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A template that makes it easy for friends & neighbors to exchange books.

Welcome to
The ‘Online Book-Sharing’ Starter Kit

Reading is trending again, it seems. People are buying books and downloading more books than ever. Some people like to buy books and read them immediately. Others may buy books to add to their existing collection. Still others might buy books they plan on
down the road.

Another option would be to borrow books from others. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to do this? It seems like we share everything else these days—our
, our
, our
, and even our
.

So, why not share books?

With this starter kit, you can set up your own online, book-sharing library. If you have local friends or neighbors who’d like to form a book-sharing ‘club’ or community,
with them so they can set up
their
online book library. It helps the environment, it helps our budgets, and it may even help us keep our bookshelves a bit tidier.

Note:
Click ‘expand’ arrows next to text to see more info. Click ‘Learn more’ for some background info related to book sharing!

Learn more

Reading is on the rise
Whether they’re hardcopy books or soft copy e-books, people seem to be reading a lot more lately.

The COVID-19 pandemic clearly has something to do with it. Since global lockdown measures have taken place all around the world, there’s been an unexpected rise in the number of books being bought, borrowed, and downloaded. Some business and libraries in the UK, for example, have experienced a
, with the sales of fiction rising by a third and children’s educational books going up 234% — some of the highest sales levels on record.

Maybe it’s because reading can be a somewhat healthy form of escapism. Or, maybe with everyone resigned to their homes for the most part, some see this time as a great opportunity to learn new things. Still others are desperate for resources to help keep their little ones occupied after all their online video classes have ended for the day.


The search for more economical options
Many, however, are spending money more cautiously during this time of economic uncertainty—and ‘new books’ don’t quite make it on the ‘must haves’ list. So, if everyone took just a few moments to add their collection of books to this doc, share it with neighbors and local friends, people will be able to enjoy books without spending one cent (or pence).


The concept of personal lending libraries
The concept of book sharing communities isn’t new. The
Little Free Library
is one such example of a network that’s been around for awhile. This group is made up of people all over the world who set up small, enclosed ‘public’ bookshelves (usually in the shape of wooden, dollhouse-like structures) affixed onto a wooden post. Its motto, “Take a book. Share a book,” describes exactly what the mission of the organization is—to encourage people to form a community book exchange.

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There are also
of lending libraries—websites that make it easy for anyone to lend, borrow, or buy books directly from their computer.

This Book Sharing Club starter kit is designed as a way for you to set up your own book sharing community—with your own group of friends.

This ‘Online Book Sharing’ Starter Kit
is a template doc you can use to set up your own online, book sharing library.
Make a personal copy of this doc so you can customize it the way you want
and we’ll walk you through all the steps you’ll need to set it up.
Once everything’s set up, hide this page (or drag and drop it to the bottom of the side menu list) so the ‘Our Bookshelf’ page is the first page others will see.

Make a copy of this doc



About this doc
What’s included in this starter kit
This Online Book Sharing Club starter kit includes everything you’ll need to set up and launch your own book sharing library with books you personally own. Once you’ve shared your online library with friends and family, they’ll be able to:
Browse your personal book collection online, from the comfort of their own desktop computer or phone
Select books to borrow (or be directed to an online store to buy their
own
copy if they prefer)
Enter their contact info so you can correspond with them via email about book pickup and drop-off arrangements
Note: You’ll need a Gmail account in order to enable these automated email features



Getting started
How to set up your own online book-sharing library
There are two parts to this: (1) Adding books to your online library and (2) Letting your friends know about it. Start by reading through all the instructions, clicking any arrows
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to expand each step.


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1. Set up your online library
a. Add a few of your books to this doc
Head to the bookshelf or room where you keep your books, and start adding in the title and authors of 5-10 of your books to this doc (you can always add more later). To make it easier, take a photo of each shelf for easy reference. Once you have your list, click ‘
Add a Book
on this page, then type in the title, author, and a category. Check the box to mark any books you’d prefer
not
to loan out as
‘Not Loaning’
. Friends can still buy it for themselves, if they’re interested!

