August 19, 2004
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BookCrossing nominated for a Lovemark by Saatchi & Saatchi
We're excited to announce that BookCrossing.com has been nominated for a lovemark, which according to the program sponsor Saatchi & Saatchi, is "... something that reaches your heart as well as your mind, creating an intimate, emotional connection that you just can’t live without. Ever." If you agree, please visit the lovemark comments page for BookCrossing and tell the Lovemarks people why you think BookCrossing is a Lovemark in your life!
ps. You can ignore the number of negative votes on the comment page on the lovemark site. We've heard they've had some net-hooligans spamming the site with votes against us. Just remember - you can't fake positive, heartfelt comments, and we've had hundreds submitted so far! A big THANK YOU to all our supporters, and to the spammers, a big KNOCK IT OFF - GET YOUR OWN LOVEMARK!
2005 BookCrossing Convention venue set
Mark your calendars and start planning now! The second annual BookCrossing Convention has been scheduled for April 14-17, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas. Get the latest details at http://www.bookcrossing.com/convention.
10th Edition Artists Series Bookplates, BOOKCROSSING IN TIMES SQUARE by Amy L. Rawson, now shipping
We're pleased to announce the immediate availability of our newest Limited Edition Artists Series Bookplate.
BookCrossing in Times Square by Amy L. Rawson is a detail-oriented cityscape featuring the artist's vision of the ultimate Crossing Zone. Please help support BookCrossing by purchasing these bookplates from our secure online store.
Original artwork from our 6th-edition bookplates, PLEASE READ US A STORY? by Mary Grace Dembeck, up for auction
We're pleased to announce this no reserve eBay auction for Please Read Us a Story? by Mary Grace Dembeck. You may access the 7-day auction with this link:
This piece is light but colorful, lending a feel that is like a breath of fresh air. The composition is very well done, and is quite graceful and charming. This painting would go perfectly in a child’s room, or perhaps in that one corner of wallspace that has been looking for a cheery decorative touch. Acrylic on untempered masonite, 24 x 24 inches, unframed. Proceeds of the sale will go to support our website. Thank you for your support!
CARPENTER AND HIS DOG TRAVEL THE WORLD
Thanks to BookCrossing, these guys are having the best vacation ever
As any mom knows, summer vacation is a mixed blessing. Yes, it's great to have my children home, all to myself. But I also have my children home, ALL TO MYSELF. And the fun wears off about 3 weeks into the vacation. So I'm always trying new things to keep them busy....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1356]
GOING POSTAL WITH BOOKS
Tips for Making Sure Books You Mail Get There On Time
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)
Looking through the forums, I often see comments, concerns and complaints (as well as questions) regarding mailing books in rings, rays, boxes and RABCK's. Speaking as a nine-year veteran of the United States Postal Service (presently working as a Mail Handler in a large processing plant), and as an avid BookCrosser who has sent (and received) a lot of books, I'd like to bring up some things that many, if not most, of my fellow BookCrossers are already aware of, but that not everybody knows, regarding addressing, packing and mailing procedures that will help your book achieve a safe journey to its destination. Along the way, I'll try and give some explanations as to why it is a good idea to follow certain procedures....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1359]
Caution: Bookcrossing May Cause Enlightened Behavior and Unexpected Attitude Shifts
This is the coming of age story of a late bloomer. Many people come into their own in their late teens or early twenties. For me this transformation has come about as I approach my fourth decade of life. I enjoyed this realization while critically examining my reflection in the mirror at the beauty salon. I peered into my eyes and silently asked the questions: "What do you want to try this time? New color? Highlights?". It then dawned on me that I have changed my hairstyle more in the last two years than I have in the last three plus decades. ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1375]
RX: WILD RELEASES
The therapeutic joys to be found in giving
Dosage: 1 book, registered and labelled; Frequency: PRN (as needed); Side Effects: Releasing books on BookCrossing may create the following:...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1386]
PASSING BY THE LIBRARY
Used book donations – Libraries or BookCrossing?
by Holly (kz4ufo)
I recently received an interesting email from a woman I became acquainted with through another online “giving” community. She was planning on moving and had several boxes of books that she did not know what to do with. Her options were either to store all the books, donate them to the library or release them through BookCrossing. She asked me what I would do and was curious about my personal reasons behind BookCrossing....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1390]
CALL FOR WRITERS
Want to write for BookCrossing? If your article is accepted, you could see it featured here in the next newsletter. What topics do we need? Anything about books, reading, or BookCrossing — tutorials, release and catch stories, well-traveled book stories, funny BookCrossing experience stories — you get the idea. Write it up, then submit it here:
Top 10 Countries All-Time
| USA|| 141,258 (50%)|
| CANADA|| 21,960 (8%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 18,863 (7%)|
| GERMANY|| 17,338 (6%)|
| SPAIN|| 13,616 (5%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 12,022 (4%)|
| ITALY|| 11,327 (4%)|
| FRANCE|| 3,597 (1%)|
| PORTUGAL|| 3,431 (1%)|
| NEW ZEALAND|| 3,160 (1%)|
Top 10 Countries Last Week
| USA|| 771 (39%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 168 (9%)|
| SPAIN|| 152 (8%)|
| CANADA|| 142 (7%)|
| GERMANY|| 137 (7%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 130 (7%)|
| ARGENTINA|| 80 (4%)|
| FRANCE|| 39 (2%)|
| SWEDEN|| 27 (1%)|
| ITALY|| 25 (1%)|
Stuck in a bookcrossing rut? Seeking guidance for your next wild book release safari? Here are some fresh ideas posted by members in our Release Challenges forum to whet your adventure appetite...
OLYMPICS 2004 CHALLENGE
Make the kindness greater!
After Dark Challenge
Accomplishments for August Summer Blooms Release Challenge
Challenge: Election Day Releases
the Complete Set Challenge
Moveable Feast Challenge for August
PICK A DAY PICK A SITE CHALLENGE
Our forums offer hundreds of new topics each day. Here are a few recent ones you don't want to miss... jump right in to the conversations!
started by mojosmom in Site Watch
started by owlet in Site Watch
KZ4UFO is doing a big project and needs our help!
started by siriradha in Announcements
BookCrossing nominated for a lovemark
started by Reno in Announcements
What are your reading goals for the remainder of 2004?
started by SandDanz in Book Talk
Great return on Interstate Rest Areas!!
started by LGinder in Release Techniques
Almost two years between release and catch!!
started by owlet in Site Watch
Have any books totally pulled you into their world recently?
started by jmg49 in Book Talk
Worst books you were forced to read in school
started by BladeKnight in Book Talk
Help Bookcrossing Challenge
started by themarina in Release Challenges
Amazing catch, wonderful story
started by lot12 in Site Watch
If you were asked why you read....what would your answer be?
started by jmg49 in Book Talk
A Catch From A Solicitor Who Came to My Front Door!
started by siriradha in Release Techniques
This wild release is going across the ocean
started by Cpetersky in Site Watch
Don't release at McDonald's!!
started by appaloosatb in Release Techniques
Would you consider releasing a book at..
started by onesmartcookie in Release Techniques
NEW: (Unofficial) BookCrossing Art Gallery (now showing 21** artists!)
started by yvi-1 in Announcements
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