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Posted: 21-Sep-2004, 09:42 PM
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Anyone else a member of this? www.bookcrossing.com

This is one of the neatest reading groups I've ever run into. Part of it is to quite literally free your books. That's right, just leave it somewhere that you think a person will pick it up and read it, and with any luck it will be passed on to others as well. It's like the world's largest scavenger hunt with books. If that's not your speed, there's tons of bookrings, bookrays and trading going on.

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Posted: 21-Sep-2004, 11:28 PM
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I just checked out their website. That is SO cool! I am going to dig up some of those great books aon my shelf and start "losing" them all over the place! Thanks for sharing Sekhmet!

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Posted: 22-Sep-2004, 10:31 AM
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I have a friend who does geocaching, which is sort of like bookcrossing. In fact, he has a bookcrossing book in one of his geocaches.

We're actually IMing at this very moment about this. We were both brief -- very brief -- users of wheresgeorge.com, the dollar bill tracker.

I'm just not sure I want to release books that actually DO touch me at an emotional level. I keep those books and guard them jealously.


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Posted: 22-Sep-2004, 10:53 AM
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I've been sending out books that I have two copies of, which happens a lot around birthdays and Christmas, plus books that were good, but I'm not likely to read over again. In some cases I've bought the hardcover copy of the book for myself and have released the softcover. It's all up to the individual, really.

Personally, I've been getting into the bookrings and rays, where you get names down for a book, then pass it to the first person, they read it and pass it to the second, etc. etc.

I want to try out geocaching one of these days too.

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Posted: 22-Sep-2004, 07:47 PM
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I am an avid Geocacher (313 finds so far, and I'm currently running for the Secretary position in the Michigan Geocaching Organization-I will know if I won after the end of the month). I also dabble in Where's George and Bookcrossing. Here in Michigan we have several caches that are themed as book or CD trade caches. Leave one-take one. It's fun to see what books or music others take and leave.

There is also a very old sport called Letterboxing that started long, long ago in England. Many of the older letterbox clues in England are kept in leather bound books. In recent years it has found its way to the states. I've been fortunate enough to find a couple of these also.

These are all great ways to get out and experience life from a different perspective.

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Posted: 23-Sep-2004, 02:38 AM
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I Love to read, but I have never heard of this stuff...I think I'll look into it...Thanks for the info sekhmet...


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Posted: 23-Sep-2004, 05:14 PM
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This sounds like a neat idea. I signed up, but I'll probably wait to start until I go home, since I don't have any books with me that I wouldn't mind parting with at school (lack of space, you know).


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i recall joining bookcrossing, but i've yet to 'set a book free'. those i have are dear.


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I've been a member for some time now. This is my bookshelf smile.gif
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Posted: 28-Jun-2007, 05:34 PM
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My son picked up a bookcrossing book he found at the school he attends. He didn't want to read it so he left it for someone else.
I just went and joined- I like to read so much that I do quite often find myself with books I really don't want to keep, but don't want to throw away, and they don't give you much credit for them at the used bookstore, so- maybe this is a good idea?




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Posted: 28-Jun-2007, 08:11 PM
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I can't believe I missed this thread. I checked into it and am going to do look more. SOunds like it could be fun as well!
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I joined a while ago. It is really fun. We have a group here that meets and discusses bookcrossing, etc.
We have the world's largest balloon fiesta in October and they are releasing over 200 books then and Scott, bookcrossings CEO will be here too.
Should be a lot of fun!

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I prefer to Mooch books, at Book Mooch - that way you get the book you want and your book goes to a place where its wanted. biggrin.gif


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