Do you ever have Releaser's Remorse?

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I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?


I did today, during a lovely sunset at the playground with my kids

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15294029

A few minutes after snapping the picture, I heared it fall on the ice. I ran back to hang it in the tree again, this time on a branch that will give more support.

 

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And if so, do you try to do anything about it?

For me, it comes in two flavors:

1) After I release a book, I realize that I shouldn't have, and want it back.

Usually it's too late for me to reclaim the book, but I have once or twice gone back to try to retrieve it.

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.

Sometimes I go back and move it; other times I don't.

This evening, I released a book, took a photo, walked away, and then *almost* went back to move it to another spot, but I decided to leave it where it was, figuring I'd release a book in the other place another time.

When I checked on it two hours later, it was still where I'd left it...but by the time I got home to "officially" release it, it had been journaled.

So at least this time, it was good that I _didn't_ go back and move the book from its original release spot! :)

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13831401

 

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.


This. I almost always second guess where I placed it.

 

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.


This. I almost always second guess where I placed it.



Me too!

 

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.

Yes, sometimes when I release a book and then find another spot which might be better.
However, whats done is done and I don't go back.
If, for instance, I find the book still there the next day I will move it.
My devise is just give it a change.

 

Otherwise, no.

 

I almost never experience option 1, as I generally have "keeper" copies of books I know I'll want to re-read, though once in a long while I've released a book on the assumption that it would be easy to replace and then found that it was much more rare than I'd thought.

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.


This, not very often but often enough: sometimes it's a matter of spotting a (more) perfect release spot some time later, or it's the realization that that particular book would have been perfect for next month's release challenges - or that it fills a wish for someone I really wanted to be able to send a book to. (That's the "darn, I *know* I had a copy of that - oh, wait, I released it already" syndrome.) Rarely, I have gone back to see if the book was where I left it, and - even more rarely - it was, and I was able to retrieve it for a different purpose.

I do sometimes relocate books that I didn't regret releasing in the first place; book-swap shelves, OBCZs, and Little Free Libraries often hold some of the same books I left there on previous release runs. (Sometimes this occurs after the books have been absent from those shelves for a while - many people seem to find it simpler to return the books to where they were found, whether they bother to journal them or not.) If I spot a book of mine that's been there for a very long time, and/or if I have a new release-challenge or wishlist-fulfilment plan for it, I may retrieve it.

 

I almost never experience option 1, as I generally have "keeper" copies of books I know I'll want to re-read, though once in a long while I've released a book on the assumption that it would be easy to replace and then found that it was much more rare than I'd thought.

Sometimes it's because I should have saved it for an upcoming challenge, or because it would have been better off RABCK'd to someone than wild released, or because I realized that I meant to read it first!

Like you, I've also had a couple that were harder to find than expected when I wanted to reread them.

 

I sent a new copy of a very expensive book to another BCer who said she wanted it for her PC and she wild released it. Within days. Outside, on a bench, if I remember correctly. I won't go into details but I was not happy. I probably shouldn't have been upset but I get sad knowing it may now be in a dump.

 

I sent a new copy of a very expensive book to another BCer who said she wanted it for her PC and she wild released it. Within days.


Ah, that's another variant - I'd forgotten. While I think of wild-releasing as the default state for BC books, if somebody requested a book specifically to keep, I'd be more than a little surprised to see such a quick turnaround.

In my case it's more often the reverse - I sent someone a book that I hoped they'd wild-release after enjoying it, but either it got filed as "PC" and never moved again or got wild-released immediately (as in the same day it arrived) without any comment as to whether the recipient had read it before, tried it and didn't care for it, nada. [That last happened with some bookbox contents, and annoyed me very much because the person who took those books and released them unread was depriving other bookbox participants of a chance to actually read them. I still don't understand what was going on there. If somebody wants books to release unread, such as the many OBCZ or LFL managers, they can request same, and I've been happy to send out books for those causes, but a themed/genre bookbox suggests at least some interest in reading the bleeping books!]

 

[That last happened with some bookbox contents, and annoyed me very much because the person who took those books and released them unread was depriving other bookbox participants of a chance to actually read them. I still don't understand what was going on there. If somebody wants books to release unread, such as the many OBCZ or LFL managers, they can request same, and I've been happy to send out books for those causes, but a themed/genre bookbox suggests at least some interest in reading the bleeping books!]

Well, I swiped a few books from the box I just sent you and will be releasing them unread...because (IMO - and I did let 6of8 know) they didn't belong in the box in the first place (religion and fiction in the Bio of Things box). I did put a note in my journal entries trying to nicely explain why.

 

Well, I swiped a few books from the box I just sent you and will be releasing them unread...because (IMO - and I did let 6of8 know) they didn't belong in the box in the first place (religion and fiction in the Bio of Things box). I did put a note in my journal entries trying to nicely explain why.


