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February 17, 2005
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What goes together better than Boston and Baked Beans?

Why, Boston and BookCrossing, of course! The February 7, 2005 edition of the Boston Globe carried a great editorial on BookCrossing. Featured are several local BookCrossers, words from Ron, and some unusual insight into the charm of releasing books into the wild. Be sure to check it out! (And check this forum thread for BookCrosser commentary, too.) As Badgerjim points out, this article will receive especially high readership because the New England Patriots (NFL football team) won the Superbowl on that Sunday in the US. Undoubtedly, even more copies than normal of this newspaper will be published, saved and read on that date, and they all have the BookCrossing editorial in them.

BookCrossing makes the news in Teen Ink

Thanks to the stellar writing talents of BookCrosser Czersk, BookCrossing is featured in Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing and art. Her article "Wild Release" appeared in our December 4, 2004 newsletter and is in the February 8, 2005 issue of Teen Ink. This e-zine is distributed through classrooms by English teachers, creative writing teachers, journalism teachers and art teachers around the U.S. It offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work generated by teens and has the largest distribution of any publication of its kind. Congratulations Czersk!

Australian BookCrossing Convention, 24 - 26 June 2005

Great News! Brisbane is the setting for the next Australian BookCrossing Convention. Between 24 and 26 June, the Aussies are set to gather, party and release books with abandon. They had so much fun in Sydney in 2004 that they can't wait to do it all again! You can read about all the fun they had in the famous Skyring's Journal. The word is that Brisbane is a great place to visit. It's the capital of Queensland, which is known as the Sunshine State. You can take a Paddlewheeler Cruise on the river, visit the South Bank Parklands, or stroll through the Museums and Art Galleries. Of course the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast are just a short drive away. If you're a little more laid back, Brisbane has a great cafe culture so you can just pull up a chair in Little Stanley Street, or West End, order a coffee, pull out a good book and watch the rest of the world go by. The Brisbanites, led by Neesy, have some great ideas for their visitors. Flash mobs and Author Seminars, sightseeing and some good old fashioned partying. There will be plenty of book releasing too! Watch the Forum because you know the Aussies, they always have plenty to say! If you can make it, why don't you travel on Down Under in June? Bet there are some BookCrossers who will give you a rousing welcome!

One more reason to visit the Supply Store

bookcrossing t-shirt sale There are many reasons to buy a BookCrossing t-shirt. To support the site, because you need a new shirt, because you like to advertise sites you frequent, because you look good in apricot... all good reasons. How about this one: because total strangers might stop you on the street and give you a book! (Besides, our fabulous white and apricot Women's Scoop neck Baby T's and Men's white T's are still on sale!) So hop on over to the secure BookCrossing Supply Store today!

BookCrossing hits the CBC Radio Airwaves!

If you are in range of CBC Radio airwaves, be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. to "Sounds Like Canada". (Or, you can listen online if you prefer.) CBC Radio One went to a Montreal BookCrossing Meet-up and is doing a feature on our favorite website. Local BookCrossers took the reporter on a tour of the site and are featured in the story. And the the reporter even got to see BookCrossers in action releasing books, books, BOOKS! Here's an idea: Why not get out there and release some books for interested listeners to find after they hear the story? Join the release challenge, proposed by Miss-Efficiency. Three cheers for our Canadian Community!

Our New Partnership: Reaching Readers Everywhere!

It goes without saying that BookCrossers are passionate about reading. As a BookCrosser, you understand the constant challenge to find shelf space for all your beloved books! We can’t throw them out because they still educate, entertain, and amaze us, but for most of sub-Saharan Africa, such a choice of reading material is unimaginable. BookCrossing’s goal is to make the whole world a library. That’s why we’re really proud to announce our partnership with the major international book charity Book Aid International – together we’re sharing a love of reading, and creating a worldwide community of readers. Did you know that most people in Africa will never own a book? Book Aid International believes everyone should have free and equal access to information. They are working to make this possible in some of the world’s poorest countries. Apart from being incredibly enjoyable, reading, education and learning are essential for a sustainable route out of poverty. Book Aid International supports literacy, education, training and publishing in the developing world through partnership with organisations like libraries, schools, hospitals and refugee camps. BAI is also the the official charity of World Book Day. Refugees are those who have lost everything in their fight for their lives. Books give them hope for a better future.-Paul Mitchell, English Instructor, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya We all know that sharing great books with friends is always rewarding, and sharing books with people all over the world is even more exciting. With your help, we can truly open up the world through books. Click here to find out more about Book Aid International.

