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December 6, 2004
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS

BookCrossing programmer Dan Clune still missing after one month, reward rises to $10,000

Dan Clune missing

Dan Clune, our lead programmer since April of this year, has been missing for an entire month now. Thanks to all of you who so faithfully have kept the forums and lists informed as new articles about Dan appear. This continues to be a difficult time for us, but the outpouring of positive thoughts and assistance continues to touch us deeply.

Dan has not been seen since November 6. His family initially put up a $2,500 award shortly after he went missing. This was doubled by the marvelous British branch of our Bookcrossing family. Most recently, this was matched by The Sporn Company, a pet products company which specializes in humane leashes, harnesses and halters, and which employs Dan's sister, Kristen. These sources bring the total reward for information leading to Dan's safe return to $10,000.

Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers toward Dan and his family and friends. If you would like to help the family and search effort financially, you have two options. The BookCrossing founders have set up a fund to which you may mail checks:

The Dan Clune Search Fund
Panhandle State Bank
P.O. Box 967
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Or, if PayPal is easier for you, BookCrosser casualreader is managing online donations at his BookRelay.com site.

Dan's family has set up a website to consolidate all the information regarding his case:

www.finddanny.com

Finally, please consider helping to encourage media outlets to cover Dan's story. Kristen Clune has posted a list of media contacts in our forums. A simple email or call multiplied by hundreds of BookCrossers gets the attention of producers, and takes you only a few minutes to complete.


New Supply Store products just in time for holiday shopping

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BookCrossing Wine Charms
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Handmade Book Strings
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NEW BOOKCROSSING ARTICLES

IT'S A SMALLER WORLD THAN WE MAY THINK
With a few marketing skills I can spread the news
by DJ Heinlein (dallasjay)

My wallet has suffered, my closet space has decreased, my family has been worried, my co-workers thought of me as unusual, and the credit card company is happy to earn the extra interest on all my book buying purchases. Now my web signatures have been abducted by a single line of words that reach the masses of people I socialize with on the Internet. It is true that I have dedicated a portion of my e-mail and forum signature to entice other web users to jump into the online world of literacy....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1503]


WILD RELEASE
The Liberating Bookcrossing Experience
by Heather Albrecht (Czersk)

I had a good book; I had a great spot; I was waiting for the right person. With My Antonia in hand, I slowly made my way to B. Dalton, my heart skipping a beat every time I passed a different store: Target- thump . . .thump thump; Claire’s- thump . . . thump, thump; Gloria Jean’s, Hallmark- thump . . . thump, thump, thump; Gadzooks, Pac Sun, Journeys- thump, thump, thump, thump . . . . My feet kept on moving and my heart kept on pounding until I was standing right in front of the bench that welcomed weary shoppers to sit and rest outside my favorite store. With a slight of my hand, I slipped the book onto the bench and scurried away, not wanting to be seen, with a grin that could compete with that of the Cheshire Cat’s spread across my face. My first wild release mission had been completed....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1504]


BOOKCROSSING'S WORLD WIDE HUG
The hug that is changing the world
by GrammaAnnie (GrammaAnnie)

BookCrossing connects booklovers from around the world. It destroys all boundaries of separation. We are all brought together by that one common love that we all share - our love of books. For me that translates into one, big, world-wide hug!...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1505]


A JUBILEE STORY
The Choir, The Queen, the book, The Big Pineapple and me
by whitequeen

The Bookcrossing universe, like all other totalities, is striving for balance. A circling mass of tangible literature passes through our bookstores, shelves, hands, minds and out into the wider world. Bookcrossers might use the words of that intergalactic philosopher Mork as they release a book into the wild saying, "Fly, be free," and it is off on its journey. Sometimes, however, books need help and fate or Karma drops one into your lap in an unexpected way....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1506]


CITY OF THE WILD
Wild books and the hope of changing lives in New York
by Carlos Rene Rodriguez (tun000)

I could change a life. That’s what rang in my head after visiting the bookcrossing.com website for the first time. However, I didn’t realize how many lives needed to be changed until I put myself on a crusade to Washington Square Park and tried to simply give away two books....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1522]


