by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. (samvak)

Take BookCrossing.com. On the face of it, it presents no profound challenge to established publishing practices and to the modern concept of intellectual property. Members register their books, obtain a BCID (BookCrossing ID Number) and then give the book to someone, or simply leave it lying around for a total stranger to find. Henceforth, fate determines the chain of events. Eventual successive owners of the volume are supposed to report to BookCrossing (by e-mail) about the books and their whereabouts, thereby generating moving plots and mapping the territory of literacy and bibliomania. This innocuous model subversively undermines the concept - legal and moral - of ownership. It also expropriates the book from the realm of passive, inert objects and transforms it into a catalyst of human interactions across time and space. In other words, it returns the book to its origins: a time capsule, a time machine and the embodiment of a historical narrative. Read more at samvak.tripod.com.

by Katherine Rogers (KMR)

Please, please close this site - it's just taking too much of my time and attention! I've just had my first successful release and I can't stop registering books. My boyfriend has always hated the fact that I've had so many books around but I never knew what to do with them until I found this site. Now every time I go out, I take BookCrossing books with me. I've told all my friends and family about it. Seriously, thank you so much - I check the site daily just to see if I can find new books. I read a lot and don't want to keep so many of the books I buy, have always given them away but now I have a way to find out what happens to them once I've finished. There are very few ideas I've come accross so inspirational as this and I'm just sorry I didn't think of it first. The whole world a library - what a vision!

by Susan Gilbert (foxfire)

I just wanted to tell you this is the most original piece of creative thinking I've run across in years. I've been a teacher on and off and always tried to find clever ways to encourage my kids to read and spread the word about the joys of reading. This idea has all the anarchy, gypsy spirit and in-your-face attitude that appeals to my students. It plays with the concepts of ownership, not just of ideas, but the very need to posses books at all. It undermines the idea that books are elitist by making them not only free, but freely available everywhere you go. And the discovery of a book in an unlikely place is a small thrilling adventure all on its own. I've already registered 19 books that were released today and have a big box at home yet to go. I'm putting my students to work gathering books of their own to register and release as a class project. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for a great idea and wonderful teaching tool!

by Jan Moran (JanMoran)

BookCrossing is a fabulous idea; what a unique way to share the beloved books we hold so dear, books that have touched our hearts and, because of your efforts, will now go on to touch so many more. As an author, I write in solitude. What a great way to follow our little "children," to learn of their deeds--or misdeeds!--along the way. I'll spread the word to other authors and booksellers, too; after all, we all share books, even though we love to see them sold. Congratulations on BookCrossing.com, a beautiful, fun, and easy-to-use web site. I wish you much success! Be sure to check out my two books, Fabulous Fragrances I and II, at www.fabulousfragrances.com

by SerenityBlue (SerenityBlue)

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by Patricia LeBlanc (Pearle)

I am so pleased to say that I have registered two books here at BookCrossing.com, and the first one went out about two weeks ago. I actually passed it on with a BookCrossing label inside, to a cashier at Indigo Books in Toronto. She was a little apprehensive at first but after reading the label she was thrilled, and promised to pass it on. This is a brilliant idea, and should become a popular activity.

by MonkeyGirl (MonkeyGirl)

I have been a where's georger since August 2001 and I just found the link to your web site on the where's george cool links page. This is great! I already leave books around already so this is a great site. Whenever I travel, I always visit a used books store and buy some cheap paperbacks, sometimes star trek cheap fiction, sometimes a classic. When I am traveling and I finish reading one of these books, I always leave them in my hotel or hostel, or in some common room somewhere, with a little note saying "free! take me!" (I do this because I rarely read a book twice and I hate to carry around unnecessary items when traveling.) Since I do this anyway, and I like to track things picked up by strangers, this is the perfect site for me! I just joined today and I am leaving on a trip on Tuesday so I hope to have my first book registered soon. Thanks for putting this site together!!!

by Rachel Weber (pink-halo)

In elementary school, every year the school organized a function to encourage students to read. For three months, the library kept track of how many books were taken out. At the end of the term, hundreds of helium-filled balloons, one for each book read, were distributed to the students to release out in the wild. In each balloon there was a slip of paper telling the finder to send a postcard to the school and tell them where the balloon wound up. BookCrossing is very much like that to me. I am so glad to have found this site. Thanks for letting me relive a cherished event as an adult! There is such pleasure in sharing a beloved book with someone.

by Alice Campbell (acampbell)

BookCrossing is the best thing since sliced bread! I'm in the process of 'letting go' of a very voluminous library of mostly paperbacks that I can no longer hope to read (I had a stroke about a year ago that clobbered my reading vision). I was very reluctant to dispose of any of them. I used to read a paperback per day and had bunches stacked up waiting for me. Just looking at the bookshelf used to be such a delight of anticipation. I finally admitted to myself that I'll never read them all, and keeping them was making me feel guilty, like I was depriving somebody else of the pleasure. Just dumping them at the local library wasn't good enough. So when I discovered BookCrossing, my problems were solved! I've already sent out 3, and I plan to slap those bookplates on lots of others and drop them off everywhere! It feels so good to know that somebody, somewhere might pick one up and report back. I use a full page label (sticky on one side) that I print the bookplates on. It's so easy! Thanks so much for starting BookCrossing!

by Ed (ED)

I think that BookCrossing is a great idea! I like the idea of knowing where my books or anything else goes after I part with it. I like tracking US currency at wheresgeorge.com and heard about it there. It's a great idea that will let people connect with one another. Keep up the good work.

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