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October 17, 2005
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Somebodies and Nobodies Available Free to BookCrossing Members

Still haven't sent in for your copy of Somebodies and Nobodies? Click here for details and sign up for your copy today. We are currently making arrangements for copies to travel by m-bag to places outside the U.S., and are trying to figure out totals for different locales. If you have a Yahoo! group or bulletin board to share news about BookCrossing in your country, why not start a thread there to see who is interested in a copy? We'll post soon how to let us know totals, and a designee to receive the m-bag, and some suggestions for distribution. As always, we welcome your suggestions- chime in on your ideas for "how to" via Be sure to choose the fourth option ("This is just FYI — no need to reply to me") and please put "S&N" in the subject line.

Wishing on a BookCrossing Star

It's barely past the Equinox, and already the "h" word is being seen popping up in the Forums. People are talking "Holiday Wishes", and because the distance IRL between two BookCrossers is more than a mouse click away, and snail mail times must be taken into consideration, we can forgive the early appearance of such threads. Everything from Secret Santas, to Holiday Ornaments, to Holiday Gift Giving, to Wish List Fulfillment has come up. There was even a thread (blush) about the BC Staff! And while we appreciate the thought so very much, our wish list remains the same. On it are even a few items that would work for the BookCrosser who has everything, and would be sure to bring big smiles of thanks to the faces of Ron, Heather, Bruce, and the entire volunteer team.

So why not wing that special someone, make a donation in honor of your BookCrossing Buddy (if you put a note in the comment section of your order, we'll send them a notice that a donation was made in their name), buy a tee shirt, decorate your tree with BookCrossing charms, stuff a stocking with something fun from the store, send a release kit, or click through to one of our partners if you make a purchase off site. Thanks from all the elves on the BC Staff and in Volunteer Support.

Apply to be a BookCrossing Ambassador

With the recent upsurge in Media interest in BookCrossing, we are getting daily requests for contact resources all over the world. We would like to offer an opportunity to you, our members, to make news in your corner of the globe. If you are interested in possibly being a key contact for BookCrossing, you are invited to submit a request to make the "Official BookCrossing Ambassador" List. BookCrossing Ambassadors will help the founders field BC media requests including print, television, and radio.

Please submit your name (real and BC), address, phone number and any languages you are comfortable speaking (if it's only one language, that's okay!) to Be sure to choose the fourth option ("This is just FYI — no need to reply to me") and remember to put "Ambassador" in the subject line. Include a 75 word or less statement on why you think you would make a good BC interview candidate, and what type(s) of interview you would be willing to do (TV, radio, written print, Internet) We need folks from 'round the world so don't be shy! As we expect to get many requests for this auspicious list, we will not be able to answer all of them. We will continue to maintain the privacy of our members so the official list will only be shared with media sources as necessary. We thank you for your time and talents and sharing the joys of BookCrossing!

Rolling Along with the BBC: Ballycumber's Got Wheels!

BBC Greater Manchester Radio has taken creativity up another notch. They've started the world's first mobile OBCZ!!! They are hosting a BookCrossing zone on their GMR Bus that travels around the north-west of England. Not only that, but the bus is now painted bright yellow! They have also linked with BBC's literacy initiative RaW to promote reading and writing- some of the finer things in life. We're told by JimOnTheRadio that "The BBC Buses are wonderful things; part mobile studio, part peripatetic IT learning centre/internet cafe, where people can get free computer tuition, maybe use the internet or even a computer for the first time. They're primarily used in disadvantaged areas, targeting people who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to use such equipment. I've heard some great stories of people who say their lives have been changed by their experience on a BBC Bus. .. and the idea of using one as a mobile OBCZ is pure genius!" For more information, click here, or visit the forum.

Touting Toronto! BookCrossing Turns Five!!!

If you're planning to head to Toronto for the North American BookCrossing Convention which will be held on the 5th Anniversary of the founding of BookCrossing, we've got some news for you! Miss-Efficiency has let us know that the venue for the Convention has been selected. We shall all convene at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto for a weekend of fun, friendship, and best of all BOOKS! Stay tuned for registration and agenda details coming soon, but book your guestrooms today to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Click on over to the Conventions and Meetings forum for more details. (And yes, we've also heard that the 2007 convention in Charleston will be at a hotel under the Marriott flag, so you might want to consider signing up for Marriott Rewards, if your travels take you that way.)

In The News

"The thrill of finding a tattered copy of an elusive book for just Rs 20 at the local raddiwalla, the lure of a well-written plot that allows you to escape, albeit briefly, from the monotony of life… these are the things a true blue bibliophile looks for." So starts a recent article in the Daily News & Analasys of Mumbai,India. Read it here.

Jamesmum alerted us to a quick mention in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald (NS, Canada) article about traveling journals. BookCrossing is mentioned as an example of Internet-based tracking activity. You'll find links to some of our favorite recent media happenings here.


Free Book Available through BookCrossing for YOU!
by heather

Last October, BookCrossing and The Dignitarian Dialogues joined forces to give away thousands of copies of Robert W. Fuller's Somebodies and Nobodies. Now, we are able to offer 3,500 copies more to BookCrossers across the world....

