Update: I'm making this a shrinking bookbox, meaning that each participant has the option to take out up to THREE books more than they put in. [If we get more participants and the total number of books drops below 20, I'll reduce the "shrinkage" factor.]
The list of starting books is in this post ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7630129 ). The box started out at just over 25 pounds, at about $13 postage (media mail plus delivery confirmation). I'm hoping the weight and postage will drop as the box travels, due to the shrinking option.
Please post here if interested, and/or if you have any questions. General bookbox guidelines are below.
Participants so far (tentative mailing order - ask if you'd prefer a different slot):
Care and feeding of a bookbox:
-- If you haven't participated in a bookbox before: the main difference between bookboxes and rings/rays is that the boxes are meant to move along quickly, without waiting for any books to be read. You take books from the box if you want to read them, replacing them with books you've already read (or have no interest in reading), and get the box moving again right away. If you don't already have some suitably-themed books on hand, plan on picking up a few in plenty of time to be able to register them and read them at your leisure before the box gets to you.
-- When you are contacted for your address by the participant ahead of you, please reply promptly - and if circumstances have changed for you such that you can't manage a bookbox at that time, whether due to lack of suitable books, a budget-crunch that means you can't afford postage, inability to get to a post office in a timely fashion, or any other factor, please ask to be skipped. (If the situation is temporary, please contact me to have your name moved farther down the list.)
-- When you receive the box, please post a reply in this thread to let everyone know it arrived safely, and contact the next in line to ask for their address so you'll have it handy when you're ready to mail the box.
-- Put at least one book in the box for each one you take out - or, if you like, take advantage of the "shrinkage" option and take out one or two books more than you put in - and list your selections and contributions in the bookbox journal's JEs. (You don't have to match genre for genre, but you should try to maintain some kind of variety.)
-- Journal the books that you take from the box, so the contributors know where they are - and, of course, so they're added to your shelf. (This should go without saying, but it may not hurt to have a reminder!)
-- Mail the box within, at the most, two weeks. The media mail rate (applicable to books-only packages) will usually be the lowest available, though if you can get a lower parcel-post rate feel free to use it. Please use delivery confirmation, and post the DC# in a reply to this thread. [If you can only get to a post office once a month, or if there are other factors that would make you take longer to move the box along, please let me know, and I'll take that into account when setting up the mailing order.]
-- Enjoy the books you claimed from the box!