March 3 is World Book Day

Heads up, everyone! World Book Day is just around the corner! The 8th celebration of World Book Day is March 3, 2005. World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It was recognized in over 30 countries around the globe last year. A wonderful partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all, WBD aims to encourage children in discovering the pleasure of books and reading. Who can argue with that? For more information about this delightful event, click here.


Here are 14 romance genre sites for February 14th and all year long.
by Cornelia Amiri (cornelia)

When I think of February, I think of Valentine's Day. When I think of Valentine's Day, I think of romance. And when I think of romance, I think of romance books. Here are 14 romance genre sites for February 14th and all year long....

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by haikuguru

Miss McCartney was my fourth grade teacher. She was tall and skinny, with steely gray hair and glasses, and she tolerated no nonsense. That year was very tense for me. Although I made good grades, I lived in mortal fear of making a mistake and being embarrassed in front of everyone. I was easily shamed because I knew I did not fit in with the doctors’ and lawyers’ kids who were my classmates....

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by nordie

The Irish contingent of BookCrossing celebrated its first birthday with an outing on 29 January 2005. Originally planned as a trip from Dublin to Belfast to meet BCNI members, engineering works on the train lines forced a postponement. Thus, a day trip down the coast from Dublin was chosen instead....

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by Skyring

The story of how I suddenly came to be in Washington, DC on Australia Day can be found elsewhere, but it is a happy one and there is champagne involved. January 26, 1788, was the day when the first British Governor landed on the shores of what is now Sydney Harbour, raised a flag and drank a toast to the health of King George III, and we have celebrated it ever since. This year, I celebrated by releasing books around Richmond and Washington....

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Finding Common Ground Through Random Acts Of Kindness
by Carl Hershey (mrherce)

As I finished reading a book, while awaiting departure from Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX, a young lady appeared in the seat beside me....

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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:


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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...

Serendipity at its most amazing!!!
by MaryZee

Only 9 years old!!!
by apapsa

Saw a catch of my book in the recently caught window! -
by dancing-dog

A well-journaled book -- keep this one on file for the reporters!
by Megi53

by Skyring

"Am I being punked?" in Reading, England
by RedheadRaye

I know we always say "be patient"
by kestralwing

Sold on and bought from Amazon?
by Megi53

"I am leaving for a road trip and will leave the book on the opposite coast."
by erulissenen

Found one of my own books!
by boreal

This AnonymousFinder got hooked on a new author.
by RedheadRaye

Can someone explain to me how this book got to Mexico?!
by Antof9

Wow! Almost 3 years!
by jennannej

Dammit, Jim! This is a great catch!!


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!

Wow...I'm starting a Challenge *giggles*!...Saint Patrick's Day Challenge!!!!!!
by Hearth-Crafter

Black History Month February 2005 (US) Challenge
by Foucault

Informal book club challenge
by Apolonia

March Birthday RABCK Ring (US)
by Nolatari


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!

Planes, trains and... (Newbie Question Alert!)
started by MoonDark in Release Techniques

started by ksrahsrah in Release Techniques

Has anyone noted that we almost have 2.000.000 books registered?
started by Wyando in Site Watch

2/16 and 2/17: What are you reading now?
started by Amusedbythis in Book Talk

Do you have a rare/collectible book you would like evaluated?
started by mojosmom in Book Talk

HUNTING Technique - ALWAYS look in Lost & Found
started by mrsjones in Release Techniques

My, did everyone see how many young people from Portugal joined today, I do
started by maggiemuffet in Announcements

Tourist wearing BC T-shirt
started by lytteltonwitch in Site Watch

CBC Radio is doing an story on Bookcrossing!
started by doris in Announcements

2005 Registrations In
started by Sonora in Conventions and Meetings

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