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April 14, 2008
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Where Will We Be in 2010?

No, we're not getting all philosophical on you. This is a real question focused on where the BookCrossing Anniversary convention will be in 2010. In just a week, BookCrossers from all over the world will be gathering in London for the 7th Anniversary Convention. In April 2009, the Anniversary Convention will be in New Zealand. But where will it be next? Past locations have been chosen by vote of previous convention attendees. This year, we want to try something different — opening up the voting to all BookCrossers. Convention folks will still vote on Sunday, but for the first time, we'll also have online voting. You'll be able to cast your ballot for one of the three cities who are hoping to host the 2010 Anniversary Convention: Amsterdam, Boston, and Washington, DC. Full instructions will appear in the Announcements Forum by the time the Convention starts April 18 in London. In order to vote, you must be a BookCrossing member. Good luck to all the volunteer cities. No matter which is chosen, BookCrossing wins, because each would be a fabulous place to meet and sing "Happy Birthday" to Ballycumber!

Look who is AuthorCrossed!

If you haven't clicked over to AuthorCrossing lately, be sure to do so now. Not an author, you say? Well, here's the really cool part of AuthorCrossing — it's for readers, too, and we know BookCrossers are likely to be one of those. The AuthorCrossing bookstore is now open for business, featuring books published through AuthorCrossing by BookCrossers. A couple of "firsts" and congratulations are in order. The first book to go live was Du skall inte... by Frida Edman, on March 10. The first book through the system, though it's still "In Production" was The Last by Nicole K. Two hundred forty two BookCrossers have one or more books moving through the process from manuscript to bookshelves, with more (both books and authors) rolling in every day. And just like BookCrossers, the subjects are varied: fiction, art, body, Mind & Spirit, cooking, family & relationships, poetry — pretty much everything. Soon, there'll be forums for readers to give feedback on books, too. And, in case we hadn't mentioned it, a portion of AuthorCrossing's proceeds from each sale returns to BookCrossing to help support the site. Write, Read, BookCross — It's a whole new way to recycle reading and make the world a library!

It's Genoa for Italy's 7th National Meeting

Genoa, a city loaded with charm and history, is the site of the 7th Italian Convention (MUNZ) this year May 31-June 2. There's more information at the meeting website here or contact information here. Featured in the program will be Azzeccagarbugli award winning author Adele Marini, who will introduce her second novel at the meeting. (For those of you not familiar with it, we're told that an Azzeccagarbugli is a Literary Prize for Thrillers and Detective Novels) A beautiful city, La Lanterna, award winning authors, good company, good food, and BookCrossing? Who could ask for more?!

A Birthday Gift for All: FREE Shipping returns!

Happy Birthday to us! We thought long and hard about what to give our wonderful members to celebrate BookCrossing's 7th Birthday, and came up with what we thought might be the perfect gift. Free shipping* for Supply Storepurchases returns for a limited time: April 5 — April 30. (We'll pause for your wild applause and cheers.) Help us wish Ballycumber and the over 660,000 members around the world a Happy BookCrossing birthday. Stop by the store and fill your basket with fabulous BookCrossing goodies. And as always, thank you for your support. All proceeds from the store help keep the BookCrossing site running and our basic memberships free.

*Free shipping is good for all orders over $20 from April 5 — 30, and applies to both domestic and international orders.

Sticking it to You BookCrossing Style: 3 New Types of Stickers!

Now shipping from the Supply Store — three new types of BookCrossing Stickers! Two styles of Variety Packs are available — brand new products suggested and oft-requested by our members. These stickers can be used for many different purposes, and to supplement our fabulous Tiny stickers and our (newly redesigned) spine stickers. Our BookCrossing Variety pack and BallyCumber Variety pack stickers are 1 x 2 inch (2.5 x 5 cm) and perfect for book covers, envelopes or anywhere! Have some fun — go sticker crazy! Eight sets of six different designs per set on a roll for a total of 48 stickers. Buy both sets and get all 12 designs.

Or, help spread the word about BookCrossing with our newly redesigned Spine stickers. This product was rigorously tested by a stalwart and international group of BookCrossers. The final product was drawn up according to their recommendations and specifications. These stickers are just the ticket to have Ballycumber running on the spine of your book, but will work just as well on the cover or anywhere. So, stick it to "the Man", book, package or anywhere you want! (P.S. This is not an April Fool's joke!)

Good Things Bear Repeating

The BookCrossing Supply Store is very pleased to announce the reissue of three of our most popular labels: Forgotten Lore, Taglines, and Butterfly Books. And best of all? These labels tell readers the book is "travelling the world making new friends." Yep, that's right — the double "L" spelling of travelling! Click on over to the Supply Store and order some today! (And yes, these labels will be available at the London Convention.)


The 7th Italian BC National Meeting in Genoa from May 31 to June 2, 2008
by liberliber

Siamo felici di annunciare a tutti che il settimo incontro nazionale del BC italiano si terrà a Genova da sabato 31 maggio 2008 a lunedì 2 giugno 2008. Potete trovare informazioni o aderire scrivendo nell'area italiana del forum di qui, o sul sito di supporto italiano qui. O contattate Gjko gjkofly AT o liberliber bookcrossing AT, o lizzyblack witchliz AT Possono essere tutti contattati anche tramite i messaggi privati di BookCrossing....

