This weekend in Los Angeles marked the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, an annual book-a-palooza, featuring hundreds of authors, publishers, collectors, retailers, bloggers, media and book lovers.But this year’s Festival was special, because it marked the debut of the BIBLIOPHILE ACTION NETWORK (BAN). This grass-roots group was out in force to protest the shockingly pervasive practice of imprisoning books.
The green community has been very supportive of our new site and its eco-friendly model. Both www.TreeHugger.com and www.GreenDaily.com have written great pieces about 2SWAP! Take a look for yourself at the following links:
We appreciate the support from these two sites, and from all of you for spreading the word! If you have friends that don’t know about 2SWAP yet, then show them these articles so they can see what our friends at TreeHugger and GreenDaily had to say about us!
Enjoy this extra reading material, and thanks for being green!
2SWAP.com has been growing each day and has been getting some great press lately! Our friends over at the Cradle (www.thecradle.com) have posted an awesome mention about 2SWAP on their site. To view the piece click on the following link:
Here at 2Swap we tend to run across various blogs written by people who love books for people who love books. Because we are some of those people, and if you are on this site reading this blog you are probably some of those people as well, we would like to share some of our favorite book sites with all of you. This is just a short list to get you started, but stay tuned for more to come.
I love gadgets, I love to read books, I love my wife, and my wife likes to go to sleep earlier than I do.
“When are you going to turn off the light?” is a frequent topic of conversation around bedtime.
When I saw the LightWedge, I thought my problem was solved. This product is a clear plastic sheet with LEDs grafted onto one edge. It runs on AAA batteries. When laid flat on a page, it uses the physics of light channeling and reflection to illuminate the page, and nothing else. In theory, it would enable you to read a book in a completely dark room, without disturbing a sleeping spouse (or seatmate, in an in-flight situation).
So, I shelled out about $30 for the LightWedge. That night, I climbed into bed, turned off the lights, grabbed Guns, Germs and Steel and applied my new gadget. I flipped the switch and spent the next 10-15 minutes squinting at the too-dimly lit, wavy-looking pages.
This product is great, in theory. In my experience, however, it was good for about 5 minutes of reading before it stopped being worth the trouble. I’ll report back when I find a better bedtime reading light. Meanwhile, if you have a better product to suggest, please post a comment below and I’ll check it out and consider reviewing it here.
Meanwhile, my LightWedge does make a pretty decent bookmark.
Welcome to the beta launch of 2SWAP.com.If you enjoy the site, I hope you’ll tell a friend (or ten). If you run into any problems with it, or if you have any suggestions about how we can improve our service, please feel free to post them below in the comments area. If your comments are not fit for public consumption, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
As our community grows, we will keep you posted on how many items have been swapped and how many trees and other natural resources that have been saved by our brand of recycling. As we like to say, “Free your books, the rest will follow.”
We have been developing 2SWAP for the last few months.Now that the beta site is live, we are already hard at work on the next release.Thanks to the feedback of our alpha test group, some of the changes to the site you can expect to see include:
- integrated postage
- a faster browsing experience - simpler book classification - enhanced community functionality -how to demos.