Book releases are an embrace of what Alan Watts called "the wisdom of insecurity," the acceptance of the reality that we are not in control. These are tiny lessons in patience (certainly), acceptance, respect, forgiveness, generosity, nonattachment, etc. And I thought it was simply a neat idea!!!

by robert-n-kate (robert-n-kate)

book crossing a head i was surfing the web seeking books for my daughter when to my surprise i found in short order a site that was based on this curious thought books can freely be given not merely be bought at first blush the notion stood the world on its head i read through the pages with some sense of dread for surely this concept would create a schism between sharing ideas and capitalism it's true that i frequent the local library so to borrow a book is not at all scary but this seems quite different releasing a tome out into the wild quite freely to roam without payment or credit without return date just bound to the mysteries of fortune and fate with no strings attached just a simple i.d. so the finder might tell of their joined destiny and if they so choose pay back kindness in kind freeing not just a book but also a mind 'twas then i remembered what first brought me here my searching out tales for my daughter to hear in caring for her i have learned to my pleasure that life's greatest gift is a love without measure and after some thought i'm compelled to agree this realization should hold more widely whether at random or through planned exchange by chapter and verse the world can be changed so now into action this thinking is led and i'm sure that i see a book crossing a head perhaps one fine morning i'll set out to free 'em beside an art gallery inside a museum at park benches, cafes on playgrounds at schools at concerts and movies and even bar stools to all the book crossers (those likewise inclined) i hope in this process much joy you will find just say to a skeptic if ever they see ya you're simply embracing a novel idea let no one dissuade you if this you believe that truly 'tis better to give than receive and hold fast this adage both simple and true do unto others as you'd have done to you

by 4Libros (4libros)

Best Book Forward "I want to be free!" This book said to me (Its previous owner), And I just said, "Gee!" "I didn't know books Could be quite this vocal." But I set the book wild In vicinity local. Now the book writes to me On a regular basis, From across the world, From desert, oasis! BookCrossing.com Emails me without cease Whene'er a new owner Does Read and Release. So, if you've some tomes That aren't done talking, Stop staring in shock, Let your books begin walking!

by Jennifer Boulanger (JoeandJen)

Admit it. You haven't done much to challenge our corporate capitalist society lately, despite your revoutionary leanings. Do not despair. Here is your chance to redeem yourself... clear those long-forgotten or well-loved books off the bookshelf and give them to someone who could really benefit from your good taste - a complete stranger! Set your old books and your cooperative spirit free. Exert your intellectual influence on an international audience. Be subversive. Be a BookCrosser. Vive la resistance!

by Erin Brewster (grover3d)

I'm already addicted! 29 registered, about ten released and I just bought copies of some of my favorites so I can get those out there too. Thanks so much!

by Linda (Snowball)

You made my day when I discovered this website! What an incredible idea! What better way to foster goodwill and a do a good deed then to pass on a book, free to anyone. You could change someone's life by such an unselfish act. I must say I smiled all day after releasing my first book "into the wild" (at a local McDonalds). When I am stuck in a boring situation (meetings, etc.) I daydream of new and creative places to release my next book. Thank you for showing me how my book has a "long life" after I am done with it.

by Ross LaManna (RossLaManna)

Bookcrossing.com is a charming, long overdue idea. Imagine if we'd had the technology to track the travels of a Shakespeare First Folio, a Gutenberg Bible, or even a First Edition of The Big Sleep. Well, eat your hearts out, Mr. Shakespeare, Herr Gutenberg and Mr. Chandler -- as soon as the hardcover edition of my humble first novel is printed, I'm setting three copies loose on the world with BCID stickers attached therein. So, if you happen to come across a copy of Acid Test so adorned, please give it a read, upload your thoughts and pass it on. I will check Bookcrossing.com often to follow the wanderers' progress. And who knows -- maybe in a hundred years my great-grandchildren will stop by the site once in a while as well. -- Screenwriter/novelist Ross LaManna, whose credits include the hit film Rush Hour and the Ballantine thriller Acid Test (August, 2001). www.RossLaManna.com

by Michael Allen (treknut)

