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October 28, 2004
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BookCrossing honored at the 6th annual Literacy in Media Awards

Ron Hornbaker with Edward James Olmos at the 2004 Literacy in Media Awards

On October 20th, 2004, was honored at the 6th annual Literacy in Media Awards, which are intended to honor, thank and celebrate individuals and productions who showcase the importance of reading and/or writing in film, television, radio and online. BookCrossing was one of four finalists in the Outstanding Interactive or Online Media category. Pictured here at the event is our founder, Ron Hornbaker, with actor and social activist Edward James Olmos, the recipient of the Literacy Lifetime Achievement Award and keynote speaker.

BookCrossing partners with Zooba to promote their unique book club

zooba...BookCrossing has partnered with, a new and unique book club that offers thousands of bestselling hardcover titles for only $9.95 with free shipping and no long-term commitments! Every purchase with Zooba helps to directly support Besides being a great deal, how cool is it that a major book seller is supportive of the BookCrossing movement? Pretty darn cool, we'd say. Show them you appreciate their progressive mindset by checking them out now, at!

BookCrossing milestones reached - 300,000 members and 1.5 million books

On October 16, our 300,000th member joined - 12345girl from Sandpoint, Idaho. She doesn't yet have any books registered, but we can hope, right? And a little more than a week later, on October 24, 2004, our 1,500,000th book was registered - An Angel at My Table: Autobiography 2 by Janet Frame - by bookcrosser oblivious from Vancouver. Those two members will get Wings for a year, and thank you to all who continue to help fuel this growth!

BookCrossing Supply Store adds 3 new products

We've got new products for you at our Supply Store! Click on any of the pictures or links below to see ordering details...

bookcrossing bumper stickers Bumper Stickers

Don't drive naked! Jazz up a lonely bumper or make a nice addition to an already crowded one with this catchy bumper sticker. Or decorate windows, binders, water bottles, doors - just about anything! Your car will look and feel great!

tie-dye t-shirts Tie-Dye T-shirts

The whimsical way to wear your BookCrossing pride! These limited edition t-shirts are a rare commodity with only 25 shirts offered in various sizes and colors combination. Each one is a complete one-of-a-kind creation, having been hand-dyed at the whim of the artist. These cute and cheerful shirts are perfect for kids (such as our model here, Rio, daughter of BookCrossing co-founders Bruce and Heather Pedersen). Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific color combination - each one is unique!

Extreme Release Kit Sampler & Window Clingie
Variety is the spice of life! With one pack of Turtle Woman, Alli on the Beach, Times Square, and our Stock Bookplates, there’s enough variety in this kit to keep you from getting bored! 100 bookplate labels, bookmarks,and sticky notes AND a window-clingie will last you a while!


More Thoughts on Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness
by John K. Gallaher (BigJohnLefty)

Because BookCrossing is an endeaver that has such variety among its many members (and their interests), people find different ways (as I pointed out in my article, "Different Strokes for Different Folks") to get involved in it....

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So I concocted one
by Scott Walters (scrottie)

I don't know about you, buy I like to get up around noon, stagger out into the main room where the computer is, sick Mozilla on my portal of daily news, shrink off into the kitchen to get me a cup of joe, putz back out to in front of the computer, and slog through my daily news until 5 or so when my work day is over. RSS is "Remote Site Syndication", and it's sweeping the nation. A whole pecking order formed under it, where sites publish news, other sites aggregate news from other sites, other sites aggregate news from those sites (repeat a few times), until finally, someone aggregates news from a bunch of other sites for their own personal, daily (or hourly) news headlines. RSS simplifies information addiction....

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A wild release… Please pick me up
by Steve French (Tommyknocker)

I first discovered bookcrossing just over a year ago, I was impressed, amazed even and I thought to myself ‘go on, give it a go’. I registered with a screen name so close to my heart, (although I did try Pennywise first), and began to get a feel for what being part of the bookcrossing community was all about. I would check the website regularly for member updates, local members and that elusive local wild release I could go hunting for. Within my first week of joining I had travelled round my local area asking complete strangers if anyone had left a book lying around, but to no avail. I wasn’t in this just for the hunt though, I wanted to feel the thrill of the wild release. Together with a good friend of mine, RekkedGecko, I planned my first wild release....

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A transatlantic RABCK brings a fascinating harvest
by Ruth Waterton (ruthwater)

I joined BookCrossing about six weeks ago and decided to try a couple of RABCK's to get into this new community. So I checked out a few wish lists, did a search for books on my shelf and offered to send them out....

