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Interactive Reading and BookCrossing Fun

by TheLostBook
January 8, 2009

Hello! We’d like to tell you about The Lost Book. It’s an animated web series with lots of BookCrossing.

A priceless book has been stolen and… and what?! After the first episode (jam-packed with clues), where the story goes is up to all of us – this is a collaborative adventure in storytelling. Anyone can join the investigation and watch, read and tell stories.

The Lost Book is a part of The Lost World Read 2009, a UK-wide reading campaign celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle’s 150th birthday and Charles Darwin’s bicentenary. The Lost World Read is bringing people together to read a classic adventure tale of a lost plateau, discovery and dinosaurs - The Lost World.

Lots of books are going to be BookCrossed: copies of The Lost World from the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust (CityOfLit1) and brand new titles from project sponsors Canongate (canongatebooks). There will be wild releases to attract new BookCrossers, plus bookrays and readalongs for the existing BookCrossing community. We’ll also be setting themed release challenges to spread the word about The Lost Book and The Lost World Read 2009 internationally.

The characters in the web series will also be doing some wild releasing – and we’ll need your help to make this happen once the story leaves Edinburgh. Wouldn’t it be great if we get some catches for books that have been released within the animation?!

The big launch is on 30 January when episode one of The Lost Book goes online. Right now you can get involved by visiting www.thelostbook.net and helping us to name one of the main characters. At the moment it’s just known as ‘Aileen’s dog’. So, get thinking of great canine names and give us your suggestions. We’ll look forward to welcoming you to The Lost Book.

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