Ready to clear all sample books and book details info in this doc?
Reset & clear all doc data (CANNOT BE UNDONE)



Add a Book
Raindance Writer’s Lab: Write + sell the hot screenplay
Elliot Grove
Save the Cat: The Last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need
Blake Snyder
The Fire in Fiction
Donald Maass
Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell
On Writing A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel
Lisa Cron
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
Constance Hale
Creative Mischief
Dave Trott
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
Paul Arden
Visual Aid2: You can never know enough stuff
Draught Associates
Think Like an Artist
Will Gompertz
Why I Write
George Orwell
Hegarty on Creativity: There
John Hegarty
Confessions of a Young Novelist
Umberto Eco
U2: The Stories behind every U2 Song
Niall Stokes
Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing
Margaret Atwood
The Inklings
The Art of
David Lodge
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
David Goggins
The $100 Startup
Chris Guillebeau
1. Title
Type these in exactly as they appear on the book. For readability's sake, only enter subtitles if they aren't too long
Raindance Writer’s Lab: Write + sell the hot screenplay
2. Author
Check to make sure you've spelled the author's name correctly. If a book has more than one author, enter them in the order listed on the book
Elliot Grove
3. Category
Describe what type of book this is by selecting from one of the categories in the dropdown list, or create your own category by simply typing it in and adding it to the list of options.
Creativity
mark as 'Not loaning' (Optional)
Check this box if you only want to display this book in your library, but don't plan on making it available for others to borrow.





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b. Search for book info on Amazon.com* (or other online store)
* Copy the URL/link to the book page to the '
Buy Book Link’
column
* Copy an excerpt of the book description into the
‘Book Description
’ column (or add your own later)
* Download the book cover image, then drag and drop it from your computer to the ‘
Book Cover’
column


c. Copy & paste the book info into the ‘Book Cover’ column in the table below
Here’s how
1. Right-click on the cover image in the online store, select ‘
Save Image As...’
, save it to your computer (remember where!).
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2. Hover over the ‘
Book Cover
’ cell, click the plus sign (’
+
’), then select the cover image you saved to your computer, or drag and drop it from your computer into the
‘Book Cover
’ column.
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Title
Author
Buy Book Link
Book Cover
Book Description
1
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
David Goggins
https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Clean/dp/1544507852/ref=sr_1_1
cant-hurt-me.jpg
2
Confessions of a Young Novelist
Umberto Eco
https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Novelist-Richard-Lectures-Literature-ebook/dp/B084KPBHV9/ref=sr_1_1
confessions.jpg
3
Creative Mischief
Dave Trott
https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Mischief-Dave-Trott-ebook/dp/B005RSYF6A/ref=sr_1_1
creative-mischief.jpg
5
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
Paul Arden
https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-How-Good-Want/dp/0714843377/ref=sr_1_1
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6
Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing
Margaret Atwood
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8
Raindance Writer’s Lab: Write + sell the hot screenplay
Elliot Grove
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If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films.
9
Save the Cat: The Last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need
Blake Snyder
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10
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
Constance Hale
sin-syntax.jpg
11
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel
Lisa Cron
https://www.amazon.com/Story-Genius-Science-Outlining-Riveting/dp/1607748894/ref=sr_1_2
story-genius.jpg
12
The $100 Startup
Chris Guillebeau
https://www.amazon.com/100-Startup-Reinvent-Living-Create/dp/0307951529/ref=sr_1_2
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Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
13
The Art of
David Lodge
14
The Fire in Fiction
Donald Maass
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Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great
15
The Inklings
16
Think Like an Artist
think-like-an-artist.jpg
How to Live a Happier, Smarter, More Creative Life
17
U2: The Stories behind every U2 Song
Niall Stokes
https://www.amazon.com/U2-Stories-Behind-Every-Songs/dp/1847322875/ref=sr_1_2
u2-stories.jpg
18
Visual Aid2: You can never know enough stuff
Draught Associates
https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Aid-Never-Enough-Stuff/dp/1906155836/ref=sr_1_3
visual-aid2.jpg
19
Why I Write
George Orwell
https://www.amazon.com/Why-Write-Penguin-Great-Ideas/dp/0143036351/ref=sr_1_1
why-i-write.jpg
20
Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell
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d. Search for author info on Wikipedia
If additional info about the Author comes up, copy and paste the Wikipedia web page address (URL) in the ‘
Wikipedia Link’
column. Additional info about the author are automatically pulled into this doc from the Wikipedia page.

Tip: Search for the author’s first and last name (in quotations) on the Wikipedia site (i.e. “FirstName LastName”).



e. Copy & paste the following info into the ‘Add Author Info’ table below
Title
Author
Wikipedia Link
Author Details
1
Save the Cat: The Last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need
Blake Snyder
Blake Snyder
Blake Snyder
(October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009) was an American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in Los Angeles who, through his
Save the Cat
trilogy of books on screenwriting and story structures, became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry. Snyder led international seminars and workshops for writers in various disciplines, as well as consultation sessions for some of Hollywood's largest studios.

