Quotation Marth, Sarah, Hartl, Barbara, Hofmann, Eva, Sabitzer, Thomas, Penz, Elfriede. 2019. Freed books - The usage of public bookcases. Conference of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP/SABE), Dublin, Irland, 01.09-04.09.




The concept of public bookcases fits perfectly to one of the basic ideas of the sharing economy, that is less possession and alternative kinds of consumerism and to the idea of the circular economy, that is to make products available for reusage when they are not needed anymore by an owner. Public bookcases are boxes or some other sort of publicly accessible bookcases that allow to place and exchange books. Thereby they provide a free and anonymous possibility to give away, share, and obtain access to books. Public bookcases were implemented widely in Europe and especially in German speaking countries in the last years. For example, the website openbookcase.org lists a total number of 3128 public bookcases worldwide that have been reported by the users. In Vienna, approximately 60 public bookcases and other possibilities to share books at a public space can be found, which are mostly provided by associations, private initiatives or even the city administrations. Public bookcases provide the possibility to make use of unused resources which adds to the still growing societal and political discourse of sustainability and environmental protection as well as they foster social interactions by sometimes being used as places to meet and chat with neighbors and other people interested in reading. Despite these big amount and functions of bookcases, neither researchers nor providers looked more deeply into the content and dynamic of usage of public bookcases yet. As a consequence, few details are known about the bookcases and, so far, insufficient effort has been devoted to link public bookcases to the concepts and research results of the sharing economy. The current project’s aim is to investigate how public bookcases are used in Vienna by analysing the kind of books that are placed inside, the time that books remain in the bookcase untilremoval as well as differences between bookcases and possible reasons for these differences. Despite that, by observing public [...]


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Freed books - The usage of public bookcases
Event Conference of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP/SABE)
Year 2019
Date 01.09-04.09.
Country Ireland
Location Dublin
URL https://iarep.ucd.ie/


Collaborative Consumption: Power, Trust, and Cooperation
Marth, Sarah (Former researcher)
Hartl, Barbara (Details)
Hofmann, Eva (Former researcher)
Sabitzer, Thomas (Former researcher)
Penz, Elfriede (Details)
Institute for International Marketing Management IN (Details)
Institute for Marketing and Consumer Research IN (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
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