Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Carla Emery passed away last night...

Just read on one of the homesteaders boards that Carla Emery passed away last night. It is a sad day for homesteaders and other back to basics people who learned so much from her book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living.

This book was always the first I turned to when I needed to learn anything new. With Carla's help, I learned to make cheese and learned how to can and a myriad of other self sufficient skills.

My thoughts go out to Don (her husband) and to all of her children and their families.

Carla Emery will be missed by many.


If you're anything like me, you love to read. Me, I'll read just about anything I can get my hands on, but I do have some preferences. I love a good horror novel (these are very rare to find tho)and I also like a good thriller and the occasional sci-fi or fantasy. But, the problem is the price of buying a new book. Nowadays, seems like most book stores want six or seven dollars for a new paperback. Used book stores aren't much better and even our local friends of the library sale has upped their prices.

Buying used on, eBay or Amazon doesn't really save you much either, not once you figure in the shipping costs. So what is a frustrated (and broke) reader to do? I think I've found the solution.

The answer is The idea is simple, you list the books you no longer want. Then go through their library of listings to find the books you want. Request the book and within three days it's on its way to you. When someone requests one of your books, you ship it out media mail to them. With each book you send out, you get a credit to order another one for yourself, which does mean that you need to list popular books in order to get requests.
The most it will cost you is the price of mailing your books out when requested. Since most paperbacks are less than a pound, you're talking $1.42. Now that's a bargain that I can handle. charges no fees or commissions on the trade, which makes it a great deal for anyone.

So now, I'm a happy camper. I've found a way to get those books I want to read without having to pay astronomical sums for them. If they are really, really good; they'll go on my shelves to be reread time and time again. And if not, they'll be relisted so someone else can have the chance to read them.

Take some time, check them out