Why is it so difficult to share books? Readers should be more creative and pro-active about promoting the exchange of books.
I have no idea who declared it so, but today is World Book Lovers Day. No prizes for guessing how I plan to celebrate it!
I’d like to challenge everyone to celebrate World Book Lovers Day by sharing a good book with someone you know.
Yesterday, I listed my ideas on new ways in which the book industry might bring books to readers. Today I’d like to talk about how readers can bring books to other readers.
It occurs to me that outside of lending books to friends, there aren’t many ways that people can share books. Initiatives such as BookCrossing are fantastic, but how many of us have actually done it or come across a book in the wild?
Secondhand shops are great, too, but they seem to be a dying breed. In the past, you were reasonably assured of finding one near a major train station or in a suburban shopping village. Nowadays, unless you live in Newtown or Glebe, you have to make a special effort to find one.
What I’d like to see more of are book exchange corners in office lunch rooms, community centres, common areas in apartment blocks, schools and universities, sporting facilities, transit areas (including airline VIP lounges), supermarkets, places of worship, hotels and other places where people routinely visit or pass through.
How to make a book exchange work
Confession: I made up this list. But please read it and tell me if it doesn’t make sense or if you have more suggestions. I also admit that this will only work for print books.
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