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A beginner's question : LFL and /or OBCZ

I'm about to start a LFL in the neighborhood where I live (in Lisbon, Portugal) and I think it is useful to make an official record ... allowing online tracking of released and captured books. But having doubts ...

I wonder, from your experience, what is the point in turning a LFL also in a OBCZ. Or, rather, register as OBCZ to a typical structure of LFL (small content of 30-40 books, preferential binding to neighbors)?

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I'm about to start a LFL in the neighborhood where I live (in Lisbon, Portugal) and I think it is useful to make an official record ... allowing online tracking of released and captured books. But having doubts ...

I wonder, from your experience, what is the point in turning a LFL also in a OBCZ. Or, rather, register as OBCZ to a typical structure of LFL (small content of 30-40 books, preferential binding to neighbors)?
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It does not have an account of its own, but it does have a release zone that's designated as an OBCZ. This makes it always visible on Go Hunting, even with no recent releases, and so it's easier to find, especially for other BookCrossing members.

But there is nothing wrong with keeping it as a normal release zone, if you prefer that. If there are no other BookCrossing members nearby, it won't make that much of a difference.
With or without making it into an OBCZ, you can still use BookCrossing to track releases and catches, and follow your books as they travel on.

I don't understand "preferential binding to neighbors". What does that mean?
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I don't know if this is the right place in the forum to talk about this theme , so I'm really Glad you've answered. Thank You!

"Preferential binding to neighbors" means that most users and collaborators will be (at least at the beginning) people who live in the neighborhood i.e. will also be a socializing space through books, online and offline.

On the other hand, It's in a public garden (includes children's play area, sports areas and cultural activities of the parish council). Thus I will improvise and try to integrate the books in these moments of leisure. An example, on a Sunday when there is yoga class or football game, I can look for some thematic books or just find out what people would like to read (via guestbook or facebook eg)

Well .. I do not need any registration to move forward .. but I understand now that a OBCZ may allow better control of the available books at any given time and attract my BKer friends or create new BKers.

Also, I see no advantage in registration in the LFL site (but really, I do not know how it works). The city council responsible would like me to Identify a bookcase filiation( which is provided by the LFL register ). Perhaps a OBCZ can also provide a registration ID ... or ...I'll just call it LFL and show a BK poster. May be it's a minor issue.

In any case going forward. I'll find out how it works and enjoy myself a little. And still, some of this books will continue to be liberated in the wild.

Thank you again.

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I see no advantage in registration in the LFL site


I would definitely recommend registering your LFL with the official organization. It's just a one-time fee for which you get an official sign with your own charter number. You will also get a small starter kit. It identifies you as an official member of this worldwide organization. You, as a LFL steward, would then be eligible to join the LFL stewards' Facebook page where we share many useful thoughts and ideas. In addition, your LFL would be placed on the LFL website map:
http://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

Information about LFL registration can be found here:
http://littlefreelibrary.org/registeryourlibrary/
http://littlefreelibrary.org/registration-process/

Le me know if you have any other questions.
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I would definitely recommend registering your LFL with the official organization.


In contrast with this: I haven't, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

I register all books that are donated. I 'deface' them with pretty and eye-catching labels and stickers.

As they say, it takes all kinds!
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As they say, it takes all kinds!


I agree with you, Moem. I also don't mind if other BookCrossers label and stamp their books. I am only giving my point of view.
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When I began my Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) in July, 2013, I decided not to make my LFL into an OBCZ. I didn't want visitors to the LFL to not use it for fear of something which they did not understand (BookCrossing rules).

Quickly I changed my mind. As an avid and long-time Bookcrosser, something was definitely missing when I could not track books that were donated to me. I quickly started adding BCIDs to *all* incoming donations and had my Go Hunting Zone turned into an OBCZ. I never looked back!
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/733341

This is how I handle the fusion of LFL and BC myself:
1. I do not have literature about BookCrossing in the LFL itself, but I push BC *a lot* on my LFL's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/LittleFreeLibrary7720Twinbrook
2. I push BookCrossing *a lot* on the official LFL stewards' Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/---/littlefreelibraryofficial/
3. I only add BCID labels to incoming book and do not "deface" them with any others stamps or labels.
4. I assume that all incoming books are mine to do with as I want.

what is the point in turning a LFL also in a OBCZ?

The answer is...to track your books...as all Bookcrossers do! :D

Be aware that LFL books have a very low "catch" rate, although I have been able to get some LFL visitors to join BookCrossing. Of course, that always makes me very happy.

Be sure to log your new LFL (with a picture) onto this LT Local page of LibraryThing. It's a great marketing tool for your LFL and makes it super easy to find.
http://www.librarything.com/venue_edit.php
Click "Little Libraries", then click "Little Free Library". Add your information and then scroll to the bottom to click "Add venue".

Best of luck with your LFL adventures!
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Thank you for your practical tips. Some light is coming slowly to my mind ...

- Even if begin my LFL without any registration I'll add BCID numbers to *all* incoming donations ( except if they are already labelled) . Like this I can still use BookCrossing to track releases and catches, and follow books as they travel on (moem's idea).