[read it all at]

Or Wild, Wild Releasing
by swan-scot

Some people like to release books at coffee shops, shopping centres, or other city centre locations, but none of these are places I frequent. Wild releasing for me means leaving books in truly wild locations in my beloved mountains here in the Highlands of Scotland. ...

[read it all at]

September 2005 You're Such an Animal Release Challenge Notes
by KimKerry

It had all the elements of a treasured book -- riveting suspense, humor, warmth, a brilliant author, as well as some exceptionally captivating ‘characters’. An appropriate title might be : The Great Escape: Secretariat’s Second Annual September You’re Such an Animal Release Challenge Sets 7784 Books Free! ...

[read it all at]

Bringing you the ins and outs of SSMs
by star reporter for BC News (Ballycumber)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of SSMs. Whenever an SSM is announced in the Newsletter, a link to this article will be included to help provide some information for those who wish to participate. The basic theme of the SSM will be announced in the Newsletter, including the date it is to occur. Listed below are a few things to help you out in your mission...

[read it all at]

Now also thanks to Swiss newspapers!!
by Sunneschii

Have you visited the German forum lately? No? Well, there are many Swiss Newbies... and some of them really are hooked on BC!!! But how did this come about? What happened?...

[read it all at]

Help For Hurricane Survivors: Reading for Relief Project
by picky88 and goldlis (picky88)

Hello everyone! We want to establish BookCrossing Zones in shelters in the San Antonio, Texas area for the many people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Some people will be displaced for more than six months! Our goal is to set at least two thousand books into circulation through this service project. Our mission: to provide relief to these displaced people, including shelter-bound folks and children placed in orphanages, by providing them with free literature. Our goal is to collect 2000 books....

[read it all at]

A Quick List of Some of our Favorite News and Media Links
by BCNewsletter

Each week we try to feature the newest articles and sightings of BookCrossing in the Media. However, there are many great articles out there that have not yet made it to our Media page, but are good indicators of BookCrossing and the cultural phenomenon it has become. We hope to keep this summary updated as new articles come in. Enjoy!...

[read it all at]


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...

Nice rack, Skyring! ;)
Skyring got some great shots of the locals in this recent release.
by peggysmum

Wonderful journal entry from AF on this book. "Oh, the memories."
by Secretariat

No maple syrup but a book instead!

by boreal

Perth - Sydney ABC - Singapore - Canada in a year :)
Hi kids, just got a journal alert for this book 2227646- sent originally (unregistered) to me by jassy-m from the other side of Australia, taken to the Sydney convention in November, where someone left it at a bus stop, then it flew to Singapore before Christmas- now alive and well in Ontario!! woot woot, dont you just love these emails *g*

C for chuffed
by Littlemave

Someone already read and enjoyed the book I released yesterday!
by juliebarreto

"I'm very excited to become involved!!"

Six or seven months ago, I released 16 books here (not all at once) and none of them have been journaled yet. Today, I figured I’d give it one more try and released another 4. Wouldn't you know it that just as I'm about to give up on a location that one of them comes through with a journal entry and new member. Woohoo.

by LazyDaisy0413

NY -> Australia -> Finland

I rescued this book in NYC, took it to the Australian Convention, it was found (new member) and taken to Finland and left outside a library where a BookCrosser found it.

by thebiblioholic

Almost two years later...
From Arkansas to Nebraska via a yard sale!
by avanta7

42 Books wild released in the last 13 days...
..and I get a catch from a book we left in a Post Office three months ago! (not that I'm complaining...) Has it been sitting in the Brigham City, UT Post Office this whole time? It was so much fun to be sitting here and see it come up on the sidebar- that was a first for me...
Well, enough to release more books for the Tick Tock Challenge!

Great catch for AwesomeAud after 2 years+ in the wild!

Sounds like a lovely spot for a retreat from the world.
by kiptrix

Unexpected recipient
When I finished reading Barbara Hurd's -Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark-, I thought long and hard about a good place to wild release it. It was a fascinating book, about much more than simply caving, and I wanted to try and increase its chances of landing in appriciative hands. I finally settled on releasing it outside of an REI shop which sells equipment for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, caving, etc. While it did not get picked up by anyone claiming to be a caver or outdoorsperson, I'm very pleased with where it did end up!
by Firegirl

It's not often the journals are better than the book.
This one was left behind by my ex, and I looked for some reason to dispose of it- missing pages, or something, please! But there was no hope, it was in pretty good condition, so I registered it, and found a willing reader.

I am SO glad I did. The two journal entries that I received for the book are priceless fun!
by WistfulDragon

SSM 29

SSM 29 Spinning a BookCrossing Web; October 23 2005

Last month's SSM28 (Return of the Prodigal SSM) got us warmed up to the fine art of synchronized book releases. This month's SSM29 celebrates the very thing that brought us here together: the Internet. Grab your book and head to an Internet cafe, college campus, wi-fi zone or some place with free computer access. Leave your book there and if there is an actual computer at the release spot, leave our web page up after you've logged out and left the book! An extra hint to people to catch the book, so to speak. This idea was sent in by rarsberry and VivaRichie, who will each receive wings for the month. As an added bonus, why not try to make your book "web" related? If you need a hint to help you know what to do for the SSM, click here.

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