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Bookcrossing from California to Vancouver
by BayAreaBookie (BayAreaBookie)

I have a dear friend in Vancouver whom I met online several years ago. In each other we found kindred spirits and quickly took our friendship off line. We met face to face two years ago when I journeyed from California to Vancouver. Feeling more like friends who had been apart for a spell than two people who had never met, we vowed that one of us would travel over the border every six months to see the other one....

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Lurking and shrouded in Mystery they await you
by Paula Moss (paulalou42)

The day could be cloudy or bright, perhaps with sunshine bursting through at intervals or, a Spring day full of bursting promises and birdsong, or could it be a summer day, with the drone of insects and the flash of a butterfly wing? Maybe it is Autumn full to the brim with the bright colour of a sort of gaudy death. Even in Winter with the frost clinging to the branches of the trees there is beauty to lift those jaded spirits and places such as a forest is a simple car ride away with a surprise awaiting the traveller. ...

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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:


Top 10 Countries All-Time
USA 150,168 (49%)
CANADA 23,163 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 21,008 (7%)
GERMANY 18,872 (6%)
SPAIN 14,734 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 13,247 (4%)
ITALY 11,743 (4%)
FRANCE 4,057 (1%)
PORTUGAL 3,700 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 3,408 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 816 (39%)
PORTUGAL 140 (7%)
SPAIN 123 (6%)
AUSTRALIA 117 (6%)
GERMANY 116 (6%)
AUSTRIA 108 (5%)
CANADA 97 (5%)
FRANCE 43 (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...

Released it in the wild... and it ended up with a friend!
by Moem

Cross Pollinating works at Unofficial Bookshelf!
by Greyflank

I figured this one was lost. It wasn't!
by watchcat

'Twas a wet and windy Sunday...
by swan-scot

I saw my release being caught!
by ateehee

This AF has a great sense of humor!
by MaryZee

Dogs of Babel has a good catch (funny...watchcat released another *dog* book)
by alrescate

by mojosmom

18 months later!!
by Cpetersky

"I've just been bitten by the BC bug!"
by Skyring

"it's in good hands"
by libertine101

"found in a quaint coffe shop"
by scavok

Site Watch Serendipity!

one of my Halloween Challenge releases was found and journaled :) !
by hotflash

"I came home and showed my special book to my family."
by daidy


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 timely or unique challenges, post them to the forum and you may see them here in the next newsletter!

Long-lost friend challenge
by funsour

around the world in 233 books
by charbono

Thanksgiving Challenge: Who are you thankful for?
by GoldenLady810

by day-zee

In memoriam...(a final birthday celebration challenge)
by midwinter

12 days of christmas
by lilmztaz

November Louisa May Alcott Birthday Challenge
by tabby-cat-owner

Holloween trick-or-treat
by oneflewtoofar

You're Voting for WHO?? US Release Challenge...
by advoc84justice

The Seventh Day Challenge
by EvaLowrain


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!

BC Authors ---- Please respond
started by ArJohn in Book Talk

Zooba looks interesting!
started by TracyShannon in Announcements

Tell-a-friend referrals: should we direct to a bookshelf or to the home page?
started by GoryDetails in Activists Only

I'd happily buy it elsewhere, but get it out of my BOOK shop!
started by grooble in Book Talk

What is important to you in a good bookstore?
started by twistyshell in Book Talk

BC Support info re corrupt book details (partial HTML tags in title field)
started by GoryDetails in Announcements

What have you CLICKED for BC lately?
started by TracyShannon in Activists Only

Is it appropriate to list trades on profile?
started by TMS in Newbies

Vancouver Canada Jewish Book Festival Nov. 20-25th
started by Wannaread in Announcements

How long would you leave a wild release on a bench?
started by LaurieS in Release Techniques

Pros and Cons of releasing to trick-or-treaters?
started by affinity4books in Release Techniques

The more you leave lying around.......
started by dagon in Release Techniques

Do the types of books released affect the rate of catches ?
started by hotflash in Release Techniques

For entertainment purposes only: the foibles of a new OBCZ owner . . .
started by Antof9 in Activists Only

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

do you cover your books before releasing them?
started by Kajikit in Release Techniques

Australian Bookcrossing Conference Sydney November 12 - 14 2004
started by kirst040 in Conventions and Meetings

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