August 23, 2002
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in this issue...
Get a license plate frame and help support BookCrossing!
As you know, BookCrossing memberships are free and always will be. We'll never try to make money by selling information about our members. And we're keeping you and the site free of annoying banner ads and popup ads (yuck). In return, please help us financially, if you can, by making a small purchase from the BookCrossing store. The license plate frame shown here is only $14.99 plus shipping - we make a few dollars on each sale, and believe me, with the bandwidth charges we're incurring, every little bit helps. We sold 30 of these license plate frames following the last newsletter - thank you everyone!
we're already #1 on google
Google loves us. I mean they really love us. The number one search engine in the world now considers BookCrossing.com the number one reading group on the entire web, as ranked by popularity in their human-edited directory. Search for "bookcrossing" on Google, and you'll find over 2 million hits (that number was zero 16 months ago). Search for sites that link to bookcrossing.com, and you'll get over 20,000 hits! Since Google is really the only search engine that matters any more (both Yahoo and AOL use Google for their search technology), these numbers mean that even without further press exposure, we'll continue to get a large amount of traffic from Google searches on almost any book-related search term.
Speaking of press exposure, that still hasn't slowed down. Since our last newsletter on August 1st, BookCrossing has been featured in about 20 big media stories, including nationwide radio in Australia (twice), nationwide TV in New Zealand, Holland's largest newspaper, Italy's largest newspaper, BBC radio in the UK, the front page of the Vancouver Sun newspaper, and a big feature in the USA TODAY newspaper (more on that below). You can link to all the recent press articles from our BookCrossing Press page (http://bookcrossing.com/press).
We're now growing at an average rate of over 350 new members per day, we just crossed the 32,000 members mark, and our site is serving almost 11 million page-views per month. If you're into numbers, and want to see our membership counts broken down by day and month, you can always take a look at our BookCrossing Growth Charts (http://bookcrossing.com/newmemberscount), which are kept up-to-the-minute current.
bookcrosser award goes to pop culture guru
Every newsletter a BookCrosser is awarded an item of their choice from the BookCrossing Store (http://cafepress.com/bookcrossing/). We try to select the member who did the most for the BookCrossing Movement since the previous newsletter. This newsletter's BookCrosser of Distinction award goes to:
JollyTomato, from Chicago, Illinois
JollyTomato just happens to be a columnist for USA TODAY - she writes the Pop Candy column every week. And BookCrossing just happens to be her "new random hobby," so she wrote an entire column two days ago describing her BookCrossing experience, which you can read at http://www.usatoday.com/life/columnist/candy.htm. I found her story to be one of the freshest takes ever done on BookCrossing - you can tell when a journalist is merely reporting, vs. really involved. And of course, we've reaped the benefits of the article by getting over 1,200 new members since it ran.
Please help me thank JollyTomato for her efforts in supporting the movement by sending her a nice private message from her bookshelf page, above.
win $300 by releasing Dreamer
Our newest BookCrossing Contest Book is Dreamer by Richard L. Miller. Dreamer is a novel about mainframe computers, hypnotic regression, rock and roll, That Voice In Your mind, multiple personalities, serious romance, and of course, dreaming. Particularly the lucid kind of dreaming. I've always been fascinated with lucid dreaming, but his book surprised me by taking it further than I expected, all the while maintaining "believability" due to his deft handle on all things technological.
Richard, the author, is helping to support BookCrossing by giving away a $300 book shopping spree to one lucky member who reads and then releases his book at any radio station and takes a picture of the book at the station. (An Oldies radio station would be ideal, since the protagonist in the book is a 50s and 60s historical pop radio expert.) He'll pick a winner from the qualified entries on September 24th, so get the book and get busy!
And like always, to get this off to a fast start, I've got 5 copies of the book sitting right here on my desk that Richard has generously provided for me to give away FREE! I can only mail these free books to the continental U.S., so if you qualify, I'll take the FIRST 5 MEMBERS who send an email to "email@example.com" with a subject line of "Please send me Dreamer by Richard L. Miller" and a message body with your full name and mailing address.
Note that members from all over the world are encouraged to get a copy of Dreamer and join in the chance at winning the big book shopping spree. Here's a convenient link to purchase from Amazon.com:
Our other current Contest Books - time is running out on the chance to win!
Flesh Tones by M.J. Rose - $500 prize - contest ends September 9, 2002.
E-Wally and the Quest by Judy Shasek - $250 prize - contest ends September 30, 2002.
Full contest details, and all the current entry pictures, can be found at http://bookcrossing.com/contests.
how you can help the movement
These tips will always be included at the bottom of our newsletter. If you have something to add to this list, please reply and I'll include it next issue.
- Use the Tell-A-Friend feature at the website:
to quickly tell one, or one hundred, friends about
BookCrossing by email.
- Help support BookCrossing financially by buying books
from our bookseller associations - we make a small
commission, and every dollar helps to keep memberships
free, and keep the site banner-ad free, forever. Just
start your book-buying sessions from our Buy page
which has search forms for PowellsBooks.com, Amazon.com,
- Forward this Newsletter to your friends, along with
a personal request that they join.
- Tell your local coffee shops and used bookstores about
BookCrossing. The best way is to print out the new Crossing Zone
signs/flyers at http://bookcrossing.com/promote
and leave several with them. Have them contact me for details on
becoming a featured Crossing Zone, since we'll be listing those
on the site in the near future.
- If you know anyone in the media biz (radio, TV,
newspaper, magazine, publishing, etc.), make sure to tell them
about BookCrossing and encourage them to feature it. Stress
to them the nobility of our cause, the grass-roots growth
efforts, and the warm fuzzies it will give their audience.
- If you've got a website, make sure to grab one of our
eye-catching logos and link code from the My Bookshelf page:
and put it on your site.
- When you talk to your friends who love books, be sure to
talk to them about BookCrossing. There is no influence more powerful
than personal word-of-mouth.
- Finally, the most obvious way to spread the word: release
your books into the wild, or share them with friends! Each one
is a little mobile billboard for BookCrossing, and will help
convince others to share in kind.
Thanks for reading this far, and until next time, Happy Crossing!
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