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June 2, 2005
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PantsCrossing, perhaps?

Turns out the good folks over at Warner Bros. Studios are big fans of BookCrossing, so they've come to us for help in promoting their newest movie based on a book. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants brings to the screen Ann Brashares' best-selling novel about one very special summer in the lives of four lifelong friends. Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn star in this story of four friends who stay in touch over an eventful summer through sharing one pair of amazing thrift-shop jeans that fits them all perfectly.

Interested? Besides watching the movie (it opens June 1), there are two other ways to get involved and show your appreciation to WB for supporting BC:

  • Warner Bros. have given us a bunch of goodies, like a Sisterhood Trilogy Book Set, a couple of Sisterhood T-Shirts, a Sisterhood Denim Ipod Case, a Sisterhood Tote Bag, and a couple of Sisterhood Posters. We'll be giving these away at random in our Book Talk forum to members who post the best messages (reviews, thoughtful insights, etc.) about the movie or the book.
  • See how well your friends know you by sending them a customized Sisterhood Friendship Quiz:

Webby Awards June 6 in New York City

BookCrossing wins Webby awardsNew Yorkers may have a chance for a rare Celebrity Sighting next week. BookCrossing founders Ron and Kaori Hornbaker and Bruce and Heather Pedersen will be in town to attend the 9th Annual Webby Awards, on June 6 at the legendary Gotham Hall. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Rob Corddry of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. won The People's Voice Award for both the Best Community and the Best Social/Networking websites.

Hey Ron, Kaori, Heather and Bruce! Gonna release any books at the awards?!

Supply Store Specials and other Super Stuff!

2005 BookCrossing Convention T-shirtIf you haven't been to the Supply Store lately, be sure to stop on by. Heather has just put the remaining Texas Convention Tees on special. The logo features our very own Ballycumber, gone cowboy — boots 'n all! Prices now start at $9.95, so get one of these fabulous limited edition Tees while they last!

While you're there, be sure to check out the fabulous array of other shirts, totes, accessories and release supplies. We are committed to keeping BookCrossing a free site, but do depend on the purchases and donations made at the Store to help keep the site going and growing. Thank you for your wonderful support.

Are you ready for the Brisbane Convention???

Over 60 blokes and sheilas (even some not from Australia) are registered for the June 24-26 Brisbane Convention. The planning committee has put together a very nice booklet for all attendees. If you did not receive one, or your copy got eaten by your spam filter, please check the link to the Convention homepage here. Watch this space for more info soon!

We've made it into Harper's Index!

Harper's Index has finally found us! The June 2005 Issue features such important facts as:

"Number of books registered at, so the books can be left in public places and found by others: 1,935,00

Number of the books left behind that have been from the Left Behind series: 2,047"

Here's a link to the Index online. The info will be available online in a month or so, or buy the June issue of the magazine!

Number of BookCrossers thrilled by the above? A Gazillion!!! Many thanks to our ABCs* Sonora and violetaparra for alerting us to this!

*Alert BookCrossers

BookCrossing Postcard Cartoon Contest Deadline Extended

Last week we announced we are accepting entries for our new Supply Store product line, BookCrossing Postcards. Design a cartoon (or cartoon strip) for BookCrossing characterizing the site's inherent activities (i.e., site-relevant characteristics, serendipity, reading, releasing, book hunting, reverse shoplifting, etc.), and you could win a $75 (USD) gift certificate for anything in our BC Supply Store!

To give a little more time to get those creative juices flowing, we've extended the deadline for the contest to Midnight (BookCrossing time) on July 24, 2005.

