November 22, 2005
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BookRelay Passes the 50,000 Mark
Many moons ago, BookCrosser Extraordinare CasualReader pulled together BookRelay to add to our BookCrossing pleasure.
To quote from the BookRelay site FAQs, The idea of Relay is that there are lists of books that people want to send to new homes and interested readers. Each list has its own theme or restrictions,
and only the book at the top of the list is available for trade...If you see something you like in the relay index, click on the relay name to see the full list
for that particular relay. Then pick a book on your BookCrossing bookshelf that you'd like to offer in trade. You can then accept the offered book, and your
offer goes to the top of the list. This way there's always something at the top of the relay's list that needs a new home.
Congratulations to all the Relay Readers on making the milestone of 50,000 books passed. That's a lot of good reading going on!
German Support Site in the Semi-Finals for DBS Award. Vote Now!
Wyando has let us know that now it is time for the semi-final round for selection of
DBS-Award! (DBS or Die bessere Seite translates as
The Better Page) finalists. The German Support Site for BookCrossing has made it this
far in the competition sponsored by German speaking Internet radio, with your help, and made it to the finals. On Saturday, November 19, 2005,
the voting begins. Here is a direct link for voting as
well as a link to the thread in the Announcements forum). Get your vote in before
the November 26 deadline, please!
The four winning websites go on to a final round, which will take place November 26,
18:00- 20:00 GMT+1 and the voting for the "DBS-Award" will take place during the broadcast only! The link for that vote page will be added
in Announcements Forum on that date.
If you live outside Germany and need help calculating the time difference for voting
on the 26, here's a link that may help. Good luck bookcrossing.de!
Now That's a Travelling Book!
We think this might be a record! When booklover released
A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, in Sacramento, California in October of
2001 (before we even had Release Notes!), she probably didn't think it would take over four years for the book to check in again.
But it did, and it has. The book turned up over 400 miles away in Portland. That's one hundred miles a year, unless the Portland
mentioned in the journal is actually Portland, Maine, not Oregon. Then it would have travelled the length of the US. Congratulations
booklover! It's as good as ET phoning home!
Goodies Galore at the Store!
If you're searching for that perfect something for the BookCrosser on your list, why not visit the Supply Store? Not only can
you find some great products, but you'll be supporting a site you love. Tons of lovely shirts, in many different sizes and shapes,
caps and even baubles for your ears. Sturdy tote bags to carry your books to meetups or your groceries from the market. Release
supplies, book marks and more. And if you just don't know what your favorite BookCrosser might like, why not try a gift certificate
or wings for a year? One size fits all!
In The News
The Webbys and BookCrossing
made the news at Yahoo!, while
The Wichita Eagle over at www.kansas.com let readers know
about BookCrossing. Why not leave a book?
has let us know of two articles on BookCrossing in the Serbian newspapers. One article is published in Politika (www.politika.co.yu),
the oldest newspaper publisher in the Balkans — founded in 1904. That aricle is printed in the Cyrillic alphabet and not available online.
The second article is printed in daily
newspaper Danas; and you can find it here.
WHERE ARE THE WET SPAGHETTI NOODLES WHEN YOU NEED THEM?
or, a BookCrosser borrows the super rescue suit
I have been awed by book rescue stories in the past, such as White Elephants's amazing efforts to provide over three thousand books a
safe haven, but I never expected to find
myself in a somewhat similiar situation! ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2042]
BOOKS ON THE MOVE.
OBCZ on the beach closes for the season.
On Sunday October 23,
a rather extraordinary BookCrossing meeting was held in OBCZ De Albatros, Castricum, Netherlands. This OBCZ is located in a beachfront
restaurant, with a flock of holidaymaking visitors during summer. But in the winter the only steady visitors would be wind, rain and waves,
and so the restaurant, like many others, not only closes but is disassembled and stored elsewhere. Likewise the books and the bookcases
(minus the disassembly, that is). Those had to be moved to another restaurant, De Jutter, some 100 meters away. ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2045]
A REMARKABLE JOURNEY BACK TO PHNOM PENH
My book Returns to its Source
by Ken Finn (t3spiritz)
Thank you Motsamot for releasing my book in Cambodia!...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2062]
A Canadian/UK Meetup
Before the end of the year, I wanted to tell you about a WONDERFUL meetup experience last May. It all started innocently enough, when I emailed
a London, UK BookCrosser looking for the right link to a BBC Radio story on 84 Charing Cross Road. (If you haven't heard it - listen -- it is a
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2063]
BOOKCROSSING-THEMED PICTURES MADE OUT OF SAND
The exhibition - Who, Why and How!
