Hi everyone. I've discovered Bookcrossing through Geocaching(a while ago, but will poke around more now) and will be trying a couple of experiments with releasing books that are intended to travel from one Geocache to another. My most hopeful ideas are to release some Blank Journals/Notebooks and let them get filled up as they travel. I have to see what I can do to find some that are inexpensive and still have ISBN numbers on them and meet my design preferances. Another idea I'm working on is to release some puzzle books, where each finder would complete a puzzle or more, sign the page with a note, and move the book along. Has anyone tried any ideas like these either in the wild or through Geocaching? Please tell me all about things that you've released that are outside the norms of "books to read". I'm also curious about a couple of things...
I've noticed some notebooks that have a number that looks like an ISBN, but is some other system. Does anyone know if other systems can be used here?
With the use of preassigned numbers can these BCIDs ever be attached to books/notebooks that do not have an ISBN, or is that frowned upon in the community?
Thanks for any advice.
As I mentioned in my "introduce myself" post, I have come here from the game of Geocaching. I would like to combine the two hobbies by releasing many traveling Journals/Notebooks, as well as Puzzle Books with the idea that they will be an interactive activity for the finders before they move them to a new Geocache(all the instructions would be attached, as well as described in the release notes). I currently own several hundred "Travel Bug" type items through that site, so I am very familiar with the risks and benefits of travelers in that game. I'm also a bit familiar with the loss rate of unofficial travelers in that game, so I'm not really looking for feedback on those aspects of my project idea. What I'm concerned about is if a project like that will have any negative impacts on the way this community is using this site.
My biggest concern is that when someone looks to see if any books are in the wild in their area, they might get a list full of Journals/Puzzle Books that make it hard to sort though to find books they are interested in(I'm assuming that only a small part of this community would be interested in these)
My other main concern is that there will be these items listed in the wild, but they will not be easily accessible to BookCrossers who do not like Geocaching.
OK, so here is the big question(and a little unusual for online forums)...I'm not looking for just a bunch of people to applaud my ideas(although I wouldn't complain about a little of that), what I'm looking for is any possible negative concequences that these ideas might have on THIS hobby and THIS community. If ideas like those would harm your enjoyment of this hobby, or interfere with your ability to use this site, please share with me so that I'll be able to take that into account when I decide how(and IF) I should go forward with it.
Thanks for your help.
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