Okay, if you've ever read my blog then you know about our Mark It Up contests, where the book you could win has been "marked up" by the author, which just means they write little comments in the margins and whatnot.
The idea was from something that some friends of mine and I had done. We marked up books that we were reading and sent them to each other. It was a lot of fun and one particular book I recieved was Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut. I ended up loving the book, but it was a lot of fun to see what my friend had to say through the book as she read it.
Anyway, the point is...it doesn't has to just be authors marking up their own book. That idea came to me later because I figured it would be so much fun to read a book marked up by THE author, you know?
So...moving on...my idea is to see if any Book Reviewers and/or Authors would be interested in this new idea I had. You can make a post or email a list to whoever you like (doesn't matter) on what books you have that you wouldn't mind letting someone borrow...then, a reviewer or an author can get in touch...ask to borrow a certain book, you send it, they read it, and send it back. Now, it's kind of like utilizing your library and all anyone pays for is the shipping (not to say that you shouldn't buy a book you want, it's just hard too sometimes and you might really really want to read a book!)
Now, what does this have to do with marking books up? If you let someone borrow a book...and you don't mind them writing in it (it's good to state if you want people too or not) then while they read, if they so wish, they can mark up the book so when they send it back...you have a book you've read before, but is now filled with comments from someone else.
Another form of this idea is to simply mark up a book that you love and send it to someone for them to keep (because I know some authors/reviewers, reviewers/reviewers, authors/authors, have gotten close and maybe you want to do something special for someone specific.)
It's all up to you. And you can send one book out at a time, two, three, it doesn't matter. Again, your choice!
Anyway, I wanted to know what everyone thought...so please state your opinion in the comments and if anyone wants to try the idea, we can all start posting the list of books we don't mind allowing others to borrow.
Any questions? Let me know!