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June 14, 2006 / Tracey

Book Crossing

I had never heard of Book Crossing until recently, but apparently it’s a new hobby sweeping the globe.

The 3 R’s of BookCrossing

  1. Read a good book (you already know how to do that)
  2. Register it at their website (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label it.
  3. 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 goes to the website and records a journal entry for that book. And if you make release notes on the book, others can go hunting for it and try to find it!

Pretty amazing huh? Not sure that I could part with my books like that though, and I think I would be too annoyed if someone picked it up and didn’t register it on the website, and I lost track of it for good. I imagine this is an obsession waiting to happen, and that ‘leaving’ it in a coffee shop and running up to the stranger who has picked it up (2 hrs later) and saying ‘you better register that’ might not be in the spirit of BookCrossing.

Fascinating hobby though, what do you think?

That’s my four bucks!


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