I am not someone who likes to keep books. Clutter stresses me out. I had stock piled a considerable amount of review copies of books – some I loved, some I liked, some I didn’t care for – but regardless, I didn’t want to keep them all. I just don’t have enough shelf space in my room. I wanted to make space for new books that may be coming my way. I have been meaning to try a Little Free Library for the past couple of years, so I figured why not donate these books to Little Free Libraries around town. And while I was at it, I thought I’d use it as a marketing channel.
Several months ago I ordered Avery 8164 labels from Amazon with the intent of using them for this purpose. The Avery website makes it really easy to design and print for their products. I’d used it previously for business cards. I added my blog logo and the URL to the large label layout and started printing.
Then I gathered all of my old review books, spent an evening making sure I’d emailed my review links to the publishers, and stuck stickers inside each book.
I used LittleFreeLibrary.org’s map to find locations near me. And the next several nights as I was out and about around town, I visited 6 Little Free Libraries and dropped off the books. (One of the 6 libraries was stuffed to the max, so I only left books at 5 libraries.)
I don’t know how often people borrow books from these libraries, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to stock them with some new books. And if those books had my blog information in them, all the better, right?
I have another batch to deliver soon, but I’m waiting until I head to another part of town for book club at the end of the month.