Snyder died unexpectedly August 4, 2009, of what was characterized as either a pulmonary embolism or cardiac arrest. A public memorial was held at the Writers Guild of America, West on September 29, 2009.




2
The $100 Startup
Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau
(born April 4, 1978) is an American author, entrepreneur, blogger, and speaker. He initially received attention for his entrepreneurship and travel blog,
The Art of Non-Conformity
, which led to the publication of a book of the same name in 2010. Since then, he has published six additional books including
The $100 Startup
(2012),
Side Hustle
(2017), and most recently,
The Money Tree
(2020), his first novel. He also organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon and hosts the daily podcast,
Side Hustle School
.




3
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
Constance Hale
Constance Hale
Constance Hale
is an American writer and critic based in San Francisco. Her journalism has appeared in metropolitan newspapers and national magazines, but she is best known for her books on language:
Sin and Syntax
;
Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch
; and
Wired Style
. She teaches writing and editing at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.




4
Creative Mischief
Dave Trott
David Trott
David Trott
or
Dave Trott
could refer to:



Dave Trott (politician) (born 1960), American politician


Dave Trott (advertising executive) (born 1947), English copywriter



5
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
David Goggins
David Goggins
David Goggins
(born February 17, 1975) is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author. He is a retired United States Navy SEAL and former United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member who served in the Iraq War. His memoir,
Can't Hurt Me
, was released in 2018.





6
The Art of
David Lodge
David Lodge
David Lodge
may refer to:



David Lodge (actor) (1921–2003), British character actor


David Lodge (author) (born 1935), British author


David Lodge (neuroscientist), Research Fellow at the University of Bristol


David Lodge (voice actor), American voice actor


David Lodge (biologist) (born 1957), American biologist








7
The Fire in Fiction
Donald Maass
Donald Maass

8
Visual Aid2: You can never know enough stuff
Draught Associates
Draught Associates

9
Raindance Writer’s Lab: Write + sell the hot screenplay
Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove
is a Canadian-born film producer who founded both the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.




10
Why I Write
George Orwell
George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair
(25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), known by his pen name
George Orwell
, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
As a writer, Orwell produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He is known for the allegorical novella
Animal Farm
(1945) and the dystopian novel
Nineteen Eighty-Four
(1949). His non-fiction works, including
The Road to Wigan Pier
(1937), documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and
Homage to Catalonia
(1938), an account of his experiences soldiering for the Republican faction of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), are as critically respected as his essays on politics and literature, language and culture. In 2008,
The Times
ranked George Orwell second among "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Orwell's work remains influential in popular culture and in political culture, and the adjective "Orwellian"—describing totalitarian and authoritarian social practices—is part of the English language, like many of his neologisms, such as "Big Brother", "Thought Police", "Two Minutes Hate", "Room 101", "memory hole", "Newspeak", "doublethink", "unperson", and "thoughtcrime", as well as providing direct inspiration for the neologism "groupthink".





11
Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell
James Scott Bell

12
Hegarty on Creativity: There
John Hegarty
John Hegarty
John Hegarty
may refer to:



John Hegarty (academic), Provost of Trinity College


John Hegarty (rugby union) (1925–2016), Scottish rugby union footballer


John Hegarty (politician) (born 1947), Australian politician


John Hegarty (advertising executive) (born 1944)


Jack Hegarty (1888–1974), American football player
13
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel
Lisa Cron
Lisa Cron

14
Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
(born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor. Since 1961, she has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of non-fiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and two graphic novels, and a number of small press editions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including two Booker Prizes, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Governor General's Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, Princess of Asturias Awards, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. A number of her works have been adapted for film and television.

Atwood's works encompass a variety of themes including gender and identity, religion and myth, the power of language, climate change, and "power politics". Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age.
Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Writers' Trust of Canada. She is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, Toronto.

Atwood is also the inventor of the LongPen device and associated technologies that facilitate remote robotic writing of documents.






15
U2: The Stories behind every U2 Song
Niall Stokes
Niall Stokes
Niall Stokes
(born 1951 in Dublin) is a music journalist who has served as editor of the long-running fortnightly Ireland music and political magazine
Hot Press
based in Dublin. He has edited the magazine since 1977. He has been a longstanding champion of Irish music, most famously U2 in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. He was involved with The Music Show, an exhibition of the Irish music industry held in the RDS in October 2008. He was Chairman of the Independent Radio and Television Commission (now the BCI) between 1993 and 1998. He has written several books, including
Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every U2 Song
.