The contest is open to everyone, entry is free. Winners will be announced in the Newsletter. Rules are as follows:

  1. All entries must be submitted in electronic form with an attached jpeg file at least 900 pixels wide and 600 pixels high.
  2. The original cartoon (single image or strip) must not be bigger than the 4x6 inches white postcard on which it will be exhibited.
  3. Send all entries to
  4. Be sure to include your screen name in your email.
  5. Use the name of your work for easy identification in the Subject Line.
  6. Copy and paste the following disclaimer in your email as proof of your willingness to grant BC full rights to use and market your contest submission.
I hereby certify that the art and/or idea that I am about to submit is my original work and has never been copyrighted or, if copyrighted, that I am the sole copyright owner. I am entering this art and/or idea for art as an honest and true effort of my personal creativity and unique artistic vision. I release all claims for compensation other than contest winnings and understand that my art may be printed, reprinted, published or reproduced in any way or context as BookCrossing wishes in limitless quantity for BookCrossing profit as my original work and under my own copyright.

Although this contest is intended to procure cartoons of hand-drawn or computerized images for postcards, photographs may be considered for future projects and be awarded as per the terms of this contest.

Finally, if you can't draw but still have a good idea and vision for a BookCrossing Postcard, send it along! If we end up able to "execute" your idea, we'll wing you for a month.

Feature Requests Forum - We Do Read it, Honest!

Although BookCrossing postcards have been discussed previously in the forums and among the support team folks, BookCrosser Grooble from South Australia made a post three weeks ago in the Feature Requests forum which really started the ball rolling again. After some thought, we decided to hold a design contest for the first ever official BookCrossing postcards, announced here last week. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way we lost sight of where the renewed spark had come from, and Groobs didn't get the recognition deserved for a great idea. By way of belated thanks, Grooble's wings have been set flapping.

The Feature Requests forum remains a great place to send up trial balloons for new ideas, get feedback from other BookCrossers and to pass along brainstorms for what you'd like to see in BookCrossing.

Creativity Corner- A new twist on Recycling

If you're looking for a good book in Raleigh, North Carolina, why not take a stroll to a wonderful "Unofficial" BookCrossing Zone and check out what's available. But don't expect to sip a cup of coffee while you look over the titles, unless you bring your own! The UBCZ on Hillsborough Street is an abandoned newspaper box at the bus stop on the south side of Hillsborough St., near the west end of the North Carolina State University library. Since September 2002, it has had roughly 250 books pass through it, most brought by buttonbright. WE often say that BookCrossing recycles books. Now, thanks to buttonbright's keen eye and quick mind, abandoned newspaper boxes get recycled, too!

In the News

It's all Greek to us! The ever wonderful apapsa alerted us to a second article in the Epsilon magazine. It was written by the brilliant nevermindthegap (The Artist Formerly known as Pari-Greece!!!) and was a two page follow-up, with some more photos. One page was about the fantastic influx of Greek members after the first article and the second page was a narrative of the eventful release of one our new -and very active- members, itsmarcos. Apapsa tell us that "This second article brought even a greater number of new BookCrossers! An overall of 283 new members!!! Many of them are eager to find out "how's this thing being done", they register books, release them, go hunting and are delirious when they actually find the books!!! We're a happy vibrant community, that's for sure! :o) No wonder why Introduce Yourself has been jammed with our threads! " Join the fun in the forum, and be sure to keep an eye out for translations of both articles into English!

And in case your Portuguese is more up to par than your Greek, scurry on over to the Portuguese forum and welcome all the new members there! A recent television show featuring BookCrossing has opened the floodgates of new members there as well. Four intrepid BookCrossers, cokas, ivosousa, suzana-cricketand obravo explained to the country what the BookCrossing movement is. People listened... the numbers are growing and the word is on the street: BookCrossing is the place to be! This latest publicity has helped the Portuguese BookCrossers cross the 5,000 registered members mark. Wow!

Welcome to all new members, whatever country you are from!


