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Old 10-05-05, 11:47 AM
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I wish there could be something like Netflix, but for books

I'd love to be able to queue up a list of books to read and have someone send them to me in the mail. then when I'm done reading it, I send it back and they send me a new one.
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Old 10-05-05, 11:49 AM
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I just wish there was a place I could drive to and rent books. This dream place (a mere fantasy, I know) would be even better if I could borrow the books...get this...FOR FREE.
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I wish there was a comic book book club. Like for graphic novels and trades.
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Old 10-05-05, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by lukewarmwater
I wish there was a comic book book club. Like for graphic novels and trades.
It's a bit hard to tell who's being serious in this thread.....but if you are:

Try the Science Fiction Book club (sfbc.com), they used to always have several graphic novels available. It's been a while since I've gotten a mailing though.
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Old 10-05-05, 01:01 PM
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The local public library might be worth a visit. They even have books along side the DVDs.
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I looked and they don't have that great of a selection. The majority of comics they do have are superhero books. If there every was a just graphic novel and trades book club I'd join in a second. And yes I was being serious.
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SFBC always had a few of the 'big names', Batman, Crisis, Preacher, etc.
Not sure how they are now.
Definitely check into your library, or surrounding libraries. Depends on the community, but our county library has got like 15 branches, and you can log on to their website, reserve books, and have them shipped to 'your' local branch to pick up. I read all of Sandman, Preacher, and bunches of Batman/JLA/Ultimate Spiderman using that method.
My library doesnt' have many DVDs, if any, though they do have lots of books on tape/CD.
Other than that, maybe hit used book stores [not free, but cheaper] or see if high schools/colleges near you have comic clubs or something.
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Old 10-05-05, 03:46 PM
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inter-library loan
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Old 10-06-05, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I just wish there was a place I could drive to and rent books. This dream place (a mere fantasy, I know) would be even better if I could borrow the books...get this...FOR FREE.
That sounds like communism to me.
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Old 10-06-05, 03:01 PM
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I just wish there was a place I could drive to and rent books. This dream place (a mere fantasy, I know) would be even better if I could borrow the books...get this...FOR FREE.
Well played.
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Old 10-06-05, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I just wish there was a place I could drive to and rent books. This dream place (a mere fantasy, I know) would be even better if I could borrow the books...get this...FOR FREE.
Now you're talking crazy. Don't know which world you're living in, but in my 'reality', the government has too many more important things to spend money on. Don't you know that it's important to fund studies on how gaseous emissions from pigs affect the environment or how often owls do their business? I wish I could live in your world .

Back to the topic at hand, even at media mail rates, shipping books back and forth can get expensive so I doubt that BookFlix (c) (tm) would get off the ground anytime soon.
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hmm

http://www.booksfree.com/

yes, media mail, but they offset that by shipping multiple books at a time
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Old 10-07-05, 02:53 AM
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Books!!! I go to my library 2-3 times a week. I enjoy reading on my PubTrans commute.
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Old 10-09-05, 03:59 AM
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Ever try bookins.com? It's a low-cost book trading site. Basically, you sign up for an account and enter the ISBNs of any books you want to trade. If someone wants one of your books, then Bookins emails you a pre-paid label - you just package it and drop it in a mailbox. You get "points" for doing so, and can use those points for other's books that YOU want to buy - and pay $3.99 shipping. It's pretty cheap, and quick too.
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