- I'm trying to figure out how can I use any registration in practice and realized it's possible handle the fusion of LFL and BC , which I didn't know before ( I'll study Squeaky Chu's suggestion , which is detailed and evidently a fruit of his experience. Thank you again).

- OBCZ allows better control of the available books at any given time ( Go Hunting list ) . Wonder how it is in fact and what is needed to keep it actualized . And of course attracts BKer friends, creating some extra dynamic.

- LFL registering allows some kind of official identification as part of an worldwide organization and a different kind of social dynamic. More visibility... seems fruitful ... but in Portugal there is only one in Azores Island (I think) . May be the city council responsible would like that...

Well, well , I didn't even begin ... But I'm feeling good vibrations ( if you remember BeachBoys music you'l feel them too :)
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I'm feeling good vibrations

*sings*

Good, good, good, good vibrations!!!!!!!!!
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*sings*

Good, good, good, good vibrations!!!!!!!!!


Singing together with the BeachBoys ... what a nice and unexpected moment.

Thank you SqueakyChu and Moem for your support. Things are clearer in my mind...

As soon as I have a FB page of the LFL I'll let you know. May be will sing again:

good, good,good, goodvibrations!! :)

and may be some doubts will go by PM if it's okay to you

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*continues singing*

"Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations a happenin' with her"

may be some doubts will go by PM if it's okay to you

That's fine with me. :)
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what a nice and unexpected moment.

Welcome to BookCrossing! This is what we do.
:-D

I wish you much succes and fun with your book sharing location! May you infect many people with the reading bug.
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This is how I handle the fusion of LFL and BC myself:
1. I do not have literature about BookCrossing in the LFL itself, but I push BC *a lot* on my LFL's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/LittleFreeLibrary7720Twinbrook
2. I push BookCrossing *a lot* on the official LFL stewards' Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/---/littlefreelibraryofficial/
3. I only add BCID labels to incoming book and do not "deface" them with any others stamps or labels.
4. I assume that all incoming books are mine to do with as I want.


Good tips .Thanks to them will think again in simultaneous registration LFL / OBCZ .You may be sure I´ll study this and let you know about .

I don't see why not have literature about BookCrossing in the LFL itself.. Looks pretty good idea to have a BK poster even if LFL registered , since all books will have a BCID number and the inspiration is also (or mainly BC). I Think I'll use one of them anyway . I've already translated one in portuguese to have it printed soon...
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I don't see why not have literature about BookCrossing in the LFL itself


Mostly because of lack of more shelf space. I do have BookCrossing business cards on my LFL bookshelf. I pass along my BC business cards to visitors along with my LFL business cards. Two for the price of one...and they're both FREE. :)
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Well, I see that you're up and running now.

I see that you did get a LFL charter number. Good move!
See if you can get someone here at BookCrossing to make your LFL into an OBCZ on our Go Hunting page.

Congratulations on your launch!
https://www.facebook.com/Conchas-Little-Free-Library-32875-903831309710440/?...
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a new LFL/OBCZ /book sharing location ...is born in Lisbon. It's true you gave me here the information I needed at the right moment.

So you're nominated godfather and godmother of Conchas LFL :) And the hymn we will sing at first anniversary is.... Good Vibrations from the Beach Boys....
Hope you'll visit and participate at the Facebook page. It's the first in Lisbon and still needing your participation. You know...SqueakyChu is already popular between Concha's friends ;)

And if you come to Portugal we will be happy to meet you all...
( azuki already did it ...)
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Well, I see that you're up and running now.

I see that you did get a LFL charter number. Good move!
See if you can get someone here at BookCrossing to make your LFL into an OBCZ on our Go Hunting page.

Congratulations on your launch!
https://www.facebook.com/Conchas-Little-Free-Library-32875-903831309710440/?...


I've already sent the request to BC support. Thank You .
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And read these messages, reading you send a request to BC support.

I couldn't resist and marked the zone:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/117241

Nice to see so many books released.

Happy BookCrossing to all!
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Thank You all! Book Crossing really works! In its first week my "seven dwarfs" house of Conchas in Lumiar, Lisbon, Portugal, became official LFL and also a OBCZ. Now I know I can count on you and learn here practical issues . I can show now the Go Hunting page in my facebook page in which I invite you all to participate.

I'm having fun and still in the beginning.
Thank you again, and I think I'll come now and then to this page with a beginner's question. There's no doubt they're fruitful. And I Have many.....

listening fireworks :)
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May you have many catches!
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Hurray!! :)
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I hadn't even thought of making my LFL also a OBCZ. BTW, it launches this week. EEK!
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I hadn't even thought of making my LFL also a OBCZ. BTW, it launches this week. EEK!

Wow! Please let me know how it goes! :)
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Wow! Please let me know how it goes! :)


I'm LOVING it!
https://www.instagram.com/nadolfl/
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I'm LOVING it!

It 's beautiful. Good Luck.
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Wow! Please let me know how it goes! :)


I'm LOVING it!
https://www.instagram.com/nadolfl/


That is one gorgeous LFL! I dream of having a LFL of my own.

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