Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book lovers unite!

All of us who love books have had to deal with overloaded bookshelves from time to time (or in my case: all the time). I keep hearing from the e-reader crowd, who say that electronic is the way to go. But I'm old fashioned. I love the feel, the smell, of paper books. And now I've found a great way to share the love.

There is a project called Operation Paperback. They supply novels to our troops serving overseas. These men and women are in places where it is obviously hard to find the latest book, or even a good book. I found out about it yesterday and signed up. It's really neat. You basically key in which genres you have on your shelf. The website generates the contact information for a service member who has specifically asked for those types of books. You package them up and send them via media mail.

Right now, I have three packages on the dining room table, ready to go out to service members. They contain novels that I never would have parted with otherwise. I've sure enjoyed them. But it feels good knowing these books are going to go to people who will enjoy them, readers who need the kind of pick-me-up that you get from sinking into a great story.

So if you get a chance, check out Operation Paperback. I'm sure glad I did.


krisgils33 said...

I still love my paperbacks and will hit those first. I have 83 books on my Kindle and, although I'm dying to read those as well, it is inexplicable why I always reach for a paperback first!

Terri Osburn said...

What a great program. I'll check this out tonight when I get home. I have plenty of books to go round!

And I'm a newly converted eReader. If I can't get it on the reader, I almost don't bother. I adore paper books and never want to see them go away, but this kind of convenience is addictive.

Christie Craig said...

I'm a paperback girl, too. I did buy a Kindle, but still prefer my books.


Angie Fox said...

It's so hard for me to part with my books, even though I have way too many. Sending them to the troops makes it easier.

catslady said...

I belong to an American Legion that does the shipping for everyone. It's the first time I've actually given my books away.