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October 14, 2004
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BookCrossing and The Dignitarian Dialogues join forces to give away 5,000 copies of Robert W. Fuller's Somebodies and Nobodies

You and this book can help change the world. And while quantities last, it won't cost you a thing.

Somebodies and Nobodies by Robert W. Fuller and The Dignitarian Dialogues, a project of the Harnisch Family Foundation, have joined forces to give away 5,000 copies of Somebodies and Nobodies - Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller. We want each copy of this important book to travel far and wide, reaching as many thoughtful readers as possible. If you're interested and want to help this project, at absolutely no cost or obligation, sign up for your copy at We'll even pay the shipping!

Somebodies and Nobodies is a book about "rankism" (a new blanket-term that covers racism, sexism, ageism, etc.) that dares to imagine a "dignitarian" world: one in which we treat each other with dignity regardless of our rank. When we treat people of different ranks with equal dignity, we overcome rankism, just as we overcome racism by treating people of different races with equal dignity. Overcoming rankism is the next, natural, evolutionary step for democracy. And this book explains how best to do it.

Since there will be so many BookCrossers reading Somebodies and Nobodies concurrently, we've set up its own discussion forum. Click on over and join the conversation.

Price reduced on BookCrossing Lapel Pins in time for holiday shopping

Just in time for holiday shopping, we've lowered the price on our cool little BookCrossing Lapel Pins to only $4.95—and you can save even more with a 5-pack for $21.95! Here's the link to the pins at our secure online store:

bookcrossing lapel pins

Tiny yet beautiful, these 5/8" (1.6 cm) square lapel pins are crafted with a cloisonné finish of raised black nickel and golden fired ground glass, then polished to a fine luster. The sharpened shaft is approximately 3/8" (1 cm), and accepts the metal butterfly clutch back for easy and secure attachment on almost any item of clothing or soft-sided bag. Makes a wonderful gift, and works nicely as a tie-tack for gentlemen, too!

Original artwork from our 8th-edition bookplate labels, TURTLE WOMAN INTERRUPTED by Jennifer Long (de Herrera), up for auction

We're pleased to announce this no reserve eBay auction for Turtle Woman Interrupted by Jennifer Long (de Herrera). You may access the 7-day auction with this link:

Turtle Woman Interrupted by Jennifer Long de Herrera

A reproduction of this intriguing piece graced's most popular limited-edition bookplate labels ever (8th Edition), and now we offer the original in this no-reserve auction starting at $1. Mixed-media, 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, unframed. Proceeds of the sale will go to support Thank you for your support!


How BookCrossing Affects Where You Buy and What
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)

Like many other BookCrossers, when I first joined, I had only some books on my shelf to register - unfortunately, those were very few because, as fate would have it, a couple of years before I had cleared out most of the Big John Lefty Memorial Library, sending some nine boxes off to a worthwhile charity....

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A Challenge to BookCrossers
by Barbara Neilon (TipsNTyme)

BookCrossers can fight the war on terrorism. Is there anyone reading this Web site who hasn't been horrified by the unspeakable atrocities of those who've threatened and carried out beheadings in Iraq? BookCrossers, by their free gifts of the printed word, send out upon the planet an energy far more powerful than any terrorist. Not only do we freely offer to others a gift of kindness, a gift rooted in civilized society itself, we encourage others to do the same by passing on the book when the recipient is finished....

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How to combine business with pleasure
by Oddearring

I am leaving on a couple of days business on Monday. I do not have a lot of time to read, so I use the time I spend in airports and on planes to catch up with my list. So I got to thinking: if I do most of my reading on business trips, why not combine my next trip with a Release Safari?...

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by Spiritwolf922 (Spiritwolf922)

Last Halloween, on the spur of the moment, my daughter and I registered several of her old books on Bookcrossing and sat them on the front porch next to the candy bowl, which was filled with sweets for the trick-or-treaters making their way through our neighborhood. ...

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Book-Merchant of Venice?
by Jellylava

The first line of this parody came to me as I was 'releasing' some grime from windows and then a few other phrases popped into my head. I jotted down my ideas and then later worked it into shape....

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by Karen Stephen (kayakgirl)

From the time I read my first words more than two decades ago, until now, I don’t think that I’ve spent more than a few waking minutes without reading something. I read everything: cereal boxes, newspapers and books of all kinds, websites, bus stop ads, billboards, posters, CD covers, and even t-shirts. I feel compelled to read it 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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USA 147,378 (49%)
CANADA 22,882 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 20,682 (7%)
GERMANY 18,640 (6%)
SPAIN 14,465 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 12,948 (4%)
ITALY 11,671 (4%)
FRANCE 3,977 (1%)
PORTUGAL 3,549 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 3,340 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 655 (36%)
AUSTRALIA 148 (8%)
GERMANY 140 (8%)
CANADA 108 (6%)
SPAIN 73 (4%)
FRANCE 41 (2%)
ITALY 32 (2%)


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...

A Book with a History.....
by BayAreaBookie

Oh dear; BookCrossing incites public bookjacking!
by GoryDetails

'I am a 9 year old who loves to read' -- great catch for watchcat!
by Antof9

I'm so excited!!
by mtkingsley

jebz is spreading the word ..
by meganh

Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Four bounces! Two new members!
by annulla

Two catches from MarciNYC's m-bag to Australia!
by tqd

I released this book on a mountain and it was found in a gorge!
by Ferns

This catch made me so happy!
by Megi53

Perfect Catch for The Perfect Storm
by mojosmom

Another one journaled after more than a year:
by owlet

Two journal entries in one day !
by hotflash

Nice catch for DeannaJeanne; "fascinated about the bookcrossing idea"
by kiptrix

Wooohoo! Paralympic Catch!
by aris1

A romantic future after six weeks in a shopping cart!

Caught after two years!
by boreal

"the coolest service ever!"
by kiptrix

Didn't even LIKE it, but kept it for over a year! Have faith, all!
by Antof9

Another great catch by US military member in Iraq
by Kitten22

The Art of Being Wild
by MaryZee

The Zen of Bookcrossing, and a fantastic journal entry
by bookczuk

these coincidences are not coincidences
by nimrodiel


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!

The BOB Challenge for November...
by Ada2

Challenge for BXers in coastal areas! "Cast Your Books Upon The Waters......."
by MartiP

November Remembrance Challenge
by billhookbabe

Nearing that 300,000 mark.
by Alive

Numbers release challenge - edited - now there's PRIZES!
by LyzzyBee

Hospital Reading Material Challenge
by beckerbuns

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month challenge
by innae

Scary October Challenge Releases and Catches (hopefully)
by billhookbabe

Challenge: Election Day Releases
by Ixion


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!

Little Miss Impatient....
started by Badge-Bunny in Newbies

Raffle - Fundraising for the 2005 Bookcrossing Convention in Fort Worth
started by First-Noel in Activists Only

Of the books you've read THIS year... name the one you recommend no matter what
started by lokadesatada in Book Talk

IT'S A RAFFLE!! In Support of the 2005 Fort Worth Convention (XPOST)
started by First-Noel in Announcements

BCUK 2005 Unconvention
started by Netstation in Announcements

Do you have any wild release hot spots?
started by miketrollstigen in Release Techniques

I am definitely goin to start leaving more books in the lobby of our library
started by Cabby in Release Techniques

Help for shy releaser...
started by Kajikit in Release Techniques

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

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

Bookcrossing and the changing nature of the Internet
started by Sonora in Activists Only

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