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Tonbooktoo: Why don't we go and get our books from our neighbours?

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"How about we pick up our books from our neighbors instead of going to a department store or waiting for the mailman? "This is the idea that gave birth to TonBookToo, a new collaborative website that allows you to connect your library and interact with other readers. On TonBookToo, Internet users can lend, give or even sell their books to their circle of friends and family: family, friends, colleagues, neighborhood, parents of students... A simple tool to read, share one's reading, meet and even save money or "enrich" oneself thanks to reading, in complete confidence. Another way to consume and circulate culture ...
 
À At a time when the French read an average of 20 books a year, 5 more than two years ago (SNE figures March 2017), this project promises to create new bridges between readers. But also to avoid letting our books pile up in libraries, without the possibility of sharing and exchange. And to link the digital era and reading. 
Even before the site was put online, TonBookToo was rewarded by the 3rd price of the 1era edition of the night of Collaborative and Circular Economy in April 2017.
 

The project: a reading lover's story  

Tonbooktoo was born from the meeting between Valentine Dubot, and Arnaud Poissonnier, an entrepreneur recognized in the digital world and passionate about the collaborative economy. He is notably the founder of Babyloan, the social loan crowdfunding website.
Lovers of reading, Valentine and Arnaud regret seeing their library overflowing and become aware of the importance of sharing books in their relationships with their entourage:
"When you close a book, the first thing you want to do is share it. This is what Tonbooktoo proposes to do, by extending the circles of proximity to all those people we meet in our daily lives and who also have libraries sleeping in their homes: neighbours, mothers in the crèche, colleagues, sports hall... the book becomes a bridge to create encounters and social links. » Explains Valentine Dubot.
 

 To "enrich" oneself culturally, humanely ... but also on one's online jackpot.

Currently accessible free of charge, Tonbooktoo will then be based on a membership model at 19 euros per year, a bit like a public library. Users can, without commission, give, lend or sell their books (on the basis of a free price but advised by the TonBookToo team).
"The collaborative economy is motivated as much by the reconstitution of social ties as by the reconstitution of purchasing power, and this should not be a taboo". Precise Arnaud Poissonnier. "Books have value, whether intellectual, sentimental or monetary. The gift or sale of books enriches us, whether in the first degree or by sharing and the bond created around us".
On Tonbooktoo, users can build up a jackpot thanks to the sponsorship of relatives: 10 sponsored relatives = 10€ credited to their jackpot.
 

How does it work? From digital to paper

- Internet users create their profile on the site www.tonbooktoo.com
- The smartphone application allows you to scan the barcode of your books. They instantly integrate the virtual library of his account.
- Book sharing works on the principle of trust and thus entry is by communities of readers or circles of life: groups of friends, family, interest clubs, employees of the same company, school-leaving relations, inhabitants of the same village or building, etc.
- For book exchanges, users agree to meet at a daily meeting point: metro station, coffee machine, school exit, sports club... Online payment is validated together for purchases, as is the return date for loans.
 
TonBookToo also offers a B2B functionality to enable communities such as businesses and local authorities that do not have a public library to purchase subscriptions for their employees or residents. With an annual rate that decreases according to the number of subscriptions ordered. A social advance according to him because "these communities are looking for digital tools to create social bonds".
 

Cultural transmission

Books are like bottles in the sea and can be offered to those who want to know what's in them. In Reading the world, The anthropologist Michèle Petit explains what the individual owes to books, how he builds his relationship to himself, to others and to the world through reading, and evokes "experiences of cultural transmission today". And there is nothing necessary or providential about encouraging a reader to meet a book. It is based on material, social and psychological conditions that the family and institutions must foster. Better still, the author stresses the extent to which reading thwarts the pre-established meaning. Cultural escapades" are often described by those who have experienced them as significant or decisive, in that they can "give a poetic background to their lives". It is sometimes the distance from reality or everyday life that proves to be essential for an individual in search of "that secret text buried within us" of which Olivier Rolin speaks.
The experience of reading is total: it involves the individual in his or her relationship to self, to others, to intellectual faculties, to memory and imagination, and to the body. For reading or cultural transmission must not be reduced to its intellectual aspect alone. Reading presupposes a space and redefines it. It makes it possible to "make the world habitable" and to "revive interiority". This is why, in the eyes of readers "even more than its social utility, reading seems to be based on an existential necessity, a vital requirement".

 

TonBookToo will be present at the Paris Book Fair from Friday, March 16, 2018 to Monday, March 19, 2018 Hall 1, Stand D14- Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles, Paris, 75015
 
 

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