DirectActionMicroCharityFilter: So I stumbled on this link
and this link
at craigslist. Then just above it is this link.
And then I think about the massive pile of books I need to go through and that I probably need to thin the herd - but I also think about the fact that most of the children's books I have are sentimental family gifts I'd be loath to part with for that reason alone, but certainly not any material value. (They're well-loved books, of course.)
And then I think about keeping this sort of thing in mind when I'm trawling thrift stores and garage sales.
And then I think "Hey, that'd make a great website! A place to exchange books! Locally even! Or a data-mining app that would automatically attempt to find matches!"
posted by loquacious to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
First, sorry for the huge post. Had to get the hook in there. And yeah, I'm hijacking AskMefi for a discussion question. I love these things, and have a few other "active social awareness" ones I'd like to do. Besides, the tone here is usually just 1000x more helpful than stuff in the blue.
So anyways. Next, of course, I Google
. And I find The Global Book Exchange
. Anyone have anything positive or negative to say about the GBX?
It seems to me that even the $10 dollar door fee, or shipping cost X 2 + $10, is a barrier to transferring the books around. Plus, books are extremely heavy and costly to ship, store, handle, and then ship again. This is not a problem to suited for a centralized physical architecture.
Why not a website to arrange direct transfers? Does anyone want this idea? Take it and run with it, I'm not a developer. I could probably find hosting, if needed.