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Happy (and Hearty) Bally-tine's Day!

Yes, we know it's a bit early, but it's never too early for love. Come February 14th (Valentine's Day), chocolate, flowers and candy hearts will abound. And frankly, since we don't plan on having a newsletter out in time, we are letting Cupid out of the bag early with our Be Mine Special Edition Wings. Fly by the Supply Store and show your Book Crossing love. Don't wait too long because on February 14th when the clock strikes midnight, they'll go undercover until next year.

Find us on Facebook!

We're here! We're here!  For once we're asking you to get your face out of a book to find us on Facebook. BookCrossing has finally joined the movement, and our official page is up and active. While you may love BookCrossing, please be sure to like us
here .

BookCrossing Widgets

What in the world is a widget?  Widgets are pieces of code that you can copy to your website, blog, Facebook profile, or any other piece of the internet that you call yours. It's so easy. We supply the code, you simply copy and paste it to your site, page, profile, or blog...and Voila! BookCrossing at your fingertips. 

Book Journal Widget
This widget displays recent journal activity for a BookCrossing book.

Member Bookshelf Widget
This widget displays recent bookshelf activity for a member.

Book ISBN Widget
This widget will display global statistics based on a book's ISBN.

Example of the ISBN Widget

An example of the Book ISBN Widget.
Copy and paste one (or all) to your blog, profile, or website TODAY!

UK BookCrossers: Join 'World Book Night'

Help to give away 1,000,000 books

Hello, UK BookCrossers! Is there a book that you love so much that you just want to give it to dozens of people? On March 5, 2011, you could be one of 20,000 (yes, 20,000!) booklovers who get the opportunity to do just that. Join a new UK-based charity, World Book Night, and BookCrossing, to win and help give away 4 dozen books.

With the full support of BookCrossing, Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day and the BBC, one million books  (labeled and preregistered with a BookCrossing Identification number) will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public. This grand endeavor will result in carpeting the UK and Ireland with a million great books while spreading the love of reading.

Go to the World Book Night website, and register your details. Choose from the twenty-five books on offer and, if you're a lucky winner, you'll be sent a box of 48 copies to be handed out on the big night - and no hidden catches. (Hurry, though! Entry deadline is 0900 UK time on Tuesday, January 24, 2011.)

BC in DC

Annual BookCrossing Convention: Celebrating 10 Years

The Annual BookCrossing Convention returns to the United States in 2011 and will be held in its capital city, Washington, D.C. Join us on the weekend of April 15-17, 2011 when hundreds of BookCrossers will descend upon the Washington, D.C. area to joyfully celebrate BookCrossing's 10th year anniversary.  Themed games, speakers, an amazing raffle, and outings to museums, the largest library of the world, one of the most historic towns in America, Civil War battlefields, the National Zoo, and a center chock full of free books will be some of the attractions to delight all attendees. With so much to see and do, it will be difficult to pick and choose between the fun opportunities. 

Check out the BC in DC website
to get other Convention details (including registration forms, schedules and hotel information), join the discussion forum, download free convention labels, and subscribe to the Convention blog. Don't forget to check out the website every Wednesday for a new installment in our Adventure Series showcasing many different area attractions you might see during the Convention. Register now.

900,000 Members (and Growing!)

On December 15, 2010, our membership finally hit the 900,000 landmark.  Fortunately, it didn't stop there. As of this newsletter, our stats proudly boast
906,515 members enjoying the 6,769,632 books travelling around the globe changing hands and changing lives.  We shout, "Thanks!" to you, our loyal members, for your ongoing BookCrossing support. We are boldy striving to reach the 1 million member mark by mid year.  With this soaring membership, we're busy behind the scenes planning a World Release Day, building new partnerships, and finishing our soon-to-launch localized Supply Store. Be sure to look up from your book every once in a while to weigh in on the latest BookCrossing scoop.

Site Watch

3 themed releases caught at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Great catch after 2 years
one of the best JE's I've gotten!
Very sweet catch on Winter Holding Spring
2003 release resurfaces...
Four catches out of four!
"All your book are belong to us " - I loved this catch for hipsterhomo
"It brightened my day a little bit"
UPDATE: I got a wild catch alert
Five years and 9 months

**Did you find a great journal entry, member profile/picture, or book release photo while browsing around the BookCrossing website? Post it on our Site Watch Forum.


Bookplate of the Month

There was no talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place when choosing this month's Arrobando's bookplate titled 'liberate, libera...' We wholeheartedly decided that this photo ROCKS! Thanks for sharing, Arrobando!

Heather's Wonderin'...
"If a man is talking in the forest and no woman is there to hear him, is he still wrong?"

"Well, he'll never be right, wherever he is!" 

"The squirrels sure seem to think so." -Moem

"He's wrong for even trying to speak where there isn't a woman handy to set him straight." 

"Not until he gets home."  -ResQgeek
February Releases

Our members have dreamed up some amazing 'Themed Releases' that will take place next month.  Here are a few highlights:

The Valentine Challenge
You can probably guess what this one's about. That's right! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It's what makes the world go 'round.

2011 Never Judge A Book By Its Cover Release Challenge

On each Saturday, a book cover will be posted marking the theme for the upcoming week. The Challenge is simple: Find books relating to the week's themed cover and release them!

Memorial Release for Becky Challenge - Feb 14, 2011

In honor of ResQgeek's daughter, Becky (aka N-R-Jyzer), who was struck and killed last August while riding her bicycle, we bring you the Memorial Release for Becky Challenge .  BCinDC has organised this loving memorial release on what would have been her 10th birthday: February 14, 2011. 

OBCZ of the Month

Cafe M: The Living Room
Local BookCrossers from Aachen, Germany discovered that their city had only one OBCZ.  RalfH explains, "hexenberg73 and I asked the owner of the Cafe M to open an OBCZ. At once, he was really enthusiastic, and in October 2010, we started the new OBCZ in the little old-school Cafe opposite from the spa gardens in Aachen-Burtscheid." The owner calls his cafe his "living room", and that's exacltly what it looks like.  "Books fit quite well there," states RalfH, "So every time I visit the cafe, people ask me about BookCrossing - they take away books while others bring big boxes packed with more books. Now there are more than hundred books available!"   See their bookshelf here.

Member Articles

Memorial Release for Becky, Feb 14, 2011
by BCinDC

I BookCrossed in China...
by Nobleignoramus

The Next Queen of Heaven Goes on a Journey
by Bascula

Submit your member article today!


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