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August 19, 2004
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS

BookCrossing nominated for a Lovemark by Saatchi & Saatchi

bookcrossing nominated for lovemark...

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

bookplate labels...

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:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3743301837

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!

Please Read Us a Story by Mary Grace Dembeck





NEW BOOKCROSSING ARTICLES

CARPENTER AND HIS DOG TRAVEL THE WORLD
Thanks to BookCrossing, these guys are having the best vacation ever
by cmbohn

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]


BLOSSOMING BOOKCROSSER
Caution: Bookcrossing May Cause Enlightened Behavior and Unexpected Attitude Shifts
by AnitaNovel

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
by Vysion

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:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/submit




GLOBAL BOOKCROSSING GROWTH CHARTS

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%)



CURRENT BOOK RELEASE CHALLENGES

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
by me-sarah

Make the kindness greater!
by hologram

After Dark Challenge
by redcurlkennesaw

Accomplishments for August Summer Blooms Release Challenge
by Secretariat

Challenge: Election Day Releases
by Ixion

the Complete Set Challenge
by becca-mo

Moveable Feast Challenge for August
by Ada2

PICK A DAY PICK A SITE CHALLENGE
by PrettyPoodle




MUST-READ FORUM THREADS

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!

Olympic catch!!
started by mojosmom in Site Watch

Boomerang book!
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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