Thursday, January 10, 2008

Green Mooching! Eco-Libris is partnering with BookMooch

I wrote almost 3 months ago about BookMooch, an online community for book swapping. Back then I was very excited to learn about it from an article I read on the NYT. Now, I’m even more excited to announce a new partnership between Eco-Libris and BookMooch!

BookMooch is a very cool book-swapping community, created by
John Buckman with a simple and user-friendly points system, where every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish. And yes, it's totally free. You only pay for mailing your books.

Now BookMooch and Eco-Libris are partnering to offer the BookMooch community (with its more than 500,000 members from all over the world) a special green option to earn points.

Starting today, BookMooch members can earn points by
planting trees with Eco-Libris. All you need to do is to choose the number of books you want to balance out by planting trees. For every 10 books balanced out you will receive a free BookMooch point you can then use to mooch a book online for free. If you don't have a BookMooch account yet go get one :)

The process is very simple –
Email us your BookMooch username after you make a purchase on Eco-Libris, or enter your BookMooch username in the comments box during the payment process. We will credit your BookMooch account accordingly.

As I wrote earlier, book swapping is a great concept: you can find books you are looking for at no cost, give books you want others to enjoy and of course benefit the environment. It's the same idea of a library - maximizing the usage of every printed book minimizes the need to print new ones and saves many trees from being cut down.

Don't get me wrong - we don't want people to stop buying new books, but as long as books are printed mostly from virgin paper, we would like to see maximum usage for each printed copy. Therefore, we support the concept of book swapping and communities such as BookMooch.

We also got into it - Eylon Israely of Eco-Libris is a BookMooch member for a couple of months and has already sent about 30 books so far. And of course each book you will
mooch from him is also balanced out with our sticker on it!

So check out
BookMooch blog for more details and start mooching books and gaining points with us. You will be able to receive great books from fellow members with these points and will benefit the environment at the same time. Is there anything better than that?

Raz @ Eco-Libris