Just had to take a second to tell you what a cool idea you have here! I think this is one of the most inspirational ideas I have ever seen. Another avid reader at the office recommended the site to me... and I have to admit I've been as excited as a kid since dropping by. This adds a level of intrigue to my reading I don't think I have ever experienced... I can't wait to see where the books I have read go... to see where the ones I discover are from... (it's like being on a continual treasure hunt!). I think you are in the midst of creating a new community of people around the world. Thanks to all of you who thought this up... I truly believe you have got something here that's going to make a lasting impression on the world.

by Lyda Morehouse (lyda222)

BookCrossing is a really cool idea, if for no other reason than that it would be really fun to see where and how my book travels. Talk about getting a strong connection with your readers! As a brand new author, especially, I think it's fascinating... I've even bought back some of my advance review copies that ended up on eBay just to see the return address of who had them! Plus, the act of publishing, in itself, is a kind of read and release program... except not nearly as personal. The book will travel from reader to reader this way, but with Book Crossings I could actually see the progress of a book through the lives of my readers. I have some other friends who are science fiction writers and I'm going to tell them about this idea... hopefully some more authors will be signing up. Some of them might get all wonky about lost royalities, but, truthfully, this is what readers do... and I for one prefer to celebrate the process. I mean, I wrote to get paid, but more than that I wrote to be read. I just signed up (under lyda222) and registered my novel, Archangel Protocol. I'm looking foward to releasing it in the wild this weekend. Believe me, I'll be watching! I've bookmarked BookCrossing.com!

by yazi (yazi)

I am a bona-fide BookCrossing junkie. How could anyone who loves reading and sharing books not become totally hooked? There are more reasons to have a passion for this website than can be fully expressed, without creating an additonal site, just to contain them! With that in mind, I'll try my best to simplify: Economics: Any author or bookseller who is concerned about dips in book sales here is utterly misguided. Since joining BookCrossing, I am on an interminable prowl for books. In the past, my estimated book consumption via personal purchase or received gifts was about 50 per year. In only two months of active BookCrossing, my contribution to book sales at corporate stores and mom-and-pop operations has exceeded that figure! BookCrossing has fueled this in three ways:

  1. Some books are purchased, thanks to the candid reviews offered here. Does every shopper believe the rave reviews, chosen by marketing departments? I would rather hear it from regular book lovers who do not depend on writing reviews for a living.
  2. I have amassed a stockpile of unread books from genres I do not enjoy (i.e. Romance) for the purpose of trading or simply sharing.
  3. Multiple copies of most-loved books are purchased for "wild" releases.
Get out your calculators, profesional skeptics! Surely I am not alone, in my economy-boosting, torrid, book fixation. When you consider the number of books going all over the world, you will find that even the postal system, reaps the benefits. Postmasters everywhere, should be smiling too! Convenience: Like so many people, there is no time in my hectic schedule for joining a book club that meets in person. BookCrossing is accessible at any hour, every day. This website popped up on Google while searching for book clubs. I could have gone to any site and joined, but would have been relying on someone else, whose tastes may vary radically from mine, to send me books. Why risk getting books that don't appeal? If I like a specific author or book, the Forum is an incredible resource for recommendations. The software that drives this site encourages interaction, because it is fun and easy to use. Community: People are the most important reasons to love BookCrossing! BookCrossers are some of the most interesting, intelligent, and downright nice people with whom you'll ever interact. This website is a wonderful place to visit if road rage or your boss has irked you. The majority of BookCrossers are in it for the giving. Good Karma abounds here each day. A personal story about an act of kindness: A BookCrosser, Tayro, mailed a book from Canada to the U.S.A. to fullfill a longtime wish of one of my friends. She asked for nothing in return. Wow! My friend is still floating on air! There are also numerous journal entries from book-finders that express their delight in cominng accross a book, with no-strings-attached. If you join this website, you will not regret it. You may be adding your testimonial, before you know it. An important footnote: Thank you Ron and associates, for making this possible. Thank you even more for protecting member information. When I took the plunge and joined, only the fear of getting spam or junkmail made me pause. Because I haven't found ANY negatives of that nature, I keep coming back. At the rate I am accumulating books, I'll be getting a gold star soon. What better way to spare my hand from writing cramps? Viva la BookCrossing.com!

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