Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What is Pass it to the Right?

So I was thinking about all the books on my "to read" list and thought about all the Christian bloggers that likely have similar lists. It then occurred to me how nice it would be to trade books around allowing us to share ideas and save money.

What if there was a place where we could recommend books, write up our reviews, and pass the books to the right? The difference between this kind of deal and a standard library is that people who choose to participate would be encouraged to write notes in the books. I almost called this "writing in the margin" because of that.

I know some people are purist and have had a heart attack right now thinking about defiling a book, but the rest of you are looking for your multicolored highlighter pack already.

I love books and I have a pretty slim budget for books. This means that used book stores are my best friends. I tried to buy all of my text books used because of the money savings, but also because often there were some really cool notes written in the books. "Prof says this is wrong and should read ..." that sort of thing.

Wouldn't it be cool if we just kept passing the annotated books along. "This chapter really kicked my butt." "This phrase pulled me out of the guilt spiral." "I was praying about this just this morning so I feel like God heard me."

I don't know, maybe it is just me. If you think this is a cool idea to please comment. I'm interested in opening this to multiple writers and getting books up. If this goes over well then I'll try to get a more efficient platform for book sharing setup.