We have all been there when we have had a cupboard full of read and re-read books, and we just can’t figure out what to do with them, especially if you are a possessive freak like me, and can’t bear to part with your books. I am also aware that it might just be because you love the way it feels when the books greet you each time you enter the room.
Guess what? My friends Pratik Datey and Sourav Chaterjee, along with Sanal Somasundaran have just made our lives easier with Chaabook, a platform to swap books with other readers. That way, we never have to minus the books on our shelf, and even get to read more (may I also say free of cost). Trust me, it means a lot to someone who spends a quarter of their monthly savings in books.
Not only does Chaabook allow you to swap books, it also allows you to donate books, and will soon enough even allow you to re-sell them too. All you have to do is log in to chaabook.com, either with the help of your gmail, or facebook account, create a profile, and add the books you want to swap. While adding the books, you can put in the names and other details of the books you would prefer your book to be swapped with.
You might want to be a wee bit careful since the condition of the books is not going to be pre-examined by the team. So what you can do is check the number of swaps a user has made, before exchanging a book with them. That way, you can be sure that the book you get in exchange is in a good condition. Also, if it is a same-city swap, you can always see the book before the barter. Chaabook also allows you to add users as your friends and check their reviews and suggestions. Pretty cool, eh?
Again, for the philanthropist readers, Chaabook also gives an opportunity to donate books to NGOs. NGOs can register and source these books free of cost. For further queries, please check http://chaabook.com/faq/ or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoping you will all stop by!