Oh, that's fine - I've done a few "tidy up the bookbox" passes myself! (My favorite was the audiobook box that came to me with half-a-dozen print books included. Yeah.) But in those cases I either try to read the books or post a JE explaining why I took them out and didn't read them. What bugged me about the example I posted was that the books were carefully chosen, books I enjoyed, perfect for the bookbox theme, etc. - and the chooser never even commented on them, not even as much as "couldn't resist taking this for a themed release challenge even though I won't be reading it". So, yeah, kind of a sore point for me whenever I've taken the trouble to mail books, though I don't have the same expectations of wild releases.

 

I sent a new copy of a very expensive book to another BCer who said she wanted it for her PC and she wild released it. Within days.

Ok, that would definitely be annoying. Maybe a bit more excusable if that person somehow received two copies of the same book in a short time, but a little explanation in a journal entry would be nice...and maybe an effort to find someone else who wants a copy!

 

I sent a wished for book to someone (in Australia) and as the book was just over the minimum postal rate and I had to pay a higher rate, I decided to fill a post bag with a number of other books too. (If I had known the wished for book was heavier than I expected I would likely not have sent it, but I had already inquired if the person still wanted it, and they had replied they did, so I considered it would have been rude to take back the offer.)
The person never thanked me for the books. At least they journalled the books arrival, but with no thank you, either in the journal entries, or a private message. That was years ago and I have never heard again from any of the books; not even the wished for book. I would have expected at least that one to be read and reviewed. The others, I would not have been offended if they had wild released them immediately. After hearing nothing I have become less generous with sending books on people's wishlists. I wild release books instead. That person left me very disappointed for some time. The books I sent were not rubbish books either. What a waste!

 

I released a book in an outdoor area by my college, and I got on the subway, only to kick myself thinking about how I should have left it indoors. Well, that turned out to be my first catch.

I guess I am experiencing the beauty of BookCrossing. You just never know what will happen next!

 

2) After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.

I know that this thread is really old, but I exprience this almost every time I release a book! This isn't saying much, since I've only released about 6 or 7 books, but it's still true!

 

I am relieved when I release a book, as it is one piece of less clutter at home. It makes me happy.

 

I exprience this almost every time I release a book!


Why?

 

It's a shame that your book was released at the same spot as you released it the first time but at least you got a catch and we have to remember that everyone can't think of new release spots so the book will travel a bit.

 

seldombites 1 yr ago
Twice
Twice I have released a book, wishing to share it with others, only to regret that I no longer have it to read.

 

I often release books at a Little Free Library in front of a church. I don't generally censor too hard what I release, but I heard from another local Bookcrosser that some of the books I was releasing there were a bit too spicy for one probable churchmember's taste. Oops! :)

 

When I have released books where church attendees might find it, I have been careful what I release. Make sure it is on the tame side.

 

I don’t know how to call it. A bit of sadness for how greedy people can be, maybe?

There’s a book exchange at the library.
Today there were about 10 books in the library book exchange, 3 of which were the ones I released there today. All books were completely different genres.

When I was on my way out of the library I saw someone taking all the books and stuffing them in a tote bag. It makes me a bit sad when people just randomly take stuff because it’s free. Why not take 1 or 2 books and leave the rest for others to enjoy?!

I don’t think my books will get journalled, but now I even think they might not get read. So I guess I have some release remorse.

 

I saw someone taking all the books and stuffing them in a tote bag. It makes me a bit sad when people just randomly take stuff because it’s free.

I can sympathize. In such cases, I like to imagine that they are taking the books for a refugeer centre. It may be true, it may not be, but it's an encouraging thought at least!

 

I saw someone taking all the books and stuffing them in a tote bag. It makes me a bit sad when people just randomly take stuff because it’s free.

I can sympathize. In such cases, I like to imagine that they are taking the books for a refugeer centre. It may be true, it may not be, but it's an encouraging thought at least!

Those thoughts are encouraging. Much better than that they are going to sell the books, as happened to one BCer. The BCer left a pile of books at a community hall where people could sell their goods with a FREE notice. One woman took the books, glued over the label with the next page (or at least the one I found) and put them on the shelf of the same community hall with a price on them in HER name. I came along and spotted the BC spine label that had not been removed (seems the woman wasn't very bright leaving that) paid the $2 (okay, a pittance, but it's the spirit of the thing and she did attempt to hide the BC information) and took the book. Then I saw the label with the number had been glued over, but fortunately I could still just read the numbers through the paper; all but one. However that meant I only needed ten goes at most to find the book. When I wrote in the log where and how the book had been found, the BCer who left the books was understandably annoyed, and being in a small community, knew exactly who that woman was likely to be. She was going to have words. So I hope those books have a better life than that. Being positive, likely they will.
I placed a new label with its BC number in the book.

