No one needs to remind me that the original intent of Bookcrossing was to wild release the books...
Talking about wild releasing! Since it is the age of 8 second attention span, it would be absolutely wonderful to have a faster and easier way to do wild releases! When travelling abroad, I love to leave my books to new places, but tbh, I don't always know my geographical location that well. If I'm not native/advanced speaker to the language of the country, it could prove to be really challenging to perform the whole release process! Let me try to explain: Let's think of the drop down menus and the whole releasing process: say I was in Germany, Berlin. Fine, we can all find these places from the country and state/province drop down menus so far. But then comes the the true challenge: first I'd need to know the EXACT city region of my location. Let's pretend I was at ONE80° Hostel at Alexanderplatz. I'm a tourist and I can't find Alexanderplatz from the city menu, nor do I have a map at hand. Fine, I'll need to do some googling on my limited data...to no avail. I start guessing and choose Mitte, but there's no such hostel either under ONE80° or Hostel or any other logical choice. Do I even have the right city region, is there and excisting release zone for the hostel, will I anger all the Berlin crossers by just being lazy and creating a new crossing zone, I'm on limited data and can't spend half an hour trying to find just ONE release site aaaarrrgggh! A bit dramatized perhaps, but I guess all you travelling crossers know the pain and frustration I'm talking about? So here's my question/suggestion: could we have a faster and easier way of finding the right place for releases? A simple search (f.ex "ONE80") that'd give you all excisting, matching release zones, sorted and listed by country and/or city, and you could just find the right one on the list, tick a box and be done with it?
We "old" crossers have learned to live with this system, but imagine a total BC newbie who's just gotten excited, wants to leave their mark to the book's travels and be faced with this location jungle...in Finnish. Or Russian. Or Japanese.
Great to see "new" enthusiasm on our beloved site! Thank you for all the work in advance, Reno!