Ok, where to start?
1. I am a native speaker of Esperanto.
2. A short article about the different periods of Esperanto literature may be found at an Esperanto language blog (written in English): http://www.transparent.com/---/five-periods-of-esperanto-literature/ (Normally I prefer to present Esperanto music - a topic I know much better and which ist something consumable without knowing the language - but here at Bookcrossing it seemed more useful to mention books.)
But let's get back to the original topic. I think the real question was what possible use cases exist for a forum in Esperanto.
Some things that happened to me:
1. Only by chance I found out that another Bookcrosser (here: Lutecia) would attend the same Esperanto congress like me. There was a possibility to present different hobbies and causes - and she brought a Bookcrossing box with her! Although everything went fine, I think we could have done more if we had known before we both were Bookcrossing members.
2. I heard about quite a few other Esperanto speakers here but it was extremely difficult for me to find them. Without someone telling me their nicknames, I'd even say nearly impossible.
3. For future meetings, it will be very practical to ask in advance who will be there. This way, people from different parts of the world can come together and exchange their books. Also, this is an excellent opportunity to further promote Bookcrossing among Esperanto speakers.
(Mi ĉesos la Esperanto-tradukojn ĉi tie; mi antaŭvidas penan laboron jam sen tio!)
Hello Kunar :)
<2. I heard about quite a few other Esperanto speakers here but it was extremely difficult for me to find them. Without someone telling me their nicknames, I'd even say nearly impossible.>
Not so Kunar; in fact, it would be very easy :)
Simply go to this threadhttp://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5
And this threadhttp://www.bookcrossing.com/---/33
and all the different language forums here (you could post in Esperanto in the different language forums; all the Esperanto speakers in the different language forums would immediately recognise your post).
And post in English (or Esperanto in the different language forums) something like...
"Any Esperanto speakers here? Are you an Esperanto speaker? Do you know of any bookcrossers who are Esperanto speakers? If so, please send me a PM so we can make contact", or words to that effect :)
Good luck, and I hope you get many, many replies :):):):):)
Edit to add: Hello again Kunar :)
You also posted
<1. I am a native speaker of Esperanto.>
But this is only because your *parents* made it so; Esperanto may be your first language, but it isn't the language of your culture. Your schooling didn't occur in
Esperanto, the signs on the street you live in aren't in Esperanto, the bus tickets you use aren't printed in Esperanto, the menus in your wonderful restaurants aren't printed in Esperanto...
Your aim is laudable; who knows what wonderful benefits may accrue if Esperanto were to become the common language of the World?
There simply aren't enough Esperanto speaking bookcrossers Worldwide to warrant its inclusion as a language forum here in bookcrossing.
Sad, but true.