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Friday, March 17, 2006

Chapter One Hundred Three, in which Questions are posed

Question: What do the following books have in common?

Primordial: Pecial Investigations Agency
The Iraq War
Standard Catalog of Firearms
Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity
The Saint-a-Day Guide: A Lighthearted but Accurate Compendium
C&O Canal Companion
Dreamer: Firewalker

Answer: They are all among the books any one of you Dear Readers could have had for free.

Question: How?

Answer: Bookins. Your Bibliothecary came upon this site back in November, billed as "Your Guaranteed Source for Free Books." And yes, the books are free. Postage, however, is not. Yet for that nominal charge, there are great deals to be had on brand new books, and almost anything else that has an ISBN number assigned to it.

Question: How does it work?

Answer: Each book "costs" a certain number of points. When a book that you offer on your trade list for five points is taken, you accumulate those five points upon delivery. Then those five points are available for you to acquire a book from your wish list. And it all happens without getting out of your footie pajamas: Books you receive are sent directly to you, and books you give are left for the postal carrier with pre-paid postage you print at home.

Question: I'm a bookseller. Why should I give away books for free?

Answer: We like it because there are always books that we cannot sell either online or in the shop, and we can still find them a good home through Bookins. And in return for those books that we have no use for, we can acquire new titles for our own collection for only the cost of shipping.

Question: How good can it really be?

Answer: The usefulness of this site depends greatly upon the variety of books available. The more people who participate, the more books there will be to choose from. And so we come today to our Dear Readers to recommend this site and service. Go to the site to sign up today, or follow the link in the formal message below to give your Bibliothecary credit for a referral.

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  1. Great idea. Hopefully someone will start something similar in Canada.

  2. That is a cool idea! Might have to check it out!