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February 3, 2005
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BOOKCROSSING NEWS

BookCrossing Raffle to be held February 17, 2005

Don't miss your chance to get in on a good thing! The raffle to benefit the April US BookCrossing Convention 2005 will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at the San Antonio BookCrossing Meetup. Names will be announced that weekend, most likely Saturday. Names will be kept tallied in Convention/Meetup forum. Click here for more information and to enter the drawing.


Meetup Madness coming your way!

Next week, all over the world, BookCrossers will be doing something they love almost as much as releasing books - meeting other BookCrossers! Want to know if there is a Meetup in your area? Check the Conventions and Meetings forum, www.meetup.com, the various forums for languages other than English, or BookCrossing Yahoo! Groups, where you can do a search on "BookCrossing". See you at the Meetup, and don't forget your books!




NEW BOOKCROSSING ARTICLES

EDUCATING EMILY
How an OBCZ helped spark a reading fire in a nonreader
by bookczuk

"Um...it's a nice idea, I guess, but I don't read books."...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1605]


BOOKCROSSING AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOKS
List now available!
by GrammaAnnie

Have you ever wondered how many BookCrossers have had books published? Would you like to know who they are and the titles of their books? Have you wanted to support BookCrossing by using affiliate websites to purchase books by BC authors but didn't know where to go to get the information you needed?...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1607]


I SPY
Take a look around
by yllus

I spy wild books running free...

[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/1608]


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 159,520 (49%)
CANADA 24,518 (8%)
UNITED KINGDOM 22,855 (7%)
GERMANY 20,905 (6%)
SPAIN 16,094 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 14,784 (5%)
ITALY 12,271 (4%)
FRANCE 4,603 (1%)
PORTUGAL 4,167 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 3,716 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 742 (44%)
UNITED KINGDOM 160 (10%)
GERMANY 156 (9%)
AUSTRALIA 94 (6%)
CANADA 89 (5%)
SPAIN 71 (4%)
FRANCE 37 (2%)
ITALY 32 (2%)
NETHERLANDS 31 (2%)
NEW ZEALAND 31 (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...

Found in Japan
by reddragonlady

Still there...
by reddragonlady

"[My daddy] brought it home for me to read . . ."
by mojosmom

"I found this book in the school library..."
by aris1

After a long drought in san diego, finally a catch!
by sha

Thank you for the lovely gift from my childhood!
by nimrodiel

Now, how did this get to be found in my town in South Carolina?
by kiptrix

I'm excited My first new BC'er
by woosang

A cruise catch!
by Megi53

I'm pleased with this one
by WarEagle78

2 for 2
by TexasWren

Book reported found after 16 months!
by owlet

Another one checks in after 21 months in the wild!
by owlet




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!

This thread is for the Valentine Challengers, I will put some info in point form
by maggiemuffet

"Electoral Book Votes" challenge (mainly for USA)
by Badgerjim

cross-post -- February book release for Danny Clune
by tom-m

March - Oh, the Places We Can Go Release Challenge
by Secretariat

Sundays in February
by Cyberkedi




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!

What book did you dislike and yet read until the end anyway?
started by WritinReader in Book Talk

Attention BookCrossing authors!
started by TexasWren in Announcements

Manawatu, NZ article.. Woo-hoo!
started by jblueafterglow in Announcements

how do you keep track of books you've sent and who's rec'd them?
started by Abbynormal92243 in Release Challenges

2/2 and 2/3: What are you reading now?
started by Amusedbythis in Book Talk

hot air ballons and bookcrossers unite.
started by billythekid in Site Watch

Author Anniversaries - February
started by Pixette in Release Techniques

Bookcrossing handout for libraries and schools
started by BelmontLib in Announcements

Changing rooms in clothes shops? Bad idea?
started by Random-Poet in Release Techniques

Anyone working on the Toronto 2006 con yet?
started by AwesomeAud in Conventions and Meetings

UK Unconvention, Birmingham, 1st-3rd July 2005
started by Netstation in Conventions and Meetings

2005 Registrations In
started by Sonora in Conventions and Meetings

Your most successful release locations?
started by Jaremeister in Release Techniques

And now: Announcing the New Zealand Convention, Easter 2005
started by FutureCat in Conventions and Meetings





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