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December 30, 2004
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Police identify Dan Clune's body - BookCrossing mourns loss of lead programmer

On Thursday, December 23, our worst fears were realized with news that sheriff's officials positively identified a body pulled from the Pend Oreille River in Dover as that belonging to our lead programmer, Dan Clune.

The entire BookCrossing community extends heartfelt sympathy to Danny's family and those who loved him. Danny's funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 11:00 AM at Saint Peter's Church, located at 406 Forman Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742.

Dan's family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Surfrider Foundation in Danny's name. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. Dan loved to surf and was a member of this foundation for years.

  • to donate online with a credit card, click here: DAN CLUNE MEMORIAL FUND
  • to donate by check, write "Dan Clune Fund" in the memo and mail to:
      The Surfrider Foundation
      P.O. Box 6010
      San Clemente, CA 92674-6010

Early Bird Special almost over for 2005 BC Convention in Fort Worth

If you send in your registration for the 2005 Bookcrossing Convention in Fort Worth postmarked BEFORE January 1, 2005, you will be entered into a prize drawing to be held the first night of the Convention. The convention will be held on April 14-17, 2005, in Fort Worth Texas. Don't miss your chance for this special opportunity! For more information, PM First-Noel or visit the convention website.

German Support Site relaunched

Thanks to the efforts of Wyando, The German Support Site has recently been relaunched. This site contains all information for the German-speaking Bookcrossers. While a great number of German Bookcrossers know English, it is undeniably easier for them to wander the site in their native language. Now, the German support site now does look like the original one (including a plaintext version). There are also three different entry points, all of them pointing to the same site: one for Germany, one for Switzerland, and one for Austria. There is also a revision of the English version of the German Mirror site. In this section you will find some translated parts of the German support site, which could be of interest to English speaking Bookcrossers who travel to Germany. There is also a list of German meetups. OBCZs, logos, flyers, labels and lots of other information. Thank you Wyando! Now all we need is the plane ticket to visit.


A Bookcrossing Stealth Mission
by bookczuk

Ever play word association? Say “Netstation” around my home and you'll get a slew of responses: “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” guy, quiz master, Sir Steve of Bookcrossing, barmy Brit who sent 30 pounds (2.2 pounds in a kg- you work it out!) of books across the Atlantic, “nice boy” (from bumma, my 83 year old bookcrossing mother), to state a few. His profile says: “Why am I here? Firstly, I'm a book lover, and secondly I have many thousands of books (two to three thousand, I think!) which I would dearly love to share with others who may enjoy them as I have.” Mention Netstation in the forums and the accolades flow....

[read it all at]

It's never easy letting go.
by Stone-Junction

Boy, it’s tough to watch your loved ones leave the nest....

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From the French MégaBookCrossing to the Dutch/German Euregio-Treffen
by qualsevolnit

Many regions claim to be the Heart of Europe. Personally, I would support the candidature of Luxembourg. Two of the main European traditions, French and German, have melted to produce a unique synthesis in this country, which was founded by the Romans, was also under Spanish rule and had its main historical character, the Great Duchess Charlotte, living in London during a crucial period of history. Today, it hosts a significant number of European Union institutions, as well as ex-pats from all European countries. Unfortunately, when it comes to BookCrossing, this heart is not beating very strongly. To counterbalance this handicap, it takes advantage from another of its European characteristics: it is near everything. The logical consequence of this proximity was that all Luxembourg bookcrossers were invited to the MégaBookCrossing to be held in Strasbourg as well as to the Euregio-Treffen to be held in Maastricht. It was actually possible to participate in both, as they took place in two different Saturdays. The idea was to make books travel, but it is sometimes necessary to move with them....

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A thank you to all my helpers so far.
by Debbie Robson (lakelady2282)

In December last year, an exciting thing happened to me. I discovered bookcrossing and the concept intrigued me. Firstly here was something so full of serendipity that I was immediately attracted to the idea. Within a day I was saying to my friends, “This is so me!” Within a few days of browsing the site, I realized something else. It was a novel. ...

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Paying forward those random acts of kindness
by peaceangel

A wet day in Dublin, and the friendly Irish spirit emerges triumphant from the mist of what could have been a miserable journey home, with Random Acts of Kindness leap-frogging all the way there!...

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Six months later - a perspective on how I got from 'there' to 'here'
by Lynn Nicholas (hotflash)

It is mid-June 2004, and I am tearing through my bookshelves madly registering almost every book I own. I am possessed. I am frenzied. I am rapidly morphing from a quiet book-reading, cat-and-home caretaker, into a wild-eyed, all-night-at-the-keyboard, newly hatched Internet geek. I am scaring my husband. I am worrying my friends. I have just discovered a fabulous web site (How has it escaped my attention for so long?), and I want to be part of it, NOW. I am joyously giving away books--trading, releasing, sharing--and I am recklessly chatting up storm with total strangers from around the world. It is June 2004. I am becoming a BOOKCROSSER, and life will never be the same. ...

[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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Wild books released by our members are being caught all over the world, every day! Our site watch forum is where members post news of great wild book catches. Here are some of the best from the last few days...

First release caught!
by mrsjones

Two wild catches, three wild releases, two art galleries, travelling...
by Skyring

"I enjoyed the experience of finding the book ...
by Netstation

NOT "too good to be true"!
by mojosmom

Dave Barry nearly provokes sex scandal in Coventry.
by bookczuk

"Good luck, little book.." Wisconsin/Arizona/Fiji

"I bought it only because of the Book Crossing plate"
by mojosmom

An international kind of day
by mojosmom

Terrible "airline" experience
by MaryZee

"I was smiling all the way down the mall."
by mojosmom


Stuck in a bookcrossing rut? Seeking guidance for your next wild book release safari? Here are some fresh ideas posted by members in our Release Challenges forum to whet your adventure appetite. And if you can think of other timely or unique challenges, post them to the forum and you may see them here in the next newsletter!

The Eccentrics' Release Challenge
by lucybrown

Start preparing for a January 2005 "Winter Wonderland" Release Challenge!
by Antof9

My Personal January Birthday Classics Challenge - would you like to join in???
by LyzzyBee

The Ultimate Challenge
by cambridgelass

Challenge for 2005, anyone want to join me ?
by BreakEveryRule


Our forums offer hundreds of new topics each day. Here are a few recent ones you don't want to miss... jump right into the conversations!

See the pics of our Xmas-Meetup in Vienna
started by Vargas in Announcements

Wow - some of the people here amaze me!
started by jmg49 in Book Talk

How has bookcrossing changed?
started by blushamour in Chit-Chat

Your most successful release locations?
started by Jaremeister in Release Techniques

The Dan I knew
started by Reno in Announcements

Whats your best book read this year?
started by Lindlec in Book Talk

And now: Announcing the New Zealand Convention, Easter 2005
started by FutureCat in Conventions and Meetings

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