 

Had a similar experience myself
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15152651

 

Had a similar experience myself
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15152651

Oh dear :(. But at least it appears they didn't remove the label and the book is still travelling. Even if books are sold they can still write home. I spotted this one in a bookshop. I don't understand German, so I left it there. But it did move on.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9718026/

 

Today I released a book on a bench near a school. It’s an international school, so I figured it probably has a lot of English speaking kids and parents.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15232613

a few minutes after I left it, I started to wonder: what if it looks suspicious? I mean, I left something there, took a quick picture and then quickly walked away. What if someone thinks it’s a bomb? And it was around lunch time, so kids were playing outside. I could imagine some of them saw me and maybe went to the teacher to say that they saw someone leaving an object just outside the school gates...

And while I was thinking that, I suddenly heared a lot of sirens and three fire trucks moving fast in the direction of where I left the book. Haha, my heart literaly stopped! I already thought of myself sitting in the police room and explaining the concept of bookcrossing.

I passed by the school 20 minutes later, on my way back from picking up my son at preschool. Obviously there were no firetrucks, no police and the book was still there. I decided to leave it. Probably a book in a transparant official bookcrossing release bag doesn’t look that suspicious.

 

I started to wonder: what if it looks suspicious?

Haha, I Know the feeling. I came home from a release ride once and had this vision of een big dumptruck which unloaded all the books I had released in a big pile in front of my door.

 

unloaded all the books I had released in a big pile in front of my door.


Then you have the fun of making a JE to explain and then a release note to re-release them all. Twice the fun!

 

I already thought of myself sitting in the police room and explaining the concept of bookcrossing.


Hey. I'm sure you would have done such a good job, they all would have joined and be releasing books by now!

 

1) After I release a book, I realize that I shouldn't have, and want it back.


Hahaha!My sister has the same problem. I remember her after releasing Victoria by Knut Hamsun..."I want it back!! Can we find it? I'm gonna buy it again!!"

After the book is released, I wish I had released it somewhere else.


This is my problem.. "Why did I leave it here? Nobody will see it! And if it rains?" etc.. :P

 

And if it rains?


Release it protected in a plastic bag if you leave it outside. Solves the problem.

I release most of mine inside, but when I do release outdoors, I always use a Release Bag from the Supply Store. I don't trust the weather and you never know how long a book will stay outside.

 

To be honest I 've never used a release bag yet.. Living in Greece makes everything easier: how bad can weather be during the spring? :P However, you're right! I think it would be fun using one of these bags.. I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?

 

Have you ever tried it

Yes I have last Christmas :-)

 

I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?


I have not tried a tree release, but I never leave a book outside unprotected.

 

I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?


I have not tried a tree release, but I never leave a book outside unprotected.

It's not just rain; the book needs protection from dirt too. If it's fine weather and I think the book might be picked up soon, I have started to use waste plastic rather than new. Only when I think it might rain or perhaps not be picked up quickly, do I use a new sealable bag. Books released inside likely don't need a bag.

 

I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?

I've done that and had good catch rates! Probably because it's such an unexpected sight that it attracts extra attention.

 

I could (for instance) hang books on a tree :)
Have you ever tried it?


I did today, during a lovely sunset at the playground with my kids

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15294029

A few minutes after snapping the picture, I heared it fall on the ice. I ran back to hang it in the tree again, this time on a branch that will give more support.

 

Nice release photograph.

 

Wow! Amazing photo! May the force be with you! :P

 

Some of the stories above are heartbreaking or very funny, but they're usually about books whose story and travel you *know*. I'm more afraid of the opposite: the thousands or millions of books which were released and never caught, or caught and never logged.

I can't help worrying what their fate was: did they get trashed, or dumped on some dusty shelf in a community space where nobody ever read a book in years? Are they now cursing me from book heaven, thinking I should just have kept them in their original and more loving shelves?

 

did they get trashed, or dumped on some dusty shelf in a community space where nobody ever read a book in years? Are they now cursing me from book heaven, thinking I should just have kept them in their original and more loving shelves?



Or maybe they are in a loving home, being enjoyed, by someone who has no means or no interest in going online and journaling about them. I know the ones I've given to friends and relatives (including college literature professors) haven't been tortured to death or destroyed. It's just that the current owner has no interest in BookCrossing. Reading them yes; journaling them no. Who knows who will get them next though.

As a matter of fact I know of many that have been read and enjoyed by strangers too that weren't journaled. Such as in restaurants or coffee shops where I've left them where the owner (or sometimes a customer who sees me leaving books) comes to thank me and to tell me they (or their customers) enjoy the books, take them home to read, and often bring them back when they are done. But they just don't do the journaling. This has happened to me many times. I actually posted not too long ago about a woman who had taken several of my books home for her kids and herself to read. She thanked me for releasing them (at a local McDonalds) and I hinted that, although optional, journal entries would be much appreciated. A day or two later I got one for the book she was reading, though none from her kids yet.

So, although I know they don't all have happy homes, I have a much more optimistic view then you. I'm here to spread the joy of reading, getting a catch is just the icing on the cake that happens in some circumstances.

 

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