May 5, 2008
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Creativity Corner: Into The Night
BookCrosser lithrath made a wonderful video of a mass release she did in Toronto's
Flagstaff Park. Click on over to YouTube and watch the action. (Well, okay, some of it is
pitch black, but lithrath tells us what she's doing.) Now, we're waiting to hear how many books were caught and journalled!
you have made a BookCrossing video and want to have it included on our Video Clips page, let
us know! Send a link to us via the Contact & Support link found at the bottom of every page on
the site (be sure to choose the fourth option "This is just FYI — no need to reply to me") and we'll do our best to get your link posted.
Read and Recycle, Read and Tote, Read and Wear: New Store Products for the Many Needs of BookCrossers
Earth Day gift to you was a brand new, much requested product: a BookCrossing
journal made from
100% recycled materials! The cardboard cover has Ballycumber and our URL debossed on the front and the universal recycling symbol debossed on the back.
Inside you'll find 100 sheets of unlined recycled paper (bound with metal binder rings) with the recycling symbol printed on each page. It's totally great,
and totally Earth friendly. Read, release, repeat and write. Available exclusively in our BookCrossing
Supply Store. Be sure and check out the store for other new products, including a beautiful blue version of our famous
bag, our oh-so-roomy BookCrossing Polo Shirts in black and sky blue
and our so-new-we-don't-have-a-picture-yet expandable
Been Wishing for A BC WishList? Some wishes do come true!
Wishing for a special book is
nothing new to readers, and tons of BookCrossers have used "Cliff's Wish List" which Cliff1976 set up many years ago to keep track of their wished-for
books. Cliff's Wish List was also a handy place to track down the wishes of others. But times have changed, and Cliff, who has done a fantastic job
with the wish list site, has finally gotten his own wish answered: wish list functionality has been integrated into BookCrossing. It is BookCrossing's
good fortune that he turned the site over to us. Matt and his merry band of IT geeks have been testing it out in Alpha. At the London Convention today,
Matt threw the magic switch and sent the BookCrossing Wish List to Beta.
Beta users can now check out the new feature. It is on Beta
only for now, and comments/suggestions regarding the testing of the new feature can be made in our Beta
Site Testing forum. To be a Beta user, you only need to be part of the Members Plus team.
The Wish List can be found in the new User Quick Menu which is located with the home link in the upper right corner of
the site (only Beta for now.) Links can be found on your bookshelf next to the status of your books as well as buttons to add books on any book
page, journal entry or search result. All wish lists that were formerly housed on Cliff's site have been imported to BookCrossing.
thanks Cliff, Scott, Matt, and all the others who helped make this wish come true. May all your wishes be crossed.
Otakuu and FutureCat's Most Excellent Adventure
BookCrossers FutureCat and otakuu are in the midst of a World BookCrossing Tour. They left New Zealand in April, headed to the BookCrossing 7th Anniversary
Convention in London. Their goal is to see as many BookCrossers as they journey "there and back again" to help promote the
2009 Anniversary Convention in Christchurch, New Zealand. You can follow their
adventures both in the forum and in the blog
BookCrosser Exchange: World Tour 2008. (For more information on BookCrosser Exchange, which
helped fund this trip, see the BCX website.) Safe journey, ladies! You have charmed all you have met and
made us realize that we cross friendships, hearts and minds, as well as books, through BookCrossing.
Pictured left to right: FutureCat, lytteltonwitch, otakuu. Photo courtesy of mrsdanvers.
The 2010 Anniversary Convention will be held in....
You can all
stop biting your fingernails now. The votes have been cast and counted. (Over 1000 BookCrossers participated in our first ever online
convention-location-voting. Wow!) We can now tell you who won the bid for the 2010 Anniversary Convention! (Drum roll...)
But first, who were the candidates again? There were three: Amsterdam, Boston and Washington, DC. Each of them had a great spokesperson. Presentations
were done in London at the 2008 Convention by Moem, Tobysrus and Skyring (the in loco parentis representative for the "BC in DC" group.) It was really
hard to decide which of these wonderful cities to vote for, especially after seeing the fabulous online presentations or hearing reports back from folks
attending the Convention in London.
But the outcome was pretty clear: mark your calendars for April 2010 in Amsterdam! Congratulations to the
Dutch organizing team: boekenxnl, chris147, fotomiep, Joanazinha, Luielezer, Moem, Phoenix-Flight, Rubberchicken. Keep your eyes on the
Convention Info page for updates. They've already got a nice
website going with plans and loads of information.
Editor's Note: Just to
help keep the calendar straight: the 2009 Anniversary Convention will be in New Zealand. In lieu of a 2008 North American Convention, the Charleston
BookCrossers have thrown open their shores for an impromptu Redoing
the Charleston: Bally at the Beach in October 2008. The 2009 North American festivities will be in Kansas City and the Boston Group is eager to
host the 2010 North American Gathering. Other regional gatherings/conventions and megameets are being planned worldwide as well. See our
Convention Info page for more details as we know them.
