February 20, 2013

Beyond the Shelf - BookMooch

Where to go? BookMooch

What's it all about? BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books where you can give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

Who should check it out? For potential "moochers" who want to obtain something without paying for it, or to borrow something without intending to return it.

Time well spent? Probably. You see due to the horrendous postage rates in my country joining is just not an option as sending one book will, on average, cost more than buying a whole new copy. The thing is that the idea itself is fantastic and I've heard a lot of good things about this site. If you're a BookMoocher, feel free to share you experiences below.

One for the road ...


  1. I am a member but not a big fan of Bookmooch. It is international, but honestly, hardly any books are available international. I have found almost every book I ever wanted in English on my German swap site, whereas on Bookmooch they are not available (often even not at all, not even international). I find the choice, esp. for international swappers, most disappointing.

  2. I'm a member and I'm a bit ambivalent. I've found quite a few books (even internationally) but I also discovered that they hardly ever have a book from my wishlist (the idea is that you get an email whenever a wishlist book is available). But I do sometimes browse for books and find it available. Sometimes even from inside my country.

    I think it's a great idea, especially for slightly older books and books that aren't quite so popular.

  3. I am a member and have always found the site to be really useful and a positive experience. I have built up a large stash of points so I am not offering any books there at the moment because I'm trying to spend my points down, but I think the site itself is great.
    (It might help that I live in the UK - lots of books are available, and postage is cheap).