Monday, July 02, 2007
Pay It Forward Book Exchange

Last week I decided to give away a book that had been given to me by a friend…a “pay it forward” gift to a fellow reader. The idea was so well received that I’d like to expand on it and do it on a monthly basis, if the interest level is there.

Most all of us love to read and get “new-to-us” books, right? And if you’re anything like me, you love winning things (what a rush), not to mention getting fun stuff in the mail! So here’s what I’d like to propose:

1) Once a month I'd like to pick a book to give away to one lucky reader (you don’t have to have a blog to enter). It may be a book that I’ve purchased new or used, or it may be a book that someone has shared with me that I really like. It’ll probably be a paperback, just to make things easier, but no guarantees.

2) In order to enter to win in this book giveaway, you’ll need to publish a post linking back to my original post spreading the news to other readers so that they have the opportunity to enter as well. If you don't have a blog, just post your name and leave me an email address in the comments.

3) If you’re the lucky winner of the book giveaway I ask that you, in turn, host a drawing to give that book away for free to one of your readers, after you’ve had a chance to read it (let’s say, within a month after you’ve received the book). If you mail the book out using the media/book rate that the post office offers it’s pretty inexpensive.

So there you have it, my Pay It Forward Book Exchange idea, designed to encourage people to read, to share good books, to possibly get you out of your reading comfort zone, and to get fun stuff in the mail instead of just bills!

What do you think? Are you in? Please leave me a comment letting me know either way [I encourage you to delurk to do so]! If I get enough interest, I’ll host the next book giveaway on Monday, 7/9. I already have a great book picked out to give away!

P.S. If you’re really motivated and want to start your own “Pay It Forward” giveaway at any time, feel free to grab the button above to use on your own blog. Just let me know so I can publish a post plugging your giveaway and direct my readers your way!

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At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds great - I love reading and just finished reading The Mermaid Chair by Snadra Monk Kidd this morning (we're on vacation!!!)

By the way, I have already made your Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream while here at the lake for the 4th. We loved it! Yummy! And my onion dip you are going to try is wonderful - it's always the first thing gone at parties it gets eaten up so fast.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Ooohh, I love it! I'll definitely play along!

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Mrs. Pear said...

With moving and what not I have been a TERRIBLE lurker! I am hardly commenting at all, which is kind of mean considering how much I love getting comments!

So, I am breaking my delurking run!

I think this is great, and would definitely play along!

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to participate. I have given my books away several times recently, but I didn't have a cute button or title to go with it! Please count me in; I will post about it some time this week!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

what a great idea! You know you can count me in to pay it forward if I win one of your books!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

You are such a sweet person. It just shows with ideas like this. What a lovely thing to do. I would love to play!!

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

La la la .... IN IN IN ... La la la

At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Misslionheart said...

Count me in!

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Lorie said...

That is such a neat idea!

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this idea, and the creative button too! Count me in!


At 3:16 PM, Anonymous sheryl said...

What a great idea! Count me in. I'll
also pay-it-forward with some books I have already.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger mamabright said...

this is a GREAT idea!!!

I've actually been thinking that I would like to use some books I already have as giveaways...but didn't know if it would be considered tacky...???

now I can!!!

I'll start going through my shelves very soon!!! I can't wait to get started!

blessings, mamabright :-)

At 11:13 AM, Blogger lace said...

I think this would be a great idea. I will be blogging about this so my readers will know (although I don't think I have any readers)

At 4:33 PM, Blogger 3M said...

Great idea!

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

This is a great idea! I'll look for the book post on Monday!

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Deena said...

This idea totally ROCKS! Count me in!!

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Renee said...

Count me in! I have several books with which I am more than willing to share and I love to read!

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Steph said...

Count me in! I love to read and love to spread the books around!

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

wow! What a fantastic idea!~

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Any idea that encourages us to share our love of books with each other is a great idea. I love your "Pay It Forward" idea.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Melzie said...

I saved the graphic but will you email me with how to put it as a link to you? Thanks :) xoxo melzie

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I love this idea! I have actually tried to get it going before on a small scale with a few books on my blog that I got for free, but as far as I know, no one I've given a book to has paid it forward.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Gretchen said...

Great idea; count me in!

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Boy & Girl said...

So exciting what a great idea!! Count me in!!

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Paige said...

I would love to receive (and then give away) a good book. Good idea.

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Fun!!! I kind of do this with the gal's at church but it would be interesting to do it with all of you!!! Thanks!!


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