Just the FAQs - But Please Be Careful
We just want to
remind you that while BookCrossing applauds wild releases, we need our members to be careful where and how they release those books. To quote directly
from our FAQs in response to the question "Where should I release books? Are there places where I should
not release books?"
We encourage you to use common sense when releasing books. In other words, don't leave them where
they might be considered a security risk, and don't leave adult material where a child could easily find it. Be careful about releasing books where books
are sold — we don't want anyone to find one of our books and be accused of shoplifting! We want everyone to learn about BookCrossing, and always
come away with a favorable opinion of us.
We encourage our members to be creative, but to show courtesy, common sense and to obey the law with regards to where they wild release a book. If you
are at all uncertain, try asking permission of the management where you are considering releasing a book. A little education about BookCrossing goes a
long way. We also encourage you to occasionally pop over and review our frequently asked questions. The link to the FAQ page appears on the bottom of
every page on the site. You might be surprised as to what you might learn there!
There are a few places where we do recommend you definitely do not release a book. We ask our
members never to leave a BookCrossing book somewhere where it could cause a concern for security (such as in an airport or other high security areas, or
places with posted warnings about unattended objects.) Some shop owners, particularly places that sell books, prefer that books not be left in their
establishments. (Which only makes sense, as it could be confusing to customers.) And it's best not to leave books inside a library, unless it is as a
donation or at a take-a-book-leave-a-book type shelf. Just be aware, and use common sense.
England, Greece and Spain Over-- Onwards to More!
It's been a busy time in Many Places these past few weeks. BookCrossers found themselves surrounded by other BookCrossers, laughter, and, oh yes,
books, as they gathered together in England, Crete and Spain. Plus there have been many local events (such as Reading Loves Reading and the BC in
DC participation at The Day of the Book Festival in Kensington, Maryland.) We wish we had
a travel budget to send a "reporter" to all these events (hint hint, Scott — maybe it can be a line item in the next budget?) but it's just not
possible. We rely on you to let us know news and notes from your part of the world. Send us a line via the
Contact & Support link found at the bottom of every page on the site (be sure to choose the fourth
option "This is just FYI — no need to reply to me") and we'll do our best to get your news reported in the Newsletter. Even better, though, would
be if you'd just go ahead and write the article for us and submit it as a member article. And
don't forget the pictures! We love to see your smiling faces and clever releases.
MBC in Saint-Malo, France June 21
French BookCrossers are happy to announce that the 14th MBC (Mega BookCrossing) will take place in Saint-Malo (Brittany), on Saturday, 21 June!
BookCrossers will meet and release their books in the great setting of the "Intra-Muros", overlooking the sea.
It was 5 years ago
that the first MBC (Mega BookCrossing) was organised in France, in Paris. Since then, French BookCrossers and their friends from neighbouring countries
have been meeting regularly all over France (Lyon, Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse, Nice, etc), releasing hundreds of books at a time, and having fun meeting
each other. We will be happy to welcome you on the "Côte d'Emeraude". Why not make it a weekend trip? Get-togethers and meals will also be organised. For
more information, please look here. See you soon in Saint-Malo!
BOOKCROSSING A SCUOLA
Il piacere di leggere
Il piacere di leggere. Un gusto sottile che si snoda attraverso sentieri liberi e diversi fra di loro. I bambini hanno bisogno di scoprirlo e provarlo, ma
per questo devono percorrere spesso strade irte di regole, paletti, rigidi decaloghi....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2962]
BOOKS GO WILD
BookCrossing and Bird Watching
by Sarah Bower (wildbooks08)
BOOKS GO WILD
BookCrossing and Bird Watching
Visitors to the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserves in Norfolk might find a little
extra in the bird hides from the end of April th
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2978]
IT'S BEEN A YEAR ALREADY?
A BookCrosser's reflection on her one year bookiversery
by Cordelia Sykes (Modmouse)
As of today, April 7, 2008, I will have been with BookCrossing for a year....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2981]
1500 LIBRI LIBERATI IN MILANO AL SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE (SETTIMANA DEL DESIGN) 2008!
1500 books released in Milan at International Salone del Mobile (Design Week) 2008!
by kriptonite (liberliber)
In occasione del 47° Salone internazionale del Mobile - settimana del Design, che si terrà a Milano dal 16 al 21 aprile, kriptonite (
http://www.kriptonite.com) sta registrando e libererà in quei giorni più di 1500 libri sulla sua vera libreria 'krossing' - ecco quella virtuale:
e vi invita a partecipare alla liberazione e bere un bicchiere di vino :) nello showroom di piazza xxv aprile 7.
L'inaugurazione è il 16 aprile alle h 19.30 con aperitivo. Apertura dalle 10.00 alle 21.00 fino al 21 aprile, aperitivo tutti i giorni alle 19.30....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2982]
A DONATION CLOSE TO A BOOKCROSSER’S HEART
Library box for refugees in Uganda
by Airam67 & editor team of Finnish BookCrossers (Airam67)
You have probably heard of the new type of Christmas and anniversary presents, such as buying a goat for a farmer family in Africa or school supplies
for girls in Asia. The Finnish BookCrossers found a way to donate some good in the form of books: the Finnish Refugee Council collects funds for a
so-called library box project in Uganda. The library box project is part of the Finnish Refugee Council's literacy project....
