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At least two cafes in Eastbourne have book exchange shelves which I use quite frequently. They are Beanzz Coffee in Grove Road by the Library and Central Eating in Terminus Road at the Seafront end. I keep hoping another Bookcrosser will discover them and leave a book or two there ... hopefully soon!


I have added them to the LT directory http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?... so that I can find them if I go to Eastbourne and it might help others too.

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This weekend, I am staying at a Best Western Plus. I been at the hotel before so I know they have a nightstand (well, a very small book shelve) where people can pick up a book to read while they are staying at the hotel. I am planning on leaving two books (one on the nightstand on the second floor and another one on the nightstand on the third floor).

Has anybody left a book at a location like that before? How did it work out?

This is really the first time I am releasing a book in a while.
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This is the last release I did at a hotel http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12381937/ as you will see it has not been journaled yet.

I have released loads of books at other businesses that maintain book shelves and this is my last catch http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12294989

Whilst I have had many catches from such releases the catch rate is not that great (about 1 in 20) compared to wild releasing outdoors on park benches etc which tends to be much better (1 in 4). If you want a really good catch rate of say 1 in 3 then you need to leave books in unusual places like the tops of mountains.
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Impressive!
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Your catch rate is 1 in 4!?

That's about mine too.
Released in the wild: 237
Wild releases journalled: 72

I mostly leave them outside in the wild. My rare attempt at bookshelves has not been successful, although I have found BC books on shelves.
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I do love park benches - but recently I've started using Little Free Libraries. Catch rate is not higher tho. If anything - it's lower. I don't think I've EVER gotten a catch from a LFL.
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My only catches from LFLs have been from fellow BXers, but I keep releasing books in Little Free Libraries in the hopes that I will get some new people to register at Bookcrossing!
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I stayed at a hotel in Lafayette Indiana that had a take one/leave one shelf. I found myself wishing I had brought a lot of books to release! Here's what I left
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4175965/
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A few years ago I stayed at a hotel near Heathrow Airport that had a bookshelf in the main foyer. There were only a few books (I suspect they were books collected by Housekeeping after they were left in rooms by departing guests) and they were asking for a donation to charity if you took one. I left two books but am still waiting to hear from them.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7340769/
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7342920/
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It's funny that the three replies in the thread so far have been from people who left books at book exchanges/shelves in Holiday Inns.

I wonder if it's a "Holiday Inn thing" to have a book swap shelf?
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I thought this was going to be a thread about convincing businesses to start such a shelf - that would be a good "activists" topic! The question about existing swap-shelves is more of a Release Techniques topic, though the "activist" aspect of it might include talking to the hotel staff to find out whether it's OK to leave BC books there, with the expectation that people might take them away with them.

I have released a few books at such bookshelves in hotels or sports-and-fitness clubs, but have had very few catches from them. Still, it's one option for a nice, safe, indoor release spot, and those can be good to have when the weather's as nasty as it's been lately {wry grin}.
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Good idea.

I can't remember which one but one of the hotel chains in the US have an exchange program where they have copies of newer paperbacks. I spoke with managers at two of them and they both encouraged me to take books and register them on BC. Also to return them to be released again from their shelves and to wild release any of my own books.
I'll see if I can find which chain it is.
EDIT: Finally found it. It is Country Inn & Suites.
Here is one link. I don't think they promote it well at all.
http://www.smokymountainresorts.travel/---/bookit.php


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At least two cafes in Eastbourne have book exchange shelves which I use quite frequently. They are Beanzz Coffee in Grove Road by the Library and Central Eating in Terminus Road at the Seafront end. I keep hoping another Bookcrosser will discover them and leave a book or two there ... hopefully soon!
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At least two cafes in Eastbourne have book exchange shelves which I use quite frequently. They are Beanzz Coffee in Grove Road by the Library and Central Eating in Terminus Road at the Seafront end. I keep hoping another Bookcrosser will discover them and leave a book or two there ... hopefully soon!


I have added them to the LT directory http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?... so that I can find them if I go to Eastbourne and it might help others too.
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I just finished "The Wife's Tale" by Lori Lansens. I was delighted when the central character finds out about BookCrossing through a book she picks up in the hotel she is staying at.

At the front desk, where she asks about it, she is told that BookCrossers oftern use this shelf to drop books. YAY!
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Wow, that's fun. :)
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bookshelves

I know that the Vondelpark Youth Hostel in Amsterdam has a specific bookcrossing bookshelf (or at least a designated part of the bookshelf!!). I left a book there last time I stayed (2 - 3 years ago?). I noticed the book got taken but it never got journalled...!
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I have left books at the Residence Inn by Marriott on St. Joseph St in New Orleans. I had one catch.

I am glad to read that Country Inn and Suites has shelves for trading. There is a CI&S in my town. When I am able to drive again (I had knee surgery), I'll drive by and talk to them about my releasing books there.

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