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September 23, 2004
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS

Unsold Turtle Woman Interrupted bookplate labels found, on sale now

bookplate labels...

Look what we stumbled upon in our latest inventory count: unsold Turtle Woman Interrupted bookplate labels, our 8th edition, from several months ago! Seems the printer sent us part of the shipment in an unmarked box, which until a few days ago was sitting closed and forgotten on our back shelves. We thought we sold out of this limited edition, but we were wrong... so if you didn't get them before, now is your final final chance. Turtle Woman Interrupted by Jennifer Long de Herrera was one of our fastest-selling editions, so get yours from our secure online store before they're gone.




NEW BOOKCROSSING ARTICLES

BOOK COLLECTOR SOUNDS OUT ABOVE THE DIN
From paperbacks to hefty hardbacks, this woman loves books
by Linda Fausel (Miablue)

My 16-year-old son is cleaning his room. He is in there right now with the door shut and the music blasting. The scraping sound of heavy objects being moved is audible above the pulsating beat of Rammstein, a heavy metal band out of Germany. If that isn’t reason enough to do the dance of joy, I don’t know what is. But I’ve been told that he’s not only cleaning his room, he’s cleaning his closet. This is especially astonishing because we’ve been trying to get him to organize that closet for years. ...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1437]


VYSION'S USA GRAND TOUR
Five copies of Fahrenheit 451 journey the fifty US states
by Vysion

Vysion photos At the May 2004 Meetup, I set an experiment in place. I had rescued five copies of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury from a library used book sale. I labeled each one for Bookcrossing and wrote a request in the back of them. "Hi. I am trying to visit the United States. Here's a list of the states I have visited so far. Will you help me?"...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1438]


BOOKCROSSING IS MY ROCK
BookCrossing kept me anchored during Hurricane Frances
by Holly (kz4ufo)

“Mandatory evacuation by 10 AM Friday, September 3rd.” This is what local law officials announced over a megaphone to people in my area. Hurricane Frances, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 140 mph winds, was predicted to hit my area along the eastern coast of Florida....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1439]


CELEBRATING GLOBAL COMMUNITY WITH 'EASY LANGUAGE' THREADS
Brush up your foreign language skills and have some fun
by MrBones

Bookcrossing truly is a global community! And every day it is becoming more and more so with members from all over the world joining up!...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1441]


THE VALUE OF A USED BOOK
Why used books are better than new.
by Deanna Anderson (deelynna)

In this life there are certain things that are just best if bought new: clothing, cars, houses and appliances. However, there is something that is best when purchased old: books....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1442]


RENEGADE BOUNTY-HUNTERS IN LONDON MUTINY!
The first-ever London Renegades' BookCrossing Treasure Hunt
by alliesolskjaer

BookCrossing Pirates, cake, sunshine, surrealism and plenty of books to catch and release...yep, it could only be the First Annual (well, if YokoSpungeon can be persuaded to reprise her extraordinary organisation) London Renegades' BookCrossing Treasure Hunt! ...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1444]


BOOKCROSSING BIRTHDAY BASH
How Bookcrossing made my 83rd birthday a Slam Dunk
by Ruthe Nadel (bumma)

September 17 looked to be a rather gray day, here in South Carolina. We were watching to see if we were going to be visited by either of the hurricanes headed towards the southeast. Yes, it was my birthday, and yes, my family gave me lots of love and attention, but it was still a rather gray day. Then my daughter (bookczuk) came to ask if I had checked my e-mail yet, and the bookcrossing sun came out....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1445]


WHAT BOOKCROSSING MEANS TO ME
Informal Survey of Those who Traded their Thoughts For a Free Book
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)

It seemed like a good idea at the time - in a recent article, I asked people to send me their thoughts on “What BookCrossing means to me”, in exchange for a RABCK from my TBR list....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1446]


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 145,306 (50%)
CANADA 22,557 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 20,105 (7%)
GERMANY 18,235 (6%)
SPAIN 14,208 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 12,540 (4%)
ITALY 11,573 (4%)
FRANCE 3,830 (1%)
PORTUGAL 3,506 (1%)
NEW ZEALAND 3,254 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 669 (37%)
UNITED KINGDOM 192 (11%)
SPAIN 134 (7%)
GERMANY 132 (7%)
AUSTRALIA 108 (6%)
CANADA 106 (6%)
ITALY 54 (3%)
AUSTRIA 47 (3%)
NETHERLANDS 42 (2%)
FRANCE 39 (2%)



THE LATEST WILD BOOK CATCHES

Wild books released by our members are being caught all over the world, every day! Our site watch forum is where members post news of great wild book catches. Here are some of the best from the last few days...

My first release, journaled a year and a half after...
by WAM

The third person with a moustache in San Francisco!
by Foucault

New Member, with a great idea for a re-release!
by mojosmom

VERY cool post
by erulissenen

Another book journaled just shy of two years later
by erulissenen

Two years and five months!
by tqd

My first catch has gone to Poland, but is coming back!
by Random-Poet

Quite an interesting journey!
by kiptrix

Nearly two years AND a different country!
by tqd

"I felt like I had found a treasure"
by mojosmom




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. And if you can think of other, better challenges, post them to the forum and you may see them here in the next newsletter!

Tell me where to release it ? A game?
by LarkOnapost

What's my name October release challenge
by Miss-R

Just wondering if everyone could wild release one book
by SerenityBlue

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month challenge
by innae

Aussie Election Day release challenge
by charbono




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!

Newspaper article re: Bookcrossing in today's paper in Tucson
started by hotflash in Site Watch

Can you get addicted to bookcrossing.com?
started by corry000 in Announcements

Do you judge a book by it's cover?
started by star69 in Book Talk

I am biased but this is a damn great tribute :)
started by LadyGothic in Site Watch

Best Way to Recruit New Bookcrossers?
started by Chapulin5 in Release Techniques

Newbies- You are not alone! Here are mistakes veteran bookcrossers make:
started by bookczuk in Newbies

[x-post] huge labels update / translators still needed!
started by TheBloody in Announcements

Vancouver BookCrossers -- September 26th Mass Release!
started by teacart in Announcements

Here's what I plan todo for Halloween- what about you? * * edited with new idea!!**
started by bookczuk in Release Techniques

Possible idea for teachers of 7/8 year olds
started by panicbutton in Educators and Parents





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