off-topic note, I was disapointed to learn that the Bookswap meetups conflict with another group (City Knitty) I'm a part of..) Wouldn't confining swaps to meetings limit who can participate? Also, re a register: what about just using this community, rather than setting up another one? People could have a comment on a "looking for" post with the details of the loan.

One reason for doing this is that in the event that someone loses a book

Wouldn't the most sensible thing be "a new copy of the lost book", perhaps as part of the rules? Also, perhaps you could state the obvious in the group rules: don't lend something you aren't OK with having damaged/lost. Speaking of, what about damage? I know my paper back spines tend to get a bit creased, but not too bad, what if I were to borrow something from someone who is anal about keeping them perfect?

I definitly like the idea of borrowing books, please don't take all this criticsm as a negative! It's more that I want to see the group work, and planning for these things first can help...

I assume one can also ask for reccomedations, like a library, but with more people to give advice!
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[User Picture]From: diotina
2005-11-30 02:37 pm (UTC)
Of course you can meet and swap at each other's discretion (as in Freecycle) but I just thought it might also be fun to have a social aspect to it - that's the book club-by side of it.

I think 'a new copy of lost book' would work in most cases - but in the rare event that the said book is out of print, or difficult to get, then cash or suitable reimbursement would be the way to go, I think. I think the assumption will be that when one borrows a book it might become a bit more 'well-used', which I suspect most book owners and lovers will understand, but torn (or even dog eared as bookmarking) might be excessive. Like a library, one should attempt to take fairly good care of the books one is borrowing.

And yes - asking for recommendations is great!
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[User Picture]From: buttercup_soup
2005-11-30 02:26 pm (UTC)
Why not put all the relevant posts for a central register in the memories?
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[User Picture]From: diotina
2005-11-30 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh, good thinking! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: aliiis
2005-11-30 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'll do mine later today, promise! When I have completed my quota of work work work for the day. In word count terms, am 1/3 done with project and have 47 hours left... it sounds good doesn't it, but what I've done so far has taken about two weeks (plus lots of procrastination/general avoidance) and is the easy bit. So back to work I go.

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