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As the OBCZ Wiki seems to have disappeared once again I thought it might be helpful to set out the other various ways of trying to find an OBCZ.

The first place to look is the 'Go Hunting' pages found by clicking on 'Go Hunting' on the 'Books & People' drop down menu. From there you click on the 'country' and then 'state/province' you are interested in. This gives you a list of 'cities', those with 'globes' against have OBCZs. Click on the 'city' and this will take you to a list of zones ( this is my home town http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/37039 ). The ones with a globe against them are OBCZs. Click on each one to find the address and what books have been released there and not yet 'caught'. If it is a long time since a book was released there it is possible that the OBCZ is now defunct but it is only possible to be sure by making a visit. If you discover that a listed OBCZ no longer exists please report it on this forum so that the globe may be removed.

It is also worth looking at the OBCZ directory on Library Thing which you will find here http://www.librarything.com/---/local_directory.php?... Just click on the state/province/county you are interested in and you will get a list of venues which you can click on for more information. The great advantage of this directory is the maps. Click on 'full page' on one of the venue maps and then wander around the area to your hearts delight clicking on the dots to discover other OBCZs, Little Free Libraries etc. Here is a full page map based on the Foresters Arms OBCZ in Colchester http://www.librarything.com/---/Foresters-Arms you should be able to click and hold down to drag the map around and I can scroll on my mouse to change the scale but you may have to experiment to see how it works for you.

If you have an iPhone I recommend the free app that lets you make use of this information on the move. In my view it is a must have app for anyone interested in books. https://itunes.apple.com/---/id431326874?...

If anyone wants to add their own ideas feel free.

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As the OBCZ Wiki seems to have disappeared once again I thought it might be helpful to set out the other various ways of trying to find an OBCZ.

The first place to look is the 'Go Hunting' pages found by clicking on 'Go Hunting' on the 'Books & People' drop down menu. From there you click on the 'country' and then 'state/province' you are interested in. This gives you a list of 'cities', those with 'globes' against have OBCZs. Click on the 'city' and this will take you to a list of zones ( this is my home town http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/37039 ). The ones with a globe against them are OBCZs. Click on each one to find the address and what books have been released there and not yet 'caught'. If it is a long time since a book was released there it is possible that the OBCZ is now defunct but it is only possible to be sure by making a visit. If you discover that a listed OBCZ no longer exists please report it on this forum so that the globe may be removed.

It is also worth looking at the OBCZ directory on Library Thing which you will find here http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?... Just click on the state/province/county you are interested in and you will get a list of venues which you can click on for more information. The great advantage of this directory is the maps. Click on 'full page' on one of the venue maps and then wander around the area to your hearts delight clicking on the dots to discover other OBCZs, Little Free Libraries etc. Here is a full page map based on the Foresters Arms OBCZ in Colchester http://www.librarything.com/---/Foresters-Arms you should be able to click and hold down to drag the map around and I can scroll on my mouse to change the scale but you may have to experiment to see how it works for you.

If you have an iPhone I recommend the free app that lets you make use of this information on the move. In my view it is a must have app for anyone interested in books. https://itunes.apple.com/---/id431326874?...

If anyone wants to add their own ideas feel free.
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If you have an iPhone I recommend the free app that lets you make use of this information on the move. In my view it is a must have app for anyone interested in books. https://itunes.apple.com/---/id431326874?...


Thank you. As soon as I figure out how to download apps, that one will be first.
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The website started by Ravetracer also looks promising:-
http://openbookcase.org
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Thanks for listing this site, it looks promising indeed.

I was about to add my OBCZs, but then noticed that it says under FAQ that an open book case is one that is open and avl 24/7. My OBCZs are in Panera and other businesses so they won't qualify. And even some LFLs I've been to are not 24/7 either, if they are located in parks or community centers that close after dark.

I've been using Waze for navigation, and it would be a dream if I can see all the book zones (and booklovers) as I drive around!
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it says under FAQ that an open book case is one that is open and avl 24/7


Yet it says on the main page "Mostly they're open 24/7." so I listed mine. When you add them there is an option to add opening times. I will contact Ravetracer for clarification.
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Hi there!
I've just got your mail, adarchy ;-).

There's no requirement to add and list a public bookcase or OBCZ on openbookcase.org.
The text in the FAQ sounds wrong, ACK! I'll change it to prevent confusion in the future.

I've developed the project from start to the current state on my own, so maybe some texts are not, what they should mean, because I wrote them between coding, designing and so on ;-).

I'm very pleased, if I get some help from people like you, if something on the site is wrong or confusing. You raise the quality of the project!