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by PokPok

One of the questions I see most often on the fora, is "How do I release this book? The audience is limited, the subject is esoteric, but I'd like it to be read." I had some concerns about this. My tastes often run to niche areas, from quantum physics to non-romaticized portraits of life in Tudor England, to the current political structure to investment strategies for biotechnology companies. These books aren't necessarily the best to release in the freezer section of the grocery store. How do I release this book?...

[read it all at]

Akron-area BookCrossers release hundreds of books to enthusiastic readers
by TinkEsq

In 2005, the Rubber City Book Posse (RCBP) released more than 150 books at the first ever Akron Reading Festival. In 2006, that count more than doubled with around 300 books released. There was no festival in 2007, but on Saturday, February 9, 2008, the RCBP blew previous totals out of the water by releasing 625 books to attendees of the (renamed) Family Reading Festival....

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Celebrating U.S. Black History Month BookCrossing Style
by ThanksMom

The next best thing to an Official BookCrossing Zone (OBCZ) may be a BookCrossing display? I’ve not been able to establish a permanent zone but one of the tasks of my job as a Park Ranger is to make displays. Thanks to BookCrossers tabby-cat-owner, lake44, classicfox, LyekkaMarengo, SCOBCZ, thescreaming, infiniteTBR, southernfryed, nicolesinger, Trekwoman, lumbermoose, Jennyo, GorgeousGlo, glory-to-glory, chubsiewubsie, gothamgal, siriradha, grubsneerg, etherea, elle311 and 1lilbookworm, I was able to combine work and pleasure. ...

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A month in the life of a BookCrossing addict
by suedo

As a BookCrosser who likes to play with statistics, I have just had a delightful month. One of the things I track is how many journal entries I get each day. I also track how many days go by between getting and not getting journal entries. I have just ended my longest run of journal entries, with a grand total of 39 consecutive days with at least one journal entry. I got a total of 108 journal entries (JEs) during February, which include 9 wild catches and 8 new joiners. I'm sure I released many more than 9 books last month though it is nice to see how many of the wild catches have also signed up to the site. My JEs came from a variety of activities; rings, book swaps and meet-ups gave me the best response rate, but trades and RABCKs also have a very high JE rate....

[read it all at]

A Crosser's tale to there and back again
by Elissa Jordan (WordWizard)

My name is Elissa and I’m a book buyer. I’ve been a BookCrosser now for only a few hours (but really since 2002) and it’s hard to have to wait for the next book, when there are stores full of them. But good things come to those who wait, and so wait I shall. ...

[read it all at]

One of the amazing facets of BookCrossing
by mallary

Just a few weeks ago I noticed in the wish list Forum an appeal by BookCrossing member nuyear1975 for children's books for her school book exchange. ...

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London, here I come!
by chris147

In three weeks time I'll be on my way to London for the 2008 bookcrossing convention at the Imperial College. I'm really looking forward to it, since I'm simply addicted to books. Some people around me (parents and a few friends) are getting kind of jealous about me going to London. Just too bad I won’t be going that long, just 3 days. I kind of wish I could go longer, but I think I’d miss my work too much (finally found a really nice job after a three year search)....

[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...

Wow! A Book I Released 3 Years Ago in Mississippi Was Journaled!

And a new member joined, to boot! The interesting thing is, this flea market where I wild released this book was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. I don't know where the little book has been all this time, but it obviously rode out the storm and is now in South Carolina!

I just love BookCrossing! It's things like this that renew my adoration for it.
by BruceAlexander

My friends, here we have a serious book-hunter.

"A series of arbitrary, random acts- crying I was here!
I too was here, took every book I could find."
by Grorser

Words to the wise in Rhythmbiscuit's catch!
Angels and Demons
by siriradha

From the 2004 Olympics to the 2008 Olympics!
Got this j.e. today!
by aris1

"I found the book, and it made my day."
Been a looooong time between catches for me, and then this quite delightful one ended up in my inbox!
by tqd

Go ahead, judge a book by its cover!
Have you seen any books lately with fun covers?

I just saw this one pop up on the sidebar:
And I'm a fan of The Thirteenth Tale cover(it's got books!):

by jennannej

My book travelled to the other side of the world!!!
Left a book on a bench in our local shopping mall in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (eastern tip of Canada). Just got a notice that it was caught in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!!! So exciting!!!

Now if I could only catch a book myself! LOL
by readstoofast

Over 5 years later... is purchased at a used bookstore for a quarter... good catch for jetteach!
by Jare

"EXACTLY what I needed at the time"

by itpdx

Five years and one month from finding to journalling
Had to wait for the children to goto school!!
by KiwiinEngland

Wahoo! Just got a fabulous 2nd-generation wild catch:

From New Hampshire to Key West to England- not bad at all! [The first finder didn't care for the book and the second one doesn't plan to read it, but I guess you can't have everything! {grin}]

And what are the odds that I'll stumble across my own book when I'm in London for the BC convention? No, wait, even more likely: the homing instinct will kick in, and it will be found by someone who's on their way to New Hampshire!
by GoryDetails

What a fun JE!
Great catch for AmandaB, sounds like AF had a lot of fun taking the book on travels!
by Jare

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