In the Spring of 2005, sand artist Veronika Junger had an idea for an art exhibition. The theme would be BookCrossing and the pictures would be
displayed in the local OBCZ - Cafe 'Zum Schwammerl' in Vienna, Austria. Veronika Junger, or Vroni for short, is not an active BookCrosser. However
she visits the cafe frequently and always donates her old books to the OBCZ as she has always been interested in and supportive of BookCrossing....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2070]
BOOKCROSSING MEXICO GROWS!
Months after this launching, BC-Mexico expands its goals and horizons
by BookCrossing Mexico / Libros Libres (guadalajara)
Last April, the company of cultural diffusion Mor & More (www.morandmore.com) had the idea of promoting BookCrossing in Mexico. The City
Council of Guadalajara and the newspaper Público supported this idea and these institutions organized a big celebration in which they freed -
with the help of the institutions and the citizen participation - more than 20,000 books. Since then, BookCrossing Mexico has not stopped. ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2073]
CALL FOR WRITERS
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
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| AUSTRALIA|| 18,862 (4%)|
| ITALY|| 13,696 (3%)|
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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...
[caught] Message after
almost 2 years and 7 months...
One of my first released books has send me a message today:
OK, it is by anonymousFinder
somehow it has been traveled from Cologne to Aachen
But the "ups" (german for "Oops") tells me, that someone has taken the book with him/her and found
it back after a long time and did now make a journal entry- maybe he/she is already a bookcrosser, but to embarrassing to do this under his/her
bookcrossing name due of the long time this book is being with him/her.
However- it's a message and I'm happy :)
another catch for kz4ufo mass fall festival release! ;-)
you go girl...and all your helpers too!!
Saved from the rain, then hopped across the Channel
My 60th wild release that has been caught and journalled- - - -
I have now had 60 wild releases caught and journalled. I actually saw the book get picke up, but was still surprised by the journal
entry a few days later. And the finder joined and was happy to be introduced to a new author and genre.
The Wives of Henry VIII:
The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy
2 wild catches in 2 days for the same book
This was in a box of books I got from Kleptokitty (via Netstation) at
the first Cherry Tree meet in February. I'm still
trying to release
the books and left this in the post office on my site (near Oxford, UK) 3
It was journalled on Wednesday as it
was rereleased and its been caught
already and is apparently going to South Africa in the near future.
Plus both catchers joined.
2 yrs 10 months, personal best for me
Never give up hope.
Londonmet's 40th birthday challenge
I'm 40 in December. To mark the occasion, I'm releasing a book a day in the 40 days leading up to my birthday on the 17th. Each one
first published in the years 1965-2005 in sequence, and all books I've read. Started on 7th November.
I've just had my first
catch (and a new member)! Book published in 1971, released on Sunday 13th November.
LIRR cleaner is glad he found the book
Sometimes they're NOT thrown out by the
Finder didn't like book as much as I did, but that's OK!
It's one of the few wild releases I've had journalled, and the finder joined BC.
=^.^=, reminds self that even if book is not journaled immediately after release, that doesn't
mean it won't be eventually.
Book with rought start gets good home!
I am sorry to say that I am the one who gave it a bad start (I left it in a park in the rain, in a bag, and left it there for a few days, assuming
somebody had taken that book and the others I left there). Anyways, I brought it over to Seattle with me this Sunday and left it in a bathroom and
it was picked up!
Not a record, but a nice 2 1/2 year catch
Valuable contribution to the world!
Book appears - after 4 YEARS!
Touching journal entry
"I'm going to be just like Amelie and do good deeds. But with books! "
A very excited new member has a good idea.
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