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August 26, 2004
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS

Sales of Times Square bookplates brisk

bookplate labels...

Sales of our newest Limited Edition Artists Series Bookplate, BookCrossing in Times Square by Amy L. Rawson, have been brisk in the week following its release, and the artwork is getting raves in our forums. Get your supply of them before we're out - when we say limited edition, we mean it! You can directly support BookCrossing by purchasing these bookplates from our secure online store.


BookCrossing garners more than 440 comments at Lovemarks.com, topping their list

bookcrossing lovemark page...

As an update to the ongoing BookCrossing/Lovemark saga, we've been told by their program manager that BookCrossing has received far more positive comments (over 440!) than any of the other 1,400-odd entities nominated for a Lovemark, and that they're going to headline BookCrossing in their next newsletter. On their list of Lovemarks ranked by popularity, BookCrossing is currently 5th, behind notables like the Pope and Jesus Christ, and ahead of notables like Apple, Google, Coca-Cola and The Beatles. Their voting system is currently under review, and they've removed the voting box from their BookCrossing page to eliminate the vote-spamming problem, but you can still leave comments about BookCrossing on the Lovemarks site; they consider positive comments as the highest form of praise for the rankings. Please take a moment, if you haven't already, to give the Lovemarks people your perspective on why you like BookCrossing - your words may show up in their next newsletter!





NEW BOOKCROSSING ARTICLES

THAT BOOKCROSSING THING YOU DO
Introducing your family and friends to the world of BookCrossing
by Holly (kz4ufo)

“Oh geesh, not more books! Are you actually going to read those or are they for that BookCrossing thing you do?” Heard that a few times? You probably aren’t alone!...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1392]


BOOKCROSSING IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING
A book's history comes to life in its journal entries
by Vysion

Have you ever found something in an old book? One that was well-cared for, lovingly stored in an attic, and perhaps had a news clipping tucked inside? Maybe one with a yellowing inscription, passed from mother to daughter as a gift? A book with its cover worn soft by hands clutching it as a child with a security blanket? A cross-stitched bookmark placed at a favorite passage? If that excites you, try the online equivalent--the journal entries of books at Bookcrossing....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1393]


A BOOKCROSSING POET
Memories from the past of bookcrosser robert-n-kate
by Vysion

Bookcrossers who are new to the website may not know of the Bookcrossing poet laureate, robert-n-kate....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1395]


HARRY POTTER ON THE NET
Send an OWL, buy a wand, and get the recipe for Butter Beer
by Cornelia Amiri (cornelia)

Here are seven sites for readers and wizards of all ages....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1401]


RABCK FEVER
One Possible Solution to the Beaucoup Books Blues
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)

Since joining bookcrossing I think about each book I read as something I will give away eventually, one way or another. But many of us often go to great lengths to think up places we hope somebody will pick up our abandoned books (complete with the "FREE" stickers or stamps), anxiously return shortly afterward to see it gone, only to excitedly check our email for the next several weeks, only to see no new journal entry appearing....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1402]


WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND
Trapper book finds its way home
by magpielodge

About 25 years ago, an old high school buddy was visiting me at my home. Going through my bookcases, he spied my copy of "Journal of a Trapper," by Osborne Russell. This is an excellent first-person account of the western fur trade at its height in the 1830's. My friend, who was a real party animal in high school, was now just an unreliable drunken bum. I'll just call him Joe Blow. When this guy gets a buzz he thinks everybody is deaf. Therefore, he talks very loud...all the time. He loudly insisted he just had to borrow this book. ...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1403]


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 142,158 (50%)
CANADA 22,088 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 19,036 (7%)
GERMANY 17,567 (6%)
SPAIN 13,701 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 12,130 (4%)
ITALY 11,357 (4%)
FRANCE 3,642 (1%)
PORTUGAL 3,448 (1%)
NEW ZEALAND 3,177 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 907 (45%)
GERMANY 228 (11%)
UNITED KINGDOM 175 (9%)
CANADA 134 (7%)
AUSTRALIA 110 (5%)
SPAIN 88 (4%)
FRANCE 48 (2%)
ITALY 29 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 25 (1%)
AUSTRIA 20 (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...

New Jersey 500 Challenge
by Foucault

Sept - HARVEST THEME - Challenge
by cartref

Sept 11th
by SerenityBlue

OLYMPICS 2004 CHALLENGE
by me-sarah




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 into the conversations!

Sept 8 - International Literacy day
started by ottawabill in Announcements

What makes a Bookcrosser?
started by zz-neena in Chit-Chat

New Crosser on the block here, now what?
started by MysteryCrosser in Chit-Chat

8/26 - What are you Reading Now?
started by MaryZee in Book Talk

This book has been caught in the wild 3 times.
started by nyisutter in Site Watch

Great places to leave releases...
started by cat02886 in Release Techniques

The permanent, floating, Book Crossing party.
started by Seanan in Chit-Chat

Does your town have any small, independent specialty bookstores
started by jessibud in Book Talk

Do you ever contact people who have caught your book?
started by tnkbl in Site Watch

"Queer" Journal Entry
started by brideofmessiah in Site Watch

Lovely catch for fizzfred!
started by Anne-Elliott in Site Watch

What are essential reads from your country/culture/region?
started by Ri in Book Talk

IS THERE A TRICK TO GETTING YOUR BOOK PICKED UP??
started by zillagirl in Newbies

Changes at meetup.com
started by ahimsa in Conventions and Meetings

This little book just goes and goes
started by inkognitoh in Site Watch

Serendipity - was this 1920's book meant to "come home" to dagon?
started by Foucault in Site Watch

Sold a book at half.com; included a free BX book as a surprise
started by jamesmum in Release Techniques

My first release was journaled!!!
started by azbiboi in Release Techniques

Help Bookcrossing Challenge
started by themarina in Release Challenges

why are people self conscious when releasing?
started by Myridian in Release Techniques

Left a book in plain view and it was ignored??
started by hotflash in Release Techniques

The Perfect Place to Release in an Airport
started by Tango21 in Release Techniques

Perfectly Good Books Are Being Thrown Out! HELP!!!!
started by Bug in Activists Only

NEW: (Unofficial) BookCrossing Art Gallery (now showing 28 artists!)
started by yvi-1 in Announcements





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