Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Canadian Books Trading Post

Do you have any Canadian books on hand that you've already read and don't feel like keeping? Perhaps you have a few you haven't read, but have no real interest. Don't you wish there was a way to exchange those books for books you really want? Now there is!

All you have to do is add a comment to this post saying what books you want to get rid of and what books you'd like to get in return. Hopefully you'll strike gold with another trader and you'll both be happy.

A few notes to keep in mind:
1. Postal arrangements will have to be your responsibility. I suggest each trader takes care of her/his own shipping. If you aren't willing to ship outside the country, the courteous thing would be to say so up front.

2. Once you hook up with another trader in the comment section, you'll need a way to make contact and share snail mail addresses. I suggest (and encourage) you to leave your email but in a non-spammable format. Spell out the word at, etc. For instance, jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com. If you have another idea, I'd love to hear it! Please, if you agree to a trade, follow through.

3. Once a trade is done, I suggest coming back and deleting your initial comment. That way people won't have to sift through all the books that are no longer up for trades. Of course, if you forget, no big deal. If I catch some that are obviously gone, I'll delete those comments as well.

4. I recommend clicking on the "email notification" box once you leave a comment.

5. If there are a lot of books listed in the comment section, remember to use your browser's "find on this page" feature to help. There is also a permanent link for easy access to the "Trading Post" post on the sidebar.

6. Say something about the quality of the book you wish to trade. Is it hardcover? Is the spine broken? And so on.

7. If you're a BookCrosser, feel free to add the tracking numbers to the books you trade.

8. Remember, Canadian books only.

9. Open to everyone, not just participants in the Canadian Book Challenge (but I encourage you to join).

10. Have fun and help spread the word!


John Mutford said...

Books I have to trade:
1. Mary Lawson- Crow Lake
2. Margaret Atwood- The Robber Bride
3. Elizabeth Hay- Late Nights On Air
4. Saul Bellow- A Theft (Novella)

All the above are paperbacks and are in great condition.

I'm looking for Newfoundland and Labrador books, Arctic books and poetry books.

If you're interested in trading, let me know at jmutford [at] hotmail (dot) com.

John Mutford said...

I also have a hardcover of Timothy Findley's The Wars to trade. It was rescued from a library book sale, so there are library stickers still on it, but it still has the dustjacket.

As before, I'm looking for Newfoundland and Labrador books, Arctic books and poetry books.

If you're interested in trading, let me know at jmutford [at] hotmail (dot) com.

Unknown said...

jOHN, I love this idea. I am sure I have a few NF&Lab works waiting to be traded.

The collection that I love to snag is More Writers & Co.: New Conversations with CBC Radio's Eleanor Wachtel.

I love that Wachtel gets beyond the egos.

In the meantime, I CanLit and other quaint Canadian stories posted on my Book Crossing site and am always willing to launch Canadian authors into the wild.

Kathleen Molloy

Wanda said...

Another book for trade:
Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford

Just can't bring myself to read this one so if you're interested in a brand new, never been read copy, let me know what you'd be willing to trade.

Ultimate wish-snag: All the Other Phil Thompsons are Dead ~ Phil Thompson


Pooker said...

I've got books looking for new homes. Here's three of them:
1. Consumption by Kevin Patterson (hardcover)
2. Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner (hardcover)
3. Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott (trade paperback)

If you're interested, I don't need a trade. I'll be happy to send them on when finances allow (if you're not in the US or Canada, slow boat will have to suffice).

Having said that, I'm always looking for books of Canadian short stories. In particular, I'm looking for the 1st and 3rd Journey Prize Anthology.

Takers or traders can reach me at lgrimes[at]mts[dot]net

Pooker said...

I should also have mentioned that most of my books, as these are, are labeled with BookCrossing stamps labels, and/or markings of some sort. While I'd love to have the books' next owners officially "catch" them, they'll always be sent with no strings attached.

Also they come from a smoking household, so if you're allergic or simply detest the odor, these books may not be for you. I don't think they are overly smelly, but if you're sensitive, be forewarned.

John Mutford said...

Just to comment on Pooker's smoking comment: I'm not a smoker and I am normally sensitive to the smell. My wife just bought a 2nd hand treadmill and it reeked. However, I've gotten books from Pooker before and I am surprised to hear they came from a smoking household. They smelled fine!

John Mutford said...

Hard cover of Jane Urquhart's Underpainter up for grabs!