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An MN library style thing idea here, shoot me down in flames if not suitable!

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piffle Mon 04-Apr-05 21:40:25

My mum reads about 6 new release paperbacks a weeka dn gives them to me, I read and then send to second hand shops
What I thought was for the price of 2nd class postage (about 80p for paperback) I could send on to a Mn'er who wanted it, they then could advertise on the book title thread when they had read it and could send it on, I know Tescos sell them for £3.73 which is cheap and a library is free, but would anyone be up for this?
I have HUGE list of titles, good stuff to set up with and anyone coould donate?
Whaddya think
Am off to bed now but will look tomorrow and see what people think?

CarrieG Mon 04-Apr-05 21:45:55

I'm in - I tend to buy way too many new books so this would save me money AND space!

Demented Mon 04-Apr-05 21:56:20

Brilliant idea, would imagine it would work better than the book swaps which relied on you having a title the MNetter offering the book was after.

hunkermunker Mon 04-Apr-05 22:18:10

Absolutely fantastic idea - there must be SO many copies of the same books on MNetter shelves! Anything to dwindle my paperback mountain would be wonderful

paolosgirl Mon 04-Apr-05 22:20:05

Sounds like a great idea!

jjash Mon 04-Apr-05 22:25:09

Count me in , the more books to read the better

miranda2 Mon 04-Apr-05 22:30:51

Sounds an excellent idea.

piffle Tue 05-Apr-05 08:42:45

Right will bang try to sort out some kind of easy way of handling it all and log on tonight when kids are sorted to figure some details
imagine all the book shelf space!

GeorginaA Tue 05-Apr-05 08:45:11

Great idea - a suggestion - it's worth sorting out some sort of sticker to put on the inside of the book to say "Mumsnet Library". I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes due to life I don't get time to read for ages, then I finish the book and think "I know I borrowed this book from someone, now who the hell was it?!"

(I hasten to add, I always make great efforts and never fail to get back a book to its owner, but would be so much more simple if there was a name in the front )

bonym Tue 05-Apr-05 20:23:22

Great idea - I'd be up for this!

saffy202 Tue 05-Apr-05 20:52:10

I'd be up for it! Costs 80p at our library to request a book so this sounds great

darlingbud Tue 05-Apr-05 20:59:14

Good ideas.

mummytosteven Tue 05-Apr-05 21:00:05

count me in!

bensmum3 Tue 05-Apr-05 22:52:17

Great idea !

Kayleigh Tue 05-Apr-05 22:54:03

Like the sound of this.

Marina Wed 06-Apr-05 19:02:30

Great idea, Piffle, count me in! Inspired
Saffy, in fairness to your local public library, it costs them a lot more than 80p in admin expenses to get you a book even from a different branch of the same authority. Borrowing from a different local authority will cost them at least £3...and at least £7.50 if they have to use the British Library.
Agree it's a lot for the paying punter though (A Librarian Writes)

Dahlia Wed 06-Apr-05 19:08:21

Brill idea! I would definitely like to join in please.

macwoozy Wed 06-Apr-05 19:14:26

This sounds great, I've got loads of books that might interest some of you.

Juliehafrancis Wed 06-Apr-05 20:10:52

Sounds a brilliant idea! I have loads of paperbacks that would be very happy to pass on...

Something like bookcrossing? Might be worth checking out this site

beansprout Wed 06-Apr-05 20:12:28

I'm up for this too - fab idea.

kid Wed 06-Apr-05 20:14:44

That link doesn't work but I know that site and its brilliant. I was lucky enough to track down a book that was 20 years old and my MIL had been searching high and low for it.

Juliehafrancis Wed 06-Apr-05 20:26:34

Oh sorry! its

Miaou Wed 06-Apr-05 20:37:23

Ooooh brilliant idea. I was thinking of setting up something like this on a small scale when I lived on an island but I've moved now. I use my local library loads but they are quite limited. Count me in!!!

dyzzidi Wed 06-Apr-05 21:05:07

Any ideas on how it would work???

I say after just putting 48 books for sale on amazon

I need to sell mine on a regular basis to make room for new ones, not to make money !!!

Would be happy just to send them on to someone so long as they pay postage.

Miaou Sat 09-Apr-05 10:01:26

OK I have been having a think about this and have a few ideas.

1. We would need a central database with all the books on it. I would suggest using Microsoft Excel to create one. THere are much better tools but this is one that (almost) everyone will have and therefore can access. The Excel doc will contain book title, author, possibly blurb (lifted from Amazon!!), MN name and email address of book owner, if book is available, and who has the book if not.

2. Borrowing procedure would work as follows:
MNer gets hold of "library list" - either by emailing the central database holder, or by the database holder issuing an updated booklist every week or so. They choose a book based on what is available. They contact the book owner by email to arrange sending, exchange RL names and addresses etc. Book owner contacts the central database holder to inform them that the book has been lent out and to who (MN name), so that they can update the database.

3. Books can be lent out for an indefinite period.

4. Postage costs - I would suggest these are paid by the sender, just for the sake of simplicity - however, if you find yourself lending out much more than you are borrowing then this could become expensive, so would need to review.

5. If you want to borrow a book that someone else is borrowing, their MN name will appear on the booklist. You could then either CAT or email them and ask them to post it onto you rather than the book owner.

How does this sound? I am very aware piffle that this was your idea but am happy to help set up/administer a database if we decide to go that way - but don't want to tread on anyone's toes!


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