I have placed a few books in these (swapped them in) and when I went back some of them were taken, which is good even though I have not had a "catch" from any of them. Today at a market I saw one that was a suitcase full of books that apparently the librarian simply brings along to the market weekly.
It's made me think. I have a collection of about 15 books ready for releasing. If the weather was better I could place them in a box in front of my house and let people help themselves. I really want to start a library and a friend of mine was just saying today she wishes there was one in our neighbourhood!
Until I can afford a permanent waterproof structure I am dependent on the weather.
Do you register the libraries? Does anything official need to happen?
I just want to get the books flowing! I have some awesome ones to seed the beginnings of mine!
I guess the question is do you want to make it a Little Free Library, an Official Bookcrossing Zone (OBCZ) or both?
Little Free Libraries can be registered on the Little Free Library website, but I believe there's a fee for doing so. The LFL's location then appears on that website (which, by the way, is a totally different website and completely unrelated to Bookcrossing). http://littlefreelibrary.org/
To create an Official Bookcrossing Zone (OBCZ), all you need is the permission of the venue's owner/manager (in your case, that'd be you, as it's your house). You then let Support or the volunteeer region managers know here at Bookcrossing, and they can add the OBCZ logo to your OBCZ zone. Then you're off and running. No fee involved.
In terms of releasing books in a practical sense, there's a bit of overlap in that both Little Free Libraries and OBCZs provide an officially sanctioned place to leave and take books. Many Bookcrossers leave Bookcrossing registered books at LFLs with no issues.
The main difference seems to be in the actual physical make-up of the book exchange. It seems to me that Little Free Libraries tend to be sturdily-built, weatherproof, outdoor structures and OBCZs tend to mostly be indoor locations such as book shelves or book cases in publicly accessible buildings.
You can certainly set up a temporary Little Free Library and/or Official BookCrossing Zone, and perhaps that'd help draw interest among your neighbors such that someone or some group could fund an actual LFL - or perhaps motivate one of the more crafty neighbors to build one. (The LFL site sells kits, which make handsome and sturdy LFLs, but I've seen some really charming and wildly-inventive handmade ones in a variety of shapes and sizes.)
Re "official": awaywithfairies has covered the official-LFL and official-OBCZ points. You can set up a book-swap shelf or free-books box without making it official, and that'd be fine for attracting passers-by, but the official listings might draw people in from farther afield. Oh, and if you make an LFL and/or OBCZ, you can get it listed on the BC-friendly site LibraryThing too - they have a "little libraries" option for listing book-swap sites of all varieties, another way to spread the word.
If you want to try some quick-and-easy release techniques close to home, check out this thread ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/521597 ); vicar-of-dibley hung a few books, in bags, from the fence in front of the house. A similar method could work if you have a fence or trees, or you could stick with the "free books" box.
Thanks for the clarifications. Maybe I mean a OBCZ. But I want to make it mobile (ie usually in front of my house but sometimes into the car boot and taken somewhere to an event or something. I want to make it fun and easy for people to take/donate books.
I will look at the OBCZ rules and work out what to do. In any case there will be a box with books and maybe a trolley to take it to the park and a picnic rug and some cushions for "in house" reading
Maybe I mean a OBCZ. But I want to make it mobile (ie usually in front of my house but sometimes into the car boot and taken somewhere to an event or something. I want to make it fun and easy for people to take/donate books.
Yeah, as I see it, those things are a little bit at odds. Because an OBCZ is generally a set location, and it's expected that there are pretty much always books to be found in that spot.
Ok it's not an official zone. It's not a library. It's just a box of books. It was a sunny day yesterday so I left it there with a sign (the photo will follow) and I ended up getting a couple of books taken and a couple of books left with a friendly note from my neighbour who wants to have a cup of tea and talk books some time (and who I had never met before).
So....it's not a method for getting thousands of catches in a hurry but it seems to be a good method for spreading friendliness :)