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April 20, 2005
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Give BookCrossing your Thumbs Up through the Webby Awards

Just a little reminder that BookCrossing was nominated for a Webby Award in both the Community and the Social/Networking categories. Winners will be announced May 3rd, then will be honored at a gala celebration on June 6th at Gotham Hall in New York City.

You can help us win! If you think deserves a Webby award in one or both of those categories, please take a few minutes right now to put in your vote(s) for the People's Voice awards:


then let us know the current vote count in this forum thread. Thank you!

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, it's Ballycumber!

Our Running Book has a name! Ballycumber C. Bookcrossing! Taken from the term coined by Douglas Adams, a truly remarkable author of many books, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ballycumber (n) refers to "one of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed." Douglas Adams died in May 2001, only a few weeks after we launched the BookCrossing site, so we feel this a fitting tribute to this very famous author. And best of all? Ballycumber shortens to B.C., the nickname many of us have already attached to the little yellow guy.

Ballycumber is headed for some remarkable adventures in the future. We'll keep you posted as the plans become definite.

Many thanks to all who submitted suggestions for names. Each one was well thought out, and we had a hard time saying no to many. The Douglas Adams fan who submitted the name wishes to remain anonymous, and has donated the prize of wings for a year to another BookCrosser. So...if you find yourself suddenly flying, who knows? It could be a gift from Ballycumber!

Announcing the New Extreme Weather Release Kit!

What's better than our Extreme Release Kit? The new Extreme Weather Kit — Everything you need to release 100 books in all types of weather! Get 4 packs of bookplates (3 of our limited edition BookCrossing bookplates and a set of stock labels), bookmarks, sticky-notes, and release bags. Don a BC blue cap and a sunglasses lanyard to protect you in both the sunshine and rain, and don't let inclement weather steal your thunder!

Or, if you prefer, all items are also available separately at our Supply Store. While you're there, why not pick up a BookCrossing Tee Shirt to complete your ensemble?

Remember, your Supply Store purchase, gift certificate, donation or wings help finance the site and keep it free so you can free your books! Thanks for helping to keep Ballycumber running. BookCrossers are the best!

Something old, something new

The sun shone bright in Texas this past weekend where over 40 BookCrossers gathered in Fort Worth to meet, greet, BookCross, and have a rousing good time! Organizers First-Noel, Texas Wren and Sonora by all accounts did a marvelous job. We'd also like to add a special thanks to yvi-1, who couldn't make the Convention, but was a huge help with all the behind the scenes details. Those of us at home heard of all kinds of adventures, including a field trip to Archer City. Four bookstores, three of which had no staff or cash register. Just pick out what you want, and when you're done with your shopping and your eating and whatever, go over to Store #1 and pay for it, or so we heard from mojosmom. There were rumors of riding a mechanical bull, stampeding the stockyards, there were author talks, baseball games, and exploring lovely Fort Worth. We look forward to hearing more details. You can click on over to the Conventions and Meetings forum and tag along as the participants share their memories. Next year's convention on this side of the pond will be in Toronto, and Charleston, South Carolina was named for the 2007 site.

Word from Neesy in Brisbane is that 30 BookCrossers have registered so far for the Australian, including 3 from New Zealand. A list of participants by BookCrossing name will be on the website soon. The logo is on the site — running book with the Aussie hat (including corks). Thanks to Saine for her effort. The sweepstakes has 185 on board so far. Well done cackleberry! The final program will be posted soon. The dates for this gathering down under are June 24-26. Stay tuned as details go up on the Convention website. You can register there or by emailing

And last, but definitely not least is the BCUK UnConvention this coming July 1-3 in Birmingham. Space is limited to 200, and over 130 are already booked, so if you haven't registered, now's the time to do it! If you plan to attend, please complete the registration form which is available on request from For more information, please PM Netstation or Glasgowgal. If you want to know what it's all about, the forum thread for Unconvention 2004 is here . And be sure to check out the Unconvention 2005 website where there's all sorts of good information, including a list of participants.

