BookMooch, found online at BookMooch.com, is a company that provides book lovers with a place to trade their unwanted books for books they haven’t read with other members of BookMooch around the country.
According to their website, people who are passionate about books usually feel that it is very difficult to throw a book away, even if you know you will never read it again. Most people would rather find a new home for the book with someone who will appreciate it. This is why companies like BookMooch and PaperbackSwap were started.
In addition, BookMooch says that they help keep older books in circulation, by finding new readers for them. And members who are not really interested in getting these free books can donate their books and points to charities.
Each time you give a book to a BookMooch user, you will earn a point. These points are what you can use to get any book you would like from other BookMooch members. Once you are finished with the book you have received, you can choose to keep it or to put it back into circulation using BookMooch.
There is no cost to join the website; you can sign up as a member completely for free. The only money you will put into the BookMooch system is what you pay when mailing books to other members. The only real rule is that you must give away at least one book for every two books you receive.
You can also keep a book wish list on the site. Books which you put on your wish list will automatically be sent to you when you have the available points and when that specific book becomes available in their catalog.
Users also get a Feedback score. Each time you receive a book, you can leave Feedback for the sender, much like eBay. Users with high Feedback scores are much more likely to receive books when they want them. Also, if you have any problems or complaints with the product you receive from a certain sender, this would be the place to relay that information.
If you have any experience with this book exchange community, please leave your BookMooch reviews below.
2 ‘BookMooch’ Reviews
I'm on paperbackswap as well, and I've found bookmooch to be much more active and less picky about the condition of books(as long as you put a condition note) than paperbackswap. It's also free. I've had no problems from other members or the company itself.
I attempted to join bookmooch.com and logged onto my account to add books only to find my account closed. So I emailed and they responded saying I had an account in bad standing- which I dont. So I attempted to tell them I just moved here which they responded to by telling me I have the same IP address as the account in question. I dont know how IP addresses work so I just simply tried telling them again that I just moved here. They then responded with the treat to sue me for mail fraud to which I responded with a simple "thank god you didnt accept me for your website because I wouldnt want to be treated like this as a user of your services and you wont be hearing from me again". They then emailed me again, that email I ignored, when I didnt respond they emailed me yet again. I asked them not to harass me as I had dropped the subject and I commenced to blocking their email address so they couldnt continue to harass me. I even went as far as to email usps customer service to tell them of the experience (just in case they are doing this to other people - bookmooch cant go around using the post office as a threat to innocent people). If you want to be treated rudely, with no respect, and be bullied then go ahead and use bookmooch. But if you want to be treated with basic dignity like your a human being then Id suggest staying away.