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Starbucks + BookCrossing = Match Made in Heaven?

I'd like to get some feedback on a potential Starbucks partnership. Seems like a natural one - to have a little BookCrossing Zone in each Starbucks where people can take a book and leave a book. We need some help by such a corporate giant to grow quickly, but are there other companies we should consider approaching?

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I'd like to get some feedback on a potential Starbucks partnership. Seems like a natural one - to have a little BookCrossing Zone in each Starbucks where people can take a book and leave a book. We need some help by such a corporate giant to grow quickly, but are there other companies we should consider approaching?
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Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I think you should give BookCrossing some time to grow. There are only 4,000 members as I write this, but as released books change hands and as people tell their friends (and as media coverage is encouraged), awareness will increase at a rapidly increasing rate. I predict that in short order, individual operators of many of these coffeee shops/cafes/etc. where people often read, will probably set up "BookCrossing.com" areas without any sort of formal partnership. It seems to me that this preferable to littering the site with ads. Awareness will grow. Of course, if I'm wrong, and in a year, this isn't the phenomenon I think it must become, then by all means, partner.
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Nice to hear encouraging words like that, Odin. At the current rate of 60 or so new members/day, we're expecting approx 21,000 new members/year assuming growth stays flat. But growth tends to be exponential once critical mass is reached, assuming the idea is buzz-worthy. I hope you're right, and 12 months from now we have no need for a Starbucks partnership or any other partnership to reach that magic mass.
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Any suggestions on approaching local coffee shops and bookstores about setting up crossing zones? Did I see something about the availability of posters/racks etc? I would be happy to get to work in my area trying to get some involvement. There are 2 of us currently releasing books and no one has responded yet. There are about 25 books released in Fort Collins, but not a single response! Frustrating, but makes me all the more determined!
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Reno; Initially, I didn't think the "Starbucks" idea was so good as I thought it detracted from the randomness and creativity of the BC concept but,on second thought, it has the appeal of spreading the word about BC quickly while allowing members to continue to release their books into the wild.
I say let's give it a try.
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I agree...I think coffee shops in general are good....maybe try with some other larger chains too (Seattle's Best, etc.)? And local, independent shops might be happy to have an area or box....although both the ones here are attached to bookstores, so I'm not sure they would be willing!
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I really like that idea---especially since I released one of my books at a Starbucks. One Starbucks here in Albuquerque (on Jefferson, near the Journal/Tribune Center) seemed to have a bookshelf where people have left books! That would be great if they had a sign on that bookshelf regarding Bookcrossing.com!! Starbucks would be a great company to work with because I very often see people at Starbucks reading while enjoying their coffee! Another great coffee shop is Barney's, although they only seem to have those in malls (at least here).

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