Several pubs I’ve visited recently have bookshelves labeled ‘book exchange’. Unlike a library, you do not get a wide range of choice, helpful advice, and an occassional dose of ‘shushing’. This can be a bonus for noisey, decisionally-challenged, me.
Until now I’d treated the bookshelves of friends and family as book exchanges, now my net has widened to include pubs…. …some people are releasing their books into the wild then remotely tracking their progress via websites like bookcrossing.