BookAid/BookCrossing Blitz in Britain

If you happened to glance at the sidebar for releases on April 18, you would have noted that there was a constant stream of titles heading out into the wild all over the UK: Hoping for Hope in Edinburgh, Holes in London, Hawksmoor in Kingston-upon-Thames, Scotland for Beginners: 1314 An' A' That in Wales,Caleb Williams in Belfast — the Go Hunting page in the UK was a mass of red numbers! Over 1,700 books were released bybookplate labels... the BCUK Yahoo group alone in support of Book Aid International's Authors' Association launch. Fifty authors, including Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Philip Pullman and Doris Lessing, were among thousands of people participating.

Many of the books released carried the wonderful BookCrossing 12th Edition bookplate: ‘Opening up the World through Books’, designed by No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency cover illustrator Hannah Firmin, which is still available (while supplies last!) at our Supply Store.

Congratulations to all who participated!!! You've done a grand job! We shall all sit back and watch as the releases and news reports pour in!

Happy Birthday to Us! We're 4 years old and growing strong!

Rather than try and toot our own horn, we're going to let Wyando speak for us. He wrote:

4 years ago, Reno started his wonderful idea to create a website to share books worldwide. The best idea someone ever could have!

4 years is a lot of time- and there is a lot of time spend to make the site like it is today — especially from Reno and his staff, but also from the members who join — day after day, month after month, year after year.

The look has changed also. Some memories? Well, the first look was about this.

The second look (which I saw, when I joined BC about 2 years ago), was started about August 2002.

And the third look, started beginning 2004, well just look around on this site; )

In this 4 years, of which I do know the last 2 of them, has sprung a wonderful community. It is really incredible how wonderful BookCrossing and BookCrossers are!

So, I'd like to say one last sentence: Thank you Reno, for starting this 4 years ago — and more: for keeping it all the time running, for hearing our wishes, for. ..

Happy Birthday BookCrossing!

And thank you Wyando for such a nice tribute. Thanks to all of you who chimed in at the Announcements forum thread and in the other forums as well.

In the News

Congratulations to Cajunz! An article she wrote on BookCrossing — first published in The Baton Rouge Journal, March 2005, has been reprinted not once, not twice but eleven times so far in the following online publications: Tulsa Computer Society, Connecticut PC Users Group, Association of PC User Groups, Mountain View Computer Users Group, Palmetto PC Club of Columbia, SC, Sandwich Computer User Group, and Santa Clarita Valley PC User Group.

With the BookCrossing/Book Aid International mass release on April 18, we know there were scads of articles and media releases all throughout the UK. Here is a sample of what they were saying.

Word on the street is that our Semioticghost is a Page 3 girl! Well, not exactly, but she did have a fab interview in the Ipswich Evening Star entitled "Bookcrossing Craze carries Charity's Message — A novel way to get the world reading". The text of the article can be found here.

And we hear tell that Reno is to be interviewed by Fox News (TV) in Chicago sometime this week. So if you're in the Chicago area and see a book that seems to be looking for a new home, grab it up and see if it's a BookCrossing book. You never know who'll be watching! Plus, he'll be interviewed by BBC4 Radio in the UK April 20, along with author Neil Gaiman, to air this Sunday, April 24 at 4pm local time and again next Thursday, April 28 4pm. We'll post the links in the Announcements forum when we get them!

Remember, if you know of a media event involving BookCrossing, you can let us know by sending a message with "newsletter" in the subject to us from our Contact form (use the "feedback" option) and we'll try to feature it in a future edition.


The World We Live In
by reddragonlady

The other day I was PMing (private messaging) another BookCrosser about a book I'd released to her, and my review of it. The author was a Hollywood-type writer who loved name-dropping, which annoyed the heck out of me. The other BookCrosser and I got to discussing what constitutes "news" now-a-days. Who Jen is dating now, and what Hollywood couple is getting divorced. She said something about the type of world we live in that this is news. ...

[read it all at]

Celebrating a big birthday, next World Book Day
by Rocinante05 (OlePinto)

I have recently wondered, what would Don Quijote think of BookCrossing? Just imagine, having La Mancha full of free books and chivalry... Well, books were then a precious thing, so maybe freeing them would be more difficult....

[read it all at]

I voted -- did you?
by Antof9

I felt compelled to write a comment when I voted for BookCrossing to win a Webby award (or two) today. Why? Because BC was nominated in two categories: Community and Social/Networking. And you know what? That's what BookCrossing is to me....

