Who remembers bookmooch? (http://bookmooch.com/)
You basically just swapped second-hand books with people by post. I used it loads like 10/15 years ago. Got some great books off there back in the day, from all around the world.
It even had it's own alternative currency, in a way. You got points for book you gave away, to then request books you wanted.
Looks like it's still going.
Does inventaire.io do a similar thing?
Interesting, sounds like the site I was wanting to build myself.
Didn't know this exists
@peter It's totally old school (login is via basic auth!). But cool that it is still running.
Thinking about it, it's kind of like a distributed lending library. The points system and some other basic norms keeps it all ticking over from a governance perspective. No need for a central authority running it.
I'd love the same thing, but refreshed so you don't need the central silo site, i.e. make the interface federated.
I like the concept, I just doubt that it is very economic to participate from China for English language books :/
@peter They had a thing where you get more points when you ship overseas. So you spent more on postage, but could potentially get more books as a result. But yeah, don't know how economical that would be in the long run.
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