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31 July 2007 @ 09:19 pm
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Okay, I've come up with a solution to our bizarre, "I have two books / I have none" problem.

To everyone who has one book: send it as soon as you can. If you can read it and annotate in a day, do it, but if it's a little longer then just stop, skip to the end and give whatever impression you have of it. You can try to skim through to the end without notating, but the point is you must send.

To everyone who has no books: Sit tight, they're coming. :D

To everyone who has two books: Okay, here's what we'll do. If you have two books and haven't read either, note that in the cover and send ASAP to whoever's next on your list. I mean it; don't even try to read it unless you have the time or you're certain it will only take one day. If, God forbid, you have three books now, send two ahead to the next person.

To those who receive two books: Read one as fast as you can and send it along.

I think that should work out. If there's a flaw in my plan, please go ahead and point it out, if you will.

ALSO: I've found that it is cheapest to send all parcels of books via first class. Things arrive in 5 days or so, and it cost me $3 to send two books. So long as the package weighs less than a pound, which it should since these are paperbacks, do that and it'll expedite that part of the process. It's also less expensive than media mail; one book to bribitribbit via Media Mail was $6. And, use a bubble-wrap envelope if you can; we can reuse those, and they're like fifty cents to buy.

I'm going to say we should aim for Monday being our ship-by date. All in favor?
Ashley: F. models in a bookstore // gaffexopinkmoonxo on August 1st, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Well we had been thinking to have people mail on Fridays first class, so they arrive on Monday/Tuesday and they can keep them the week and mail at the end of the week.

But if everyone thinks Monday would be a day they could ship.. fine with me. I just haven't had time to make a schedule for everyone lately. The basic principle is that you should have a book about 3 days, then send it on. If you still have it by 5 days you should mail it off NO MATTER WHAT. I think we agreed in a past poll that people should mail by the end of the week (but obviously this would be fine to apply to any specific day) even if they haven't completed all their notes. It will hopefully keep us on schedule and/or motivate people to get through their books and take the swap seriously.
かすち: [atla] firekasuchi on August 1st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I think you misunderstood; I'm just trying to get us back on schedule, especially since I haven't gotten any books since late-June.

I'm not trying to reorganize the schedule; I'm trying to get the cogs in the machine in place so that we can keep moving.