FALLING INTO PLACE
Months of preparation couldn’t prepare me for this special release!
by Holly (kz4ufo)

A few months ago I decided to do a special release at a local fall festival. I began gathering books, but I knew I would never be able to find enough appropriate themed-books to give away in time. Fortunately, a couple of wonderful BookCrossers gave my special release some additional exposure and books from all over the United States and even England, started appearing in my mailbox....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1525]


PARADISE FOUND
One Author's Perspective on Royalties and Bookcrossing
by Leora Krygier (alltold)

One of Bookcrossing’s forum discussions focuses on the issue of whether Bookcrossing “robs authors of royalties,” or whether it actually benefits writers by expanding their readerships. These may be interesting ruminations, but what speaks to me as a writer is not dollars, earned or denied, or even whether more people will have the opportunity to read my books. What charms me is the adventure of Bookcrossing’s disarming premise, the stories born of books left solely for the purpose of being found by others, whether in a corner café, a park bench or an airport lounge....

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1535]


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 153,882 (49%)
CANADA 23,708 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 21,765 (7%)
GERMANY 19,755 (6%)
SPAIN 15,227 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 13,962 (4%)
ITALY 11,965 (4%)
FRANCE 4,274 (1%)
PORTUGAL 3,917 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 3,529 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 630 (33%)
GERMANY 441 (23%)
AUSTRALIA 127 (7%)
UNITED KINGDOM 120 (6%)
CANADA 83 (4%)
PORTUGAL 80 (4%)
SPAIN 72 (4%)
FRANCE 65 (3%)
ITALY 52 (3%)
AUSTRIA 26 (1%)



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...

An interesting journey
by reddragonlady

We are going to take the book to school and tell our classes about BookCrossing
by murmurrr

Train Station to Train Station
by booklemur

Nora Roberts book on its way from Canada to Italy
by Megi53

Another Bookcrossing book was bought and journaled
by Megi53

John Irving spent 11 months in Dorey Park
by Grorser

8 months later bought at a book sale..but at least it was journaled!!
by ellymae58

"will return to a different train on completion of book"
by Skyring

"Well im eleven years old and i dont think i spelt my country right"
by apapsa

Thoughtful entry on a catch in Pennsylvania.
by kiptrix

1 book, 3 wild catches, 3 new members in 1 month
by hootnoodle

Finally - a nice entry from Mall Security!
by Anne-Elliott

One man's trash . . .
by becca-mo

Neighbours viewer finally journals book...
by boreal

9 months, 800 miles later
by KF-in-Georgia




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

Hospital releases over Yule/Christmas
by daemonwolf

OBCZ Friendship Challenge
by 5Schwammerl

My 52 towns in 52 weeks release challenge for 2005...
by bluepointjive

Clear-Out the Shelves by 2005 Challenge
by funsour

December Just for Fun Challenge.
by billhookbabe

Secret Santa Reminder
by felicia-fairy

Going postal, a challenge for the holiday season RELEASES! (and hopefully catches)
by appaloosatb

Release something completely new!
by Stone-Junction

Jane Austen challenge -- 16th December
by flora-post




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!

New forum for OBCZ managers! Thank you Reno!!!
started by bookczuk in Announcements

Is there a book you LOVED that everyone seems to hate? (Be brave!)
started by zz-neena in Book Talk

Holiday Wish List (Post yours)
started by bflybabe in Chit-Chat

I left a Bill Cosby book on the shelf with the Jello! hee hee!
started by tnkbl in Release Techniques

BC Release bags back ordered- due in mid January
started by bookczuk in Announcements

Anyone else concerned books might be thrown away?
started by cenimo in Release Techniques

Help Build An English Library For Teenagers In Bratislava, Slovakia
started by clindell in Announcements

2005 BookCrossing Convention Online Registration Form (xpost)
started by yvi-1 in Activists Only

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to one of your books?
started by Jaberkaty in Book Talk





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