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2984]
A (PRIVATE) LIBRARY OF BALLYCUMBERS
My dream of registering my whole Permanent Collection
Why would someone who owns a thousand books or more want to go to the trouble of registering each and every one on BookCrossing?...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2986]
NOOIT EEN JOURNAL ENTRY, MAAR WEL GEVANGEN
Over losgelaten boeken die wel degelijk hun doel bereiken: gelezen worden!
Regelmatig lees ik op het forum over newbies die teleurgesteld zijn dat het zo lang duurt voor een losgelaten boek gemeld wordt. Veel boeken worden
nooit gemeld. En niet alleen newbies hebben deze ervaring; iedere bookcrosser kent het gevoel dat je bekruipt als je niets hoort van losgelaten boeken:
Weggegooid? Opgeruimd? ...
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/2987]
GIVING AWAY BOOKS IN KENSINGTON, MARYLAND
BC in DC celebrates the International Day of the Book
How many books can a group of seriously motivated BookCrossers
give away in five hours? The BC in DC crowd (otherwise known as the
BookCrossers of the Washington, DC area) decided to use the
[read it all at http://www.bookcrossing.com/articles/3003]
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
| USA|| 280,725 (42%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 70,716 (11%)|
| GERMANY|| 44,544 (7%)|
| CANADA|| 41,982 (6%)|
| SPAIN|| 34,098 (5%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 29,579 (4%)|
| ITALY|| 20,727 (3%)|
| FRANCE|| 14,533 (2%)|
| NETHERLANDS|| 12,915 (2%)|
| PORTUGAL|| 9,798 (1%)|
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| USA|| 533 (25%)|
| UNITED KINGDOM|| 204 (9%)|
| SPAIN|| 143 (7%)|
| GERMANY|| 127 (6%)|
| AUSTRALIA|| 90 (4%)|
| JAPAN(日本)|| 89 (4%)|
| CANADA|| 71 (3%)|
| ITALY|| 61 (3%)|
| NETHERLANDS|| 43 (2%)|
| FRANCE|| 40 (2%)|
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...
"Thanks anonymous booklover..."
I have to say, this free paper box has been quite a good spot to release books in. They all get taken quickly, and about half of what I've set free there has called home by the finder. This is
my latest, and probably most favorite catch from there so far:
4.5 years later
and a new member!
Still hope for some of the ancient releases.
This book made one womans
day by letting her forget her troubles...
I just stumbled on this journal entry and thought it was so nice that the book made someone's day alot easier. ..
As a lifelong
reader I thought, "what a great idea!"
and I picked it up and took it home.
Wonderful international catch encouraging a whole class
A wonderful catch of a book registered by a New Zealand bookcrosser living in Ireland who released the book in Ita;ly and it was found by a German school group who will release the book again in
A book checks in for the first time after almost 2 1/2 years!
makes you wonder where it's been all this time...the box
where it was released empties and refills regularly so i know it's been gone for a good long time
Book found by just the right person
As I was running out of the house, I picked up the first
labeled book I could find. I almost forgot to release it!
This is one of the bright spots from an otherwise emotionally-draining
BC in DC gave away * 1,226 books * in Kensington MD 27 April 2008!!!
We are going to post our catches and keep our statistics in this thread. We had fabulous fun. I'll have the total number of books "available" at the festival
soon and as soon as all of the BookCrossers that took home books report in with the totals that they took home we'll be able to see just exactly how many we
And the promised numbers are 2,348 books were taken to the event and were available for people to take.
The BookCrossers that attended
the event took home with them 1,122 books. Of course, the distributuion is quite uneven since I took over 900 and only came home with 95 because of an
upcoming move. We can always re-distribute later if any are having trouble finding places to wild release. And we plan to do something spectacular at
the National Book Festival in September.
That means that 1,226 books are in the hands of the people that attended the festival. The catches are
starting to come in and I am working on tabulating those numbers. It will be interesting to see how many new members and catches we get out of this
Here is the thread that this is a continuation from over in Conventions and Meetings!
"a great comfort and distraction..."
On her/ his way to hospital the finder picks up a
book which helps pass the time during recuperation.
I love this journal entry.
This one tops them all
Only a little book, only one out the many I released along the way to the Convention, but this catch will have me singing happily to myself for a long time
Woo hoo! An
appearance after 3 years of no contact.....
When I released it originally, it was a beautiful sunny day
in the Boston Public Gardens and the park was full of people. A day sort of like today!
After five years a journal entry
I imagine Luv2read57 was happy to see that her book has checked in. I wonder
what its been doing for 5 years.
4 years later - my book checks in!
Wonder where it has been all this time?!
The coolest JE I've
ever received and I had to share it
It comes in as an AF, but it sounds like a BCer. Either way,
only getting a member from this book would make it any better. :D
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