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    Lightbulb pagedrop: our open-source book exchange platform

    Hello everyone!
    I've recently been working on an open-source re-deployable book sharing platform aimed at local communities and wanted to share the concept thus far. The system is pod-based for each geographical area, down to the neighborhood level. Anyone can clone the project and create an entirely new pod within the pagedrop network, and have access to all of the resources needed to market and spread awareness in your local area.

    Here's a snippet of the description so far, but you can find a little more information on my blog post or find us on Facebook. Our Github is also being prepared, and completely currently, but that'll be fixed shortly. And hopefully we'll start getting some activity directed to the #pagedrop on Freenode.

    "With pagedrop our main focus is getting books and reading materials into the hands of those who want and those who need them. We are developing unique approaches to distributing books to the public, exchanging and trading books directly, and creating Bookstops where you can exchange books directly. Access to the service via browser and mobile application; all free of charge.


    • Choose a book you’ve already finished reading.
    • Register your book on our website or mobile app and generate a pagedrop ID.
    • Print the pagedrop tag for the book that contains the pagedrop ID.
    • Stick the pagedrop tag on the inside cover of the book.
    • Leave the book behind in an easy-to-access public location, give the book to a friend or family, or use our website and future mobile apps to find someone directly to share with.
    • Wait for the book to be registered back on the website and watch the journey of your gift to the community!“


    Thanks for checking it out, everyone. We're getting ready to launch the IndieGoGo campaign and soft-launch the website. With such a small internal team thus far progress has been slow and we recently just scrapped literally all of the development to start from scratch, but we're aiming to ramp it up over the next few months and have it deployed in Portland, OR and then on a currently undisclosed eastern US location.

    We're hoping we can make at least a small impact on a local level. Keep an eye out, and if you're interested in contributing at all, get in touch!
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    Re: pagedrop: our open-source book exchange platform

    What benefit will this have over my current existing Local Public Library system?
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    Re: pagedrop: our open-source book exchange platform

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    What benefit will this have over my current existing Local Public Library system?
    Honestly, probably no real direct benefit.. We aren't creating a library replacement or alternative, by any means. And any perceived benefits we do offer are going to be subjective depending on your location and living environments; not everyone has access to a public library. It just works differently. It's not about going to a dedicated establishment whose purpose is to serve you books -- it's about interacting with people in a very human way. You are sharing, directly.

    This is a way for individuals with books to share their books, directly. This is a way for individuals who want the books to connect directly with the members of their Geo Pod and receive or exchange books directly. This is a way for an open-source project to contribute back to their physical community and to get involved. This is a way to track just how far your contribution to the community travels with the core anonymous tracking system.

    Your library cannot be cloned and deployed across the world. pagedrop can. pagedrop has physical drop-boxes and is pursuing a partnership with http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/ to expand on this and make them accessible to every Geo Pod.

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    Re: pagedrop: our open-source book exchange platform

    Our IndieGoGo campaign for pagedrop has launched! Come check us out at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pagedrop

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