[read it all at]

Celebrating in Style
by Katti

Schon vor einigen Monaten stand es fest, dass das allmonatliche MeetUp in Bochum mit dem Bookcrossing-Geburtstag zusammen zelebriert werden sollte. Doch was machen wir an diesem speziellen Tag? Nach einigen Diskussionen, bei denen Besuche in bestimmten Parks der Stadt im Gespräch waren, fiel die Entscheidung am Ende auf den Botanischen Garten der hiesigen Universität. Ob das Wetter aber gut genug ist für eine große Release-Aktion unter freiem Himmel? Niemand wusste es, und auch der Wetterbericht verhieß eigentlich nichts gutes....

[read it all at]

Guadalajara celebrates World Book Day in style
by guadalajara

Este próximo sábado 23 de abril, en el marco del Día Internacional del Libro, iniciará el proyecto BookCrossing en la ciudad de Guadalajara, México. Este año, Guadalajara ha sido nombrada la capital americana de la cultura, y como parte de las actividades culturales, se iniciará ahora y para siempre el movimiento de literatura liberada en esta ciudad. A partir de esta fecha, la misma del aniversario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes y William Shakespeare, BookCrossing llegará a todo el país y por primera vez, a Latinoamérica. ...

[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:


Top 10 Countries All-Time
USA 166,959 (48%)
UNITED KINGDOM 26,961 (8%)
CANADA 26,275 (8%)
GERMANY 22,367 (6%)
SPAIN 16,877 (5%)
AUSTRALIA 15,927 (5%)
ITALY 12,633 (4%)
FRANCE 5,137 (1%)
PORTUGAL 4,621 (1%)
NETHERLANDS 4,345 (1%)

Top 10 Countries Last Week
USA 717 (35%)
GERMANY 146 (7%)
SPAIN 129 (6%)
AUSTRALIA 115 (6%)
CANADA 115 (6%)
FRANCE 50 (2%)
ITALY 40 (2%)
PORTUGAL 25 (1%)


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...

Vacation release catch!!
I recently went on vacation, releasing a trail of books across New Mexico, Texas, and on a cruise ship. Finally, one of them caught!
by Jare

A Double Jumper!
This my 3rd book to have had two independent readers- but my first in over a year!

One of my books- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby- has double jumped!

I left it at the gym in last October where it was picked up read and
enjoyed by a new member and left at the local hospital. It has sat
there I think until March and now has been read by an anonymous
finder, whose friend is going to leave it on a train!


by weebly

I see Skyring's up to his usual tricks

Wonder how intelligent Californian seagulls are? Will they be able to use the internet as well as their NZ counterparts?

^ ^

by FutureCat

Stalking book?
We released a book on 11 March and it showed up today, about four weeks later, on the porch of another bookcrosser.;-Steve-Pieezenik

How did the book know it would be safe with lady-sybil? How did it find her? Do some books have special bookcrossing powers?

It is very curious. And just a little bit eerie.
by Grorser

Caught 6 months after releasing...It's my 4th catch this month! I've never had
success like this :- )

by time-traveler

saw my catch in the sidebar (again, the 2nd time it's happened!)
I love it! A very nice journal entry too:
by dancing-dog

I got my first wild catch!
Maybe he'll start releasing more books: )
by Abbynormal92243

Wait, leave me in paradise!!!!!
I'm sure Alberta, Canada is a lovely place, but deenbat's vacation release barely got to stay in Hawaii for a week or two before being scooped up by AF, a fellow tourist who whisked it back to colder climes....

I caught a book without realizing it!
Last Friday, I picked up a few books from a local library's free books shelf, to register and release. I took this one solely because of its title, with an eye towards a specific release locale, but didn't realize that it was a BC book! Only when I went to register it today did I notice the BC label...
by ResQgeek

"Keep up the good work" :)

I released this one into the wild just last night. :)
by libertine101

Special *show off* thread for Book Aid catches
Looky here, I got one!

Any other proud owners of a Book Aid release and catch who'd like to share? This one got caught before I could even do the release notes. I do have superb photos to add to most of my journal entries but am such a spazz, I'm having size issues.
by inkognitoh

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