St George’s Day Celebrations at the Cherry Tree OBCZ
by Lynne (Molyneux)

CaffCaff arrived early at the Cherry Tree in Steventon for our regular bi-monthly meeting – the first she had attended – and was astonished to find that the pub, its car park and garden were filled with strangely-dressed people, playing music and wearing flowers and ribbons in their hats. . . was this outlandish costume the norm for BookCrossers in Oxfordshire? She frantically sent me a text message to ask if she was in the right place! ...

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by Ikkes

Some BookCrossers go way beyond the Call of Duty. Ottawabill is one of those BookCrossers, and if there were a "BookCrosser of the Year" award, I'd nominate him....

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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 171,782 (47%)
UNITED KINGDOM 28,818 (8%)
CANADA 26,972 (7%)
GERMANY 23,299 (6%)
SPAIN 17,685 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 16,524 (5%)
ITALY 12,894 (4%)
FRANCE 5,878 (2%)
PORTUGAL 5,128 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 4,689 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 859 (34%)
PORTUGAL 371 (15%)
GERMANY 136 (5%)
CANADA 108 (4%)
SPAIN 84 (3%)
FRANCE 60 (2%)
GREECE 56 (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...

An international catch in Nebraska
I never seem to run into Europeans in Nebraska, but here is someone from Norway who is taking my book to France. Great! It's a fun catch for me to see...and a new member.
by jennannej

I squealed with excitement!
Scotiagirl dragged me kicking and screaming (not!) to Frenchy's this afternoon (looking for second hand books). I found one with a BC label in it and made quite a few other shoppers jump in surprise when I whooped for joy. I wonder where it's been for 20 months:
by bluenoser

It's still alive!
I really thought this book was dead or in the trash...
by phillycarol

Wrong train, right time!
What traveling on the wrong train can lead to...
by Moem

It was fun ... of course I joined!
by inkognitoh

A reason to keep releasing at work
I have released a handful of books in the public "settlements" area at work. Now another reason to keep doing it.
by MadamMuck

"We loved the whole experience..."
Moonrat and White Turtle may go sailing:

[This catch leaves me with a perfect record at the DeCordova Museum- every single release I've made there has been journaled! That's only four or five books total, but still, a pretty good catch rate...]
by GoryDetails

A very quick catch from a brand new geocache
My son, a keen geocacher, suggested a walk up to an iron age fort in our local town where we left a book in an new geocache. The cache only went 'live' yesterday and we left a book there about noon today. 6 hours later I got a journal to say it had been picked and is being read.
by swan-scot

The perfect finders!

I am so pleased!
by MoonDark

Like a lion at a watering hole....
Love this catch!

by TracyShannon

Denmark to Norway to Spain to Ireland
This book is logging some miles.
by MaryZee

Another nice catch and a new member!,Anita
by dagon

Catch-New Member-Release!
I'm pleased with this catch & new member!
by Anne-Elliott

Two catches in two days!
This little romance novel is once again proof that tastes differ a lot ;-) but most important: it got TWO entrys by TWO new members in the last TWO days! I wonder how long it can keep this up...
by sarana

From UK to Hungary in 2 weeks!
Nice catch for Big-Ma!
by MaryZee

Got a happy little catch yesterday!
these are the kind that make you keep releasing!
by shaunesay

England - Greece - Australia - Thailand - Germany
The little book that could! It sounds like this baby has almost been read to death.

Happy trails little guy.
by inkognitoh

Wow - free bookcrossing advertising
This little book has been found by a "connected" DJ friend so that they can tell listeners about BookCrossing.
by MadamMuck

"I have always wanted to find one of these!! I cant wait to read it!"

I love this kind of stuff: this one has been through 8 journalers--a couple of RABCKs, a trade, a BookRelay, the Book Aid mass release, a wild release, and a couple of wild catches, if I'm reading it correctly. From Maine, to Colorado, to Georgia, to Maryland, to a few stops in the UK and back to Maryland. I love the fact that after both wild, controlled, and mass releases, it is now safe with someone who "always wanted to find one of these!" It has had an interesting journey so far.
by solittletime

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