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Them's fightin' words!

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Editado: Nov 12, 2008, 10:55 pm

edwinbcn (an LT author) posted this statement on a thread of the BookMooching group.

"I don't think BookCrossing and BookMooch are compatible. BC is a site for people who attach no value to books: they damage them, and abandon them effectively resulting in lowering value, loss and destruction. BookMooch and LT are sites of people who attach great value for books: they cherish them."


Nov 12, 2008, 10:41 pm


I place a lot of value on books (in books? to books? not sure of the proper grammar there..) but I believe in USING books, not preserving them in a perpetual state of 'new' condition. I cherish the books I read quite a bit, thank you! But if no one will mooch it, then why not 'release' it into the world?

Next edwinbcn will be saying that people who use libraries don't cherish books because they let them get all beat up and *gasp* READ...

Editado: Nov 12, 2008, 10:56 pm

Next edwinbcn will be saying that people who use libraries don't cherish books because they let them get all beat up and *gasp* READ...


I was so fired up by his comment that I had to re-post it on the BC Talk forum!! I hadn't posted on that forum for quite a while, but I needed to vent and get support from my buddies there. :)

ETA: We added the link at the same time! :)

Editado: Nov 12, 2008, 10:57 pm

Oh, it gets worse...

edwinbcn later added this:

"Personally, I am not happy with people who (as I call it) feed trash into the system, ie ex-library copies, extremely old / musty / water-damaged paperbacks, heavily annotated / high-lighted / underlined books, or books with BookCrossing labels. No bookseller would ever want those books, because their (economic) value is nil."

Nov 12, 2008, 11:00 pm

Well, now I've just gone and stuck my nose in it.

Nov 12, 2008, 11:05 pm

LOL to message 52!! :)

Nov 13, 2008, 2:18 am

Of course, now you know that I am SO nosy that I will go look and maybe throw a polite tantrum, LOL.

I 'buy' books, I BookCross books but I NEVER sell books. Even ones I personally didn't much like may appeal to someone else. I don't consider BC labels to have damaged a book anymore than bookplates did in previous times. The guy sounds like a pillock!

Nov 13, 2008, 7:02 am

Chill, guys. This is a rant about the economics of books sales. He's a capitalist living in China! I think he's wrong, but if he's a little neurotic about the economic value of everything it's understandable. No point shooting a mosquito with an elephant gun.

Nov 13, 2008, 8:20 am

That looks like a bit of a shouty and contentious thread anyway ... and BC was stood up for nicely!

I'll remember that I don't care about books next time I'm saving a bunch of charity shop books from being pulped!!!!

Nov 13, 2008, 11:35 am

I have no problem with BC. In fact I think it's a great thing, but I would agree that there is a mentality difference between BC'ers and a large number of other book folks.

Many LT folks use this site precisely because they like to keep their books. Others here are using LT simply to keep track of their reading. I don't think there's anything wrong with either point of view. I loved BC when I was there, but one of the reasons I stopped using it was because of the mentality that if you were just there to be social with other book folks, there was something wrong with that.

That's part of what I love about LT. LT exists for both camps. Personally, I'm a collector. Not in the own the valuable copy sense, but more in the "it makes me feel good to keep my books and to own lots of books" sense.

I don't know what the fellow that started all this posted, but I would agree that there are differing points of view on books and book ownership. (Just for the record, I don't book mooch either. It just seems simpler to sell off books I really don't want and use the credit to buy those I do.)

Nov 20, 2008, 10:51 am

11> inkdrinker, that is what bookmooch, paperbackswap, frugalreader and the sort does, you don't sell or buy anything, you trade for credits that you can use to get someone elses books.

I do mooch/swap and sometimes I do bookcrossing, but I also donate to my library, auxillary and to the local school depending on the books I have available. Some books I keep (the ones I think I will want to read again) others I give to friends that want to read them and the rest should be read (in my opinion) so I try to find homes for them and if they don't trade well or fit in with what the school or library needs, I may take it to the hospital with a bookcrossing tag on it. The surgical wing always has need of something to read.

That is my 2 cents, it is just too bad that some people seem to set in there ways to accept other peoples choices.