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September 14, 2004
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS adds features in time for tonight's BookCrossing Meetup

Tonight, being the second Tuesday of the month, is BookCrossing Meetup night! Join other like-minded readers in your area tonight at 7:00 PM, your time, at the location specified by the good people at Speaking of, they recently rolled out a completely new look and feature set, so head on over to right now to see the new stuff and find out where your local BookCrossing meeting will be held!

Site performance improved with temporary patch

Since adding new timezone features to our book releasing and hunting pages two weeks ago, the website has been suffering from performance problems. Our programming staff has found and removed the culprit—the code which displays the release statuses—on the the journal entry list pages.

The immediate result is that the entire site's responsiveness has been significantly improved, effective this morning. And journal entry list pages for books with more than 10 or so journal entries are no longer timing-out and throwing errors.

We plan to add back the release status indicators in a more performance-friendly manner in the next couple of days; until then, they will not be displayed as usual. Thank you for your patience as we work through these technicalities.

BookCrossing Tote Bags back in stock

Tote Bags... Our bright and cheery BookCrossing Tote Bags are back! We sold out due to unexpected demand, but our suppliers went to work and re-supplied us. We could tell you how cool and big the bags are, but Zmrzlina does it better in this forum post.

Order online from our secure store:


Getting People, not Cows, to Capture your Books
by Kushla Haenen (kush-j)

Having recently gone from self-assured city girl to queen of country bumpkins, I noticed today that I havenít released a single book into the wild in two months. This is appalling! Even my regular visits to op shops (secondhand shops if youíre unfamiliar with that kiwi term)to rescue imprisoned tomes have ceased now that I live 20 kilometres from the nearest one. Whatís a girl to do?...

[read it all at]

Thoughts (My Own and Other BookCrossers') on Dealing with This Decision
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)

Having trouble deciding what to read next, and your TBR pile is rather daunting? Why not leave it up to serendipity?...

[read it all at]

Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness always show the best of the BookCrossing idea.
by IrasCignavojo

Just a few moments ago a package of books arrived here from a town called "Owasso". Wonderful childrens books for my children, EileenW (1) and GwenW (4). Not registered yet, but sent as gifts, leaving it up to them if they want to register them or not. Of course they will, GwenW tries to register all of her books (78 titles listed already), and EileenW has all her six books registered. ...

[read it all at]

A traveling book finds its way to editor of
by HeresDeb

I left the book at a hotel pool, hoping for the best as always. The best would be for someone to catch the book, catch the excitement, and most importantly catch the BookCrossing bug. Then it happened!...

[read it all at]

Dare To Share
by Sapphy54 (sapphy54)

There is a wonderful place here at BookCrossing. A place where I can go for any reason I can think of or for no reason at all....

[read it all at]


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:


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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...

WI Day (England) - 15th September - Not just jam and jerusalem!
by weebly

100 book release challenge!
by surfenkitten

September Release Spot Release Challenge
by Hawkette

You're Such an Animal September Release Challenge
by Secretariat

Sept - HARVEST THEME - Challenge - Start Releasing, enjoy
by cartref

Unconditional RABACK
by gretchenboyd

Fun in the Sun Challenge Accomplishments
by vraciousrdr


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!

Can you name the website with 1.4 million books and 290,000 members?
started by Vysion in Site Watch

New Rings, Rays & Boxes Site Up And Running (x-post)
started by taniazed in Announcements

Thanks in no small part to you guys at BC - I have a #1 seller!
started by ArJohn in Book Talk

What is an ideal bookray?
started by SqueakyChu in Book Talk

Do you release books you hated?
started by Jaberkaty in Book Talk

Praise for the Hornbakers
started by duklyn in Site Watch

What's your catch rate?
started by tnkbl in Release Techniques

Another turns up after 2 years in the wild
started by swan-scot in Site Watch

Wondering how the bxers in FL are handling things?
started by siriradha in Announcements

From Pennsylvania to Hawaii!
started by phillycarol in Site Watch

My 100th wild catch!
started by GoryDetails in Site Watch

Ooh la, la! My book is off to Gay Paris!
started by Anne-Elliott in Site Watch

Release one, get one free?
started by Dunzy in Site Watch

New birthdays are up on Wren's Crossing.
started by TexasWren in Announcements

A catch after 18 months ..and for a member ..
started by meganh in Site Watch

BookCrossing as a consumer lobby (X-post)
started by miketrollstigen in Activists Only

What's a good way to increase activity in your own city?
started by Bunnybee in Activists Only

'like belonging to a secret society of literati!'
started by Antof9 in Site Watch

Elevator --> lost and found --> liberation!
started by Vysion in Site Watch

Mentionning 'Bookcrossing' on your resume/curriculum vitae :)
started by nobodysperfect in Activists Only

I finally got a bite!
started by SandDanz in Site Watch

New member and catch from release challenge!
started by EvaLowrain in Site Watch

My first find! and How do you acquire most finds?
started by Book-Guru in Release Techniques

THREE nice wild catches today!
started by hootnoodle in Site Watch

"the most incredible story that brought this book to me"
started by owlet in Site Watch

A year between release and catch!
started by tqd in Site Watch

I love this catch!!
started by Sonora in Site Watch

Bookcrossing in Roanoke VA gets noticed!
started by skcreader in Announcements

"Will evict from my home & send packing"
started by Anne-Elliott in Site Watch

New Supply Store product: BookCrossing Release Bags (ziplocks)
started by Reno in Announcements

Death of a 5th Grader - Considering Donations from BC Community.
started by CasualReader in Announcements

ideas for a book report
started by bksfamly in Educators and Parents

Park and Street Benches -- any success?
started by Aerobe in Release Techniques

BC Labels on outside or inside of book?
started by GBPaddlers in Release Techniques

Most common questions answered - look here!
started by Vysion in Newbies

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