The Return of the Release Bags... they're here!
The bags have a fresh, new design that gives a good clear explanation to the finder of your book, and they are slightly larger than our small size used to be. Click on over to the Store to see them: http://secure.bookcrossing.com/prodtype.asp?...
To celebrate their arrival, the new bags are currently on offer for a special (re-)introduction price, which will be valid until October 12. Don't miss out!
After that date, a pack of 25 bags will be added to the current, larger quantities.
Also, to give more of you a chance to try them out, ALL Supply Store orders (except those that contain release bags) will come with a free sample bag until the end of October.
Apparently, the foil was thinner than in previous issues, and if you used the bags to hang books (e.g. for tree releases), the euro holes (cf. http://hangtab.net/---/page4_eurohole%28ENG%29_14.gif ) would tear more easily than the round holes in the old bags used to do; so, the bags would now only be good for non-hanging releases or very light paperbacks. Can any of you confirm this?
I like the idea of using less plastic for the same number of books. So the bags being thinner is fine with me.
Does the new one have a premade keyhole? I would think that would work better, as long as you didn't split it putting it on a big branch or post. (In which case, a bit of string or ribbon through it, to make it like a giant holiday ornament should help out.)
I still have old bags left, as as Moem said, they do not have any hole for hanging.
Sorry, my bad: Apparently, this was in reference to the homebrew German release bags (http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/457688/ ), which had a circular hole.
Thank you both so much for checking though, and I agree with the "strongest" place for hanging being under the zipper (although I see the problem that this may permit moisture to enter the bag). Where there is light, there is shadow I guess. :)