Netflix for books or “interest queues”

Ted Leung posts on his blog about Netflix for books or “interest queues”:

I love books, and I could quite possibly spend the entire rest of my life reading interesting books. When I was younger, I used to just buy books and have huge piles of them lying all over the place. … A fair number of those are still in our garage, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken to relying on libraries for as many books as possible. I’ve also taken advantage of Amazon’s integration of used books, to purchase as many used books as possible.

Boy, I’m just like Ted. And, like him, I’ve also gotten much more accustomed to checking the library first before buying and then, when buying, prefering a nearby used book seller over the fresh new edition.

Having a great local web-enabled public library ranks high on my list of requirements for places to live. Fortunately, the web has made this all possible — a quick bookmark takes me to our local library catalog, another to Amazon to check used book availability.

(Via Ted Leung on the air.)