Tuesday, October 26, 2004


I'm excited to introduce everyone to a web site called Bookcrossing.com! I came across it the other day and I think it's a site I would love to participate in! I think you would too! Here then is the introduction to Bookcrossing.com:

What is BookCrossing, you ask? It's a global book club that crosses time and space. It's a reading group that knows no geographical boundaries. Do you like free books? How about free book clubs?. Well, the books our members leave in the wild are free... but it's the act of freeing books that points to the heart of BookCrossing. Book trading has never been more exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing is a book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its kind.

At BookCrossing.com you'll find tens of thousands of book reviews, book ratings, and book recommendations, because each time a book changes hands our members can leave journal entries telling the world of their experiences.

But let's get right down to it. You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share books with the world, and follow their paths forevermore!

These are the "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...

Reada good book (you already know how to do that).

Register it (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book.

Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget" it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each time someone comes here and records journal entries for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it!

Sounds easy, right? Well it is. It's also a fascinating exercise in fate, karma, or whatever you want to call the chain of events that can occur between two or more lives and one piece of literature. Oh, and we should mention, it's absolutely free and absolutely private, too.

So go grab a book or two from your shelves now (they're not doing anyone any good there, are they?), register them, jot down our URL and the BCID we'll give you inside the covers, and then give them away or leave them where someone will find them.

Are you a member of a reading group? BookCrossing is a great new activity for reading groups of all types and sizes. Be sure to let your group know about BookCrossing during your next meeting. If you want to let them know about it right now by email, use our quick and easy Tell-A-Friend page!

Publishers and authors: listen up! We know you may be concerned about all this book-sharing talk, and what it might do to your sales. You may be surprised to know that we have many, many publishers and authors that are big BookCrossing fans. They've seen the paradoxical value in encouraging the sharing of books. In fact, if one were to compare the number of people who buy books based on seeing book reviews here as the books change hands, to the number of people who actually find free books, we can assure you there are far more buyers than finders. This site is not about saving people money. Many of our members, in fact, have started purchasing two copies of every book they pick out, so they can keep one and release the other into the wild! ©2001-2004 BookCrossing.com All Rights Reserved

Here's the link for Bookcrossing.com

I'll be back to you with further information about this great service!

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