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July 1, 2004
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Bookplate Art Auction at eBay!
Remember the 4th-edition Forgotten Lore bookplate labels? The original 6.5"x5.5" gouache on Arches watercolor paper by artist Tess Garman is currently being auctioned on eBay, with the proceeds to go to help support BookCrossing. It's a NO RESERVE auction starting at only $1, so someone will definitely get it 5 days from now, maybe at a great price. If you're an art collector, or just want to help BookCrossing in a big way, head on over and place a bid... I'll announce the winner in the next newsletter:

Forgotten Lore auction

The Poultry in Motion auction announced in our last newsletter was won by BoleroGirl from Australia for $331.99 - thanks to all the bidders for your support!

Kansas City Library to hold First Annual Teen BookCrossing Party
The Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri, will be throwing quite an event for the city's teens and young adults on Saturday, July 17, 2004. Since the library is very close to where I live, I'll be joining the fun with a little presentation of my own, but Children's Librarian Stephanie Iser is doing most of the work.

Stephanie could use your help in two ways:

  1. If you're a local (to Kansas City) BookCrosser, she'd really appreciate your help in organizing/brainstorming the event. Contact her by Private Messaging from her bookshelf (screenname kc-library-ys) or call (816)701-3400 x4280.
  2. If you have some teen or young-adult books you could spare, please ship them to Stephanie so they arrive prior to July 17:
    Stephanie Iser (Youth Services)
    Central Library
    14 W. 10th St
    Kansas City, MO 64105
If you're anywhere close to Kansas City, and you'd like to come join us and say "howdy" to me in person, please do so! All ages are welcome at the event, and it is free of cost. More details here:


"You want me to switch phone companies?? Are you crazy?"

This is inarguably one of the most commonly heard phrases in the phone-company-switching world. Put plainly, enduring the process of changing phone companies is a drag.

Until now.

Telphonic Communications recognized the need for a friendly, down-to-earth, PAINLESS low-cost, phone service and no-cost switching:

Take a peek at these top 10 reasons why Telphonic Rocks!

  1. 24x7x365 incredibly low rates with NO time of day or weekend restrictions! (Check these per minute rates for instance: USA Domestic Interstate .04, Canada .05, UK .06, Asia .06, Europe .06, Mexico, .06, India .13, etc.)
  2. NO switching fee charge. Telphonic pays it for you!
  3. Absolutely NO term commitments, NO cancellation penalties, NO minimum usage, NO monthly service fees.
  4. Experience a LIVING, BREATHING, HUMAN BEING when you call in. No more hurling random expletives at the computer on the other end of the line.
  5. Always know where your money is going—no hidden fees.
  6. NO advance payment and no need for a credit card.
  7. NO pre-access numbers to dial before making a call.
  8. You will never have to pay higher rates for Super Bowl ads, corporate jets or fancy golf tournament sponsorships that you don't get to use or go to.
  9. Telphonic isn't a calling card—you can dial direct anywhere in the world.
  10. And finally, it's a painless way to support BookCrossing: Telphonic will donate 10% of your long-distance bill to the site, AND you'll will get Wings for as long as you continue to use the service.
This is a no-brainer. If you're still a bit apprehensive about the dreadfully daunting prospect of a Great Big Oh-So-Scary Phone Switch, know this: BookCrossing founders, Ron, Bruce, and Heather have been using Telphonic personally at their homes for months now, and couldn't be happier with the service. If you sign up via, we believe you'll never regret it! Go ahead, click on the link to start the painless switch NOW or call Telphonic directly at 800-717-5802! This is one time where, it is TOO GOOD and it is TRUE!


How to BookCross Without Getting Out of Your Car!
by Yvonne (yvi-1)

I have to say, really, that I am a bit lazy. I can say it's the heat or my foot or the job I do, but at the end end of the day, it all comes down to laziness. I love to release books. I do, I do. But I really enjoy releasing books while never getting out of my car or for that matter turning the car engine off. So for those you of you aspiring to reach the pinnacle of laziness, here are some release spots and ideas....

[read it all at]


by Bob Smith (Libertarian)

I've claimed many times that individual people are essentially good and caring, who work, play, and coexist with each other peacefully every day. The essential point is that government force is not required to coerce us into "taking care of each other". In fact, adding coercion to any desired result is far less effective than simply "allowing it to happen". I've also written in defense of corporations, in response to the many leftists who portray them as inhuman, heartless, and greedy....

[read it all at]

How Books Touch Lives in Ways We'll Never Know
by Red-woman (Red-woman)

Nineteen years ago, I graduated from high school, eager to ditch my parents and commence with some "real" learning. Like many graduates, I received numerous gifts from friends and family. Only one of those gifts ended up being a real stand-out. Since this is a BookCrossing article, you might even guess what it was....

[read it all at]

Making it in the Wild
by Shenna (tank34mom)

Oh to say goodbye!! It was sad and oh so bittersweet. I was letting it go... at a gas station no less. I felt torn, after all this was my first time and to simply leave such a loved one outside, alone, to face the elements. It was rough. Everyday I checked to see if anyone had found my 'orphan', I spent hours on the site waiting anxiously, hoping someone would find it and love it as much as I did. ...

[read it all at]

An interaction in one scene
by Carol Elaine Cyr (ordgddss)

It’s a quiet, beautiful day in the park. During her lunch hour a young lady strolls past a deserted park bench when:...

[read it all at]

Allowing yourself to take a break or even say goodbye
by Vysion

If you are someone who has been around Bookcrossing as it has grown these last 3+ years, you might have felt this way. You may feel lost in all the changes as new members arrive and displace some of the earliest users, whether in book count, releases, popularity or forum posts. You may even decide to "quit" Bookcrossing. **GASP** ...