Thank you,
Christian
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Ah, I forgot to answer some other questions of your mail:

1. "Type of case"
The type of case should describe, what users find, when they're reaching the case. An old phone box, a regular shelf or individual build cases like the "BOKX" ones for that special purpose (http://blog.openbokx.de/). So, it's just a bit more detailed description.

2. "Star rating"
I've added the star rating so users can rate the quality of the case, the environment or whatever. I think an additional comment to the rating could be useful... I have to think about it.

3. "Givebox"
I don't know, if Giveboxes are known only in Germany, but it's obviously the case. Mhh.
Giveboxes can be from small boxes to big cases or even stores, where people drop things, they don't need anymore. It can be anything from books to electric tools, toys or whatever. Unfortunately it happens, that some people drop their trash in these boxes, but mostly it's ok.
A "Givebox" is something like a public book case, but for everything you can imagine.

Best regards,
Christian
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One last thing ;-)..

I'm sorry, that the FAQ is a bit outdated, especially in the "Adding a new bookcase" section. I'll fix this as soon as possible!

Regards,
Christian
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Thank you for all your responses. One more question from me. Is the BookCrossing Zone indicator intended to be used just when it is an Official BookCrossing Zone (OBCZ) or when it is a regular zone where maybe just one book has been released?
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Thank you for all your responses. One more question from me. Is the BookCrossing Zone indicator intended to be used just when it is an Official BookCrossing Zone (OBCZ) or when it is a regular zone where maybe just one book has been released?


This indicator is intended to set, if bookcrossers use this location less or more regularly for releasing books. I wouldn't mark a book case, if only one book was released there once, imho.

A filter function is also planned, so it's possible to filter the entries by their attributes. I hope, it can be implemented soon.

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This indicator is intended to set, if bookcrossers use this location less or more regularly for releasing books.

Still, it doesn't have to be an OBCZ for that to happen. I wonder if a separate OBCZ flag would be worthwhile...
I understand that whether something is or isn't an OBCZ does not mean a whole lot to anyone outside of BookCrossing members, but still. There's a lot of us.
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to let you know that Tim Spalding at LibraryThing is up for my idea of getting LT membership to work on adding venues to LT Local at some point this coming year. That would make using the iPhone app Readar much better for locating all sorts of "little libraries", including OBCZs, LFs, book boxes, etc. I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

http://www.librarything.com/---/183756#4941055

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Is there an Android version of the app?

And thanks so much Ardachy and Ravetracer for clarifying about the 24/7 issue. I will definitely go and add my OBCZs as well as the LFLs in my area when I have a chance.
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Is there an Android version of the app?


No Android version of Readar is available yet.
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LibraryThing now has well over 4000 little libraries listed and http://openbookcase.org has over 2000. The latter could clearly do with a volunteer to list a few more shelves in North America if anyone is interested.
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Hi ardachy,

I contacted the official LFL operators, if we can share information between the projects, but they disagreed because of their legal terms. They promised their users not to give away the data.
Also I think, it would be the same with LibraryThing. I assume, they see OpenBookCase as a competing project, but it's not. I just want to help find public book cases or shelfes, nothing more, nothing less. Also I put in my own money and free time to provide an ad-free and payment free service for all. Unfortunately this hasn't reached in their minds 😟.

If I would have access to a service, which can automatically read the data from the other projects, nobody has to transfer the data manually. But currently this is the only way how OpenBookCase can be filled with data.
As long as I haven't any granted access to such service, I can't do this automatically.
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I understand that which is why I suggested a volunteer might like to input some information for North America as I have for the UK. I think LibraryThing had the same response as you from the LFL operators so the LT list is also gathered by volunteers. They could do with volunteers to input information for Eastern Europe as you have far more listed there. It may be worth you speaking Tim Spalding at LT to see if it is practical to exchange the public information automatically without compromising any confidential data.
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hi, i created yesterday a new obcz at the corner of my street...a shelf with just 2 books for the moment. my account is viagigia. how can i become an official booking cross zone? i think that at the moment i m just a release point..thanks. i can manage and register at my home all the books that people leave there.... the shelf is on the francigena route
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how can i become an official booking cross zone?

You are an official BookCrossing zone now! I've never heard of booking cross... :-)
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Another one

I'm not on LibraryThing, so if someone could add this additional OBCZ I'd be very grateful :)

Mr Creaton Coffee Shop
Arrow Valley Countryside Centre
Arrow Valley Park
Redditch
B98 0LJ

Website: http://www.arrow-valley.co.uk/
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if someone could add this additional OBCZ I'd be very grateful


Done!
http://www.librarything.com/---/107652



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