Selling BookCrossing Books


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Selling BookCrossing Books

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Out 3, 2006, 11:19 am

Do you guys sell bookcrossing books?

I do.

I don't sell the books that I get from other people, although I have accidently in the past traded in a couple of books for store credit at a local used bookstore. Even if I wanted to, most BookCrossing books I've received have been defaced or stickered so I don't think they'd be bought, anyway.

The books I sell are the ones that I registered. To me, BookCrossing is a great way to track books I've bought, so I register EVERYTHING I own - including books I certainly never intend to 'wild-release.' But sometimes when I hear on the forums that people are horrified to find BookCrossing books on Amazon, or at their bookstore, I feel a bit bad. But not really, because they're my books and I can do what I want with them! But it's also my philosophy that once the book leaves my hands it isn't mine anymore, and whoever gets it next can do whatever they please.

How do you guys feel about these things?

Out 3, 2006, 11:47 am

Well, I don't, but not because I'm opposed to it.

I do think I'd be pissed if someone grabbed a slew of books from an OBCZ and sold them. But other than that sort of circumstance, I have no problem with selling books that are registered on BC. If someone finds one of my releases and sells it (or trades it in for credit at the local USB), then that's an opportunity for someone else to read it. and I've seen some thrilling entries from people who found BC books in a bookstore.

It always amazes me when people release a book, and then want to control what happens to it. Those things are pretty much mutually exclusive! When I see outraged posts from those who are upset about a book being sold, I wonder if they would rather get a journal entry saying, "I threw this in the trash"!

Besides, for me, Bookcrossing is about tracking the book's journey, not dictating how it should be made.

Out 3, 2006, 8:00 pm

I don't sell BookCrossing books, but I do donate books to charities that might just sell them.

I am opposed to people who collect BookCrossing books of others for the sole and/or deceptive purpose of selling them for profit.

I see no reason for you not to sell your own BookCrossing books. Why not? They're yours until they're gone, for heaven's sake.

Out 3, 2006, 11:25 pm

I don't think there's a thing wrong with selling any book that you own. If anyone has a Bookcrossing book that I registered, feel free to sell it (and you don't have to split your profit with me, either, *wink*).

I've tried selling books a few times, and it was much more of a hassle than it was worth to me. I sold 3 of my own books on, and I stressed way too much over the books' condition. Funny how you don't notice a crease or a food stain until you get ready to mail a book to someone else...

Out 4, 2006, 12:07 am

Hey, Megi, I agree that selling books is hardly worth the hassle. It's much more fun to spend a few dollars to mail it to someone and get a review of the book plus a thank you! :-)

Out 18, 2006, 9:03 am

Well, I don't sell them but I do trade them at TitleTrader and BookMooch, I thing it's the same.

Out 18, 2006, 9:48 am

I don't think those systems are the same as selling them. They just ensure a more equal involvement of the participants with the point system. I had read on the blog that one of them is eliminating the ability buy points (I forget which one). Since you have to give to receive, it still seems more trade-based than purchase-based.