[read it all at]


Want to write for BookCrossing? If your article is accepted, you could see it featured here in the next newsletter. What topics do we need? Anything about books, reading, or BookCrossing — tutorials, release and catch stories, well-traveled book stories, funny BookCrossing experience stories — you get the idea. Write it up, then submit it here:


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SHOCK! HORROR! Cars Bare All!
It may be a new international phenomenon, or it may just be me, but has anyone noticed anything strange about vehicular travel these days? I certainly have - some of the cars running around out there look positively naked! It's embarrassing! Some are new, some are old, and some are downright ancient, but there are hundreds upon thousands of automobiles traversing about that aren't wearing anything but a license plate... and the majority of them don't seem particularly concerned about it, either! I shake my head at the condition of the world these days. There are, however, at least a few respectable vehicles out there that have enough modesty to sport decals and bumper stickers; I've even seen some with flags and little objects attached to the antennae. It is this small selection of the world of motor transportation that proves to me that there is even a speck of decency left in our universe… but what's this you're saying? Your car, in addition, follows the ranks of those who care to bare all? Then I think it's definitely time you head on over to the BookCrossing Store and purchase one of our chic Window Clingies:

Window clingies...
All the latest Parisian fashion autos are wearing them down the runway, and approval is high amongst the designers of Milan. But these little beauties offer more than just style. They are very functional, too. Unlike regular bumper stickers, they aren't permanent and don't leave behind icky, gooey, suspicious-looking substances that don't come off. Just wet the back and slap it on a window - voila! Instant cheerfulness with instant ease. Whether you drive a golf cart or a semi truck, a rickshaw or a limousine, tell the world about your BookCrossing pride with this top-of-the-line vehicular apparel!

BC Stickers... Our new Tiny BookCrossing Stickers have been a huge hit, and for good reason! These little chaps are about as versatile as they get. They work well as a handy, last-minute, put-it-anywhere decoration, as a means of quickly organizing and identifying your BookCrossed books on the shelf, as envelope sealers or a great way to cheer up letters, or gifts. Get creative, and go wild with these darlings! Only $4.95 for a roll of 100.

BC 2004 Convention t-shirts... Everyone who attended the 2004 BookCrossing Convention remembers what a wonderful time was had by all... but come on, do memories really last? Of course not. We all get old and grey and constantly misplace our mittens... or were they matchsticks that you were looking for...? At any rate, if you’re concerned about letting the wonderful experience of the First Annual BC Convention slip into oblivion in the depths of your mind, fear not. A simple solution to this issue is to buy a Convention T-Shirt! Yes, we are now selling a VERY, VERY limited supply of these cherished mementos for the discounted price of $9.95. These are going to be gone before you can say "dancing elephants eating peanut butter," so I would suggest purchasing one AT ONCE. In the blink of an eye these are going to be vintage and selling big-time on ebay... and if you don’t want to sell, you can wear it any and everywhere (this baby would be positively breathtaking at a black-tie event – wear one with a black tie!) and never forget your mittens again. Wait, wait, I mean you’ll never misplace your insect repellant again... oh, blast. Where did I put my car keys???

Caps on sale... Last minute Supply Store news - our Caps have a new lower price of $14.95!

Are you an artist? If you'd like your art to be featured on a future Bookplate series, please contact us at In exchange for the considerable exposure you'll get here and in the future on those 50,000 traveling books, we ask for only the original artwork, which we'll auction to further help support BookCrossing.


This Sunday we celebrate July 4th, or Independence Day, here in the States. Our BookCrossing friends in the UK also celebrate July 4th, or Thank Goodness They're Gone Day. And the rest of you blithely slide through yet another Sunday without much concern. But let's keep this one non-political and do an SSM based simply on independence, something to which all oppressed books should aspire. Pick one or more lucky literary prisoners from your bookshelf jail and let them go thusly...

Your SSM27 Assignment:

  • RELEASE ZONE: Anywhere.
  • RELEASE METHOD: Pick a book, release zone or release method that symbolizes the concept of "independence" for you.
  • RELEASE TIME: This Sunday, July 4, 2004.

The 10 Rules of Sunday Sunset Missions:

  1. Don't talk about SSMs!
  2. Don't talk about SSMs! (you need to read or see Fight Club for that to make sense)
  3. Be on time! You can get the exact sunset time from
  4. Label the books properly. At the minimum, this means a sticky-note on the outside making it clear that the book is FREE and NOT LOST (don't write anything on the outside to cause others alarm!), and a good, descriptive label inside the cover explaining BookCrossing and including the BCID for the book.
  5. If possible, choose a book with content appropriate to the release location.
  6. If possible, print out one of the press articles from and include it with the book (the Utne Reader or Reader's Digest articles work well).
  7. Take pictures! Those of you with digital cameras, try to take a picture of the release zone with books, upload it with your journal entry, and make a post with the journal entry link in the SSM forum at
  8. Be safe! Use your common sense, and don't do anything to endanger persons or property.
  9. Pay attention to the media the following day or two, try to note any mention of the SSM, and post such mentions to the SSM forum.
  10. And finally, have fun!

As always, Happy Crossing!

Ron Hornbaker
Founder and Editor,

click for larger versionps. Seems many of you chose to ignore my instructions to ignore my birthday last Thursday. As I was fighting a cold all week, and then had my high-speed internet down for three days, I really appreciated all the nice cards and gifts. This picture is the collective evidence of your crime (click it for the closeup view). I loved everything, especially The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994 two-volume set from solittletime, which is just so, so cool to one of the biggest Larson fans of all time. Thank you, everyone!

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