I believe that the best thing that could happen to a book is to be read, so my books always travel across homes of my friends (and sometimes forget to come back :).
So, in case you haven’t come across it yet, let me introduce BookCrossing. The idea is simple:
The ‘3 Rs’ of BookCrossing…
- Read a good book (you already know how to do that)
- Register it here (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!
I’m going to move to another house soon, so I guess it’s a good occasion for some of my books starting their travel in the wild. Usually I prepare for a travel far in advance, so I’m going through BookCrossing release techniques forum trying to figure out what would be a good place to release my books… I’d appreciate if you can share some experiences in case you have them.
Next to releasing books once in a while, one can also start a BookCrossing Zone somewhere in a place with regular releases of books. When reading about it I’ve got an idea – why BookCrossing Zone should be located in a place, why not mobile?
So, what do you think about Mobile BookCrossing Zone? Something like:
- there is an event with many like-minded people coming together – for example a conference
- you ask them to bring books they would like to share with others
- you provide labels to mark books, a place to release them and a sign that explains rules of the game
- see what happens
Wondering if something like that would work… May be we should try at next BlogWalk 🙂
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