Appropriately named, BookMooch is an online book company through which its members can exchange books with each other. Its founder, John Buckman, chose this name for the company in reference to the act of giving a book away without expecting to get it back. Users, then, are considered BookMoochers and benefit in many ways from this unique trade system.
In short, users “buy” other members’ books using solely points. Every member can rack up points by submitting book titles they want to give away and by actually sending their books to other users. With enough points, they can then begin receiving titles from other people, and the process continues from there. The only cost to members is that of shipping the books they send to others.
Founded in 2006, BookMooch is not even a decade old but has grown to be a global business. Members can choose to send and receive books internationally or domestically. The company itself is based in Berkeley, California and had 254,000 Moochers as of 2014. Also impressive is the fact that through this business, more than 4,200,000 books have been exchanged.
There are several obvious perks to using BookMooch. For one thing, it allows book lovers a chance to make room on their bookshelves without feeling like they've thrown away books they once enjoyed but no longer need. In addition, it gives very affordable and reasonably attainable options for receiving new books. The following features set this company apart as well:
The company website for BookMooch is informative in many ways. There, you'll find plenty of details about the company's founder, background, and processes. It also offers a lot of information for members about making the most of their experience with BookMooch. That's helpful for any customer in that this company's approach to book exchanging is a bit different than others' approach.
Like any company, BookMooch has its weaknesses in addition to the strengths. There are many appeals to using this company's services, since it has a unique approach, a wide selection, and rapid growth in its several years of operation. But admittedly, the unique approach that BookMooch proudly uses also leaves a little too much room for error.
Not to mention customers also have to work through a points system, which can be irritating in its own way. In many ways, it's a little easier to just pay money for a new or used book rather than relying on the number of points you've earned in the system. (For example, some customers don't have a lot of books to give away but would still like to receive others' used books. For them, BookMooch is sort of useless.)
Bookmooch is a mixed bag but mostly its pretty terrible. If you are not dealing with the dishonest people who run the site you have to deal with various fellow book moochers who will not send you the books they said they would (you'll find you're waiting for weeks or months for them to mail them to you) or you'll get even worse experiences like I did (I had people send me books with LIVE BLACK MOLD on them, which is a federal crime in the US). The "staff" who run it including the founder are not above either limiting your account for the flimsiest reasons but they will go further and either not respond to your emails or respond very rudely. I know this sounds like a lot but Ive been on book mooch long enough to know what I am talking about. One staff member took my email and quoted it back to me out of context, that is he cut it up to say something that I did not say. and then accused me of lying! Outrageous! Bookmooch is slowly dying because most good books are either not listed or are 'ghost listed'--that is they don't exist and are their for you to order them so the lister can get points to use for her own use while delaying sending you your book (or not sending it at all). If I could give advice to anybody thinking of joining book mooch it would be; please spare yourself the aggravation you'll have in the coming months! What I did when I finally left book mooch was buy a kindle and get ebooks. its clean, neat, cheap (most ebooks on amazon by great indie writers are way cheaper than all the postage I had to pay to send books out to fellow book moochers!) and you don't have to deal with arrogant book mooch staff!