I’m done reading Storm World (review here), so now you can have it. I want to get a mobile lending library going. If the experiment works, we’ll do it with some of the other books on our shelf as well.
Here’s the idea:
- If you want to read the book, be the first one to leave a comment below. Be sure to include your email address in the email field so that we know how to get in touch.
- We’ll mail you the book.
- You can keep it for month. Whenever you’re done (or when your time’s up), we’ll put out another call for readers.
- You mail it on to the next person. Media mail is cheap — two or three bucks max.
- You are encouraged to leave a blog comment with one interesting or surprising thing you learned from the book.
We’ll see how long we can keep this going before the book is lost, stolen, or destroyed.
And to those who are itching to tell us that this is a carbon-unfriendly scheme: no it’s not. If you were to buy the book at the bookstore, it would still have traveled there somehow. Home delivery by mail is actually a reasonably carbon efficient way to get stuff around, because it eliminates the last-mile carbon emissions that occur when you drive yourself to the store.
However, in the spirit of the idea, we do encourage you to walk or bike to the post office when you send the book off.
And for those interested in this topic, be sure to check out Chris Mooney’s blog.