He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Whilst in college, Stokes was a member of a band called Eyeless, alongside Neil Jordan. He was also a freelance writer for outlets such as The Irish Times before founding
Hot Press
. He lives with his wife, Mairin Sheehy, in Dublin.
On 20 June 2002, he appeared on an episode of
Rattlebag
which celebrated the 25th anniversary of
Hot Press
. In January 2008, he attended the recording sessions of "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" in Windmill Lane Studios. He has appeared on the interactive music series
The Raw Sessions
.
Stokes has also appeared as a panellist on
Questions and Answers
. On radio he has featured on
Five Seven Live
,
This Week
,
Morning Ireland
and
Drivetime
.
In 2007, he pursued a High Court action against high-profile MCD promoter Denis Desmond and Riverdance's Moya Doherty and John McColgan in the aftermath of the Hot Press Music Hall of Fame Museum's failure. The "substantial" court action was settled.





16
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
Paul Arden
Paul Arden
Paul Arden
(7 April 1940 – 2 April 2008) was a creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi and an author of several books on advertising and motivation, including
Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite
and
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be
.




17
On Writing A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King
(born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 63 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.
King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire bibliography, such as the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2007 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2015, he was awarded with a National Medal of Arts from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature. He has been described as the "King of Horror", a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture.




18
Confessions of a Young Novelist
Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco
(5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian medievalist, philosopher, semiotician, cultural critic, political and social commentator, and novelist. In English, he is best known for his popular 1980 novel
The Name of the Rose
, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory, and
Foucault's Pendulum,
his 1988 novel which touches on similar themes.
Eco wrote prolifically throughout his life, with his output including children's books, translations from French and English, and a twice-monthly newspaper column “La Bustina di Minerva” (Minerva’s Matchbook) in the magazine
L'Espresso
beginning in 1985, with his last column (a critical appraisal of the Romantic paintings of Francesco Hayez) appearing 27 January 2016. At the time of his death, he was an emeritus professor at the University of Bologna, where he taught for much of his life.




19
Think Like an Artist
Will Gompertz


William Edward Gompertz
(born 25 August 1965) was the BBC's arts editor before moving to a position as the Barbican Centre’s Director of Arts and Learning from 1 June 2021.
Gompertz attended Dulwich Preparatory School, in Cranbrook, Kent.

Gompertz was previously director of Tate Media, and appeared in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 called
Double Art History
. Gompertz has written extensively for
The Guardian
and
The Times
newspapers. He is the author of
What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
.
He is the son of general practitioner Hugh Gompertz OBE and a second cousin of Simon Gompertz, the personal finance correspondent to BBC News. He was born in Ashford, Kent, and attended Bedford School. He did not take any A-levels.

Gompertz married Kate Anderson (daughter of Sir Eric Anderson) in 1993 and they have three sons and one daughter.


20
The Inklings
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2. Prepare to launch & promote your online library with friends
a. Give your new book sharing club/library a name
Looks like you've already create a library, so you're all set! Go to 'Advanced Admin Settings' on this page to make changes






b. Setup your Gmail account to work with this doc (optional)
Here’s how:
Add the
pack to this Coda doc
Use the same Gmail address you entered earlier:
when setting up Gmail


c. Set up a free
account for easy scheduling of book pickups & drop-offs (optional)

Here’s how:
Go to the
site to set up your account and create a book club pickup appointment scheduler
Once your account and the book pickup scheduler have been created, copy and paste the Calendly link in the ‘
Calendly Link’
field below.



d. Promote your new Book Sharing Club or Book Lending Library with local friends and family
We’ve made this easy by creating an email template you can customize. Just publish this doc with
private
link and paste the URL below. Then, preview the auto-generated email, tweak it to make it your own, then share it with your friends via email, or as a post in a private social group.

Preview the email script
on the
page and customize the way you want it to look.
See ‘Advanced Admin Settings’ on this page to update the auto-generated details in the template.

Copy & paste the email script & send
to your local friends and neighbors to officially launch your library by copying and pasting the script to your email app!

Advanced Admin Settings
First Name or Family Name
Admin Personal Email
Library Name
Calendly Link
Pickup Time Earliest
Pickup Time Latest
Coda Account
1
Polly Rose
Coolest Library on the Block
​3:00 PM
​5:00 PM
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