My first BookCrossing release.

My First BookCrossing Release

Left book on the “D” concourse, near the check-in counter for gate D18. It’s hidden behind a large garbage can flanked by two recycling bins, as seen in the photo above. Hope someone can find and enjoy it!

What you’ve just read is my first book release on BookCrossing — a free service that I’d heard of previously but never got the chance to try out until yesterday, when one of my kind Moscow hosts asked me to drop off a book somewhere for her.

If you haven’t heard of BookCrossing, here’s how it works:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Register it with www.bookcrossing.com and jot its unique BookCrossing ID (BCID) down in the book, along with the website url Get nifty labels here or here. If it’s already a BookCrossing book, you can skip this step.
  3. Read your book and then use the BCID to make a journal entry on it.
  4. Release the book out into the wild and wait for it to write home to you.

It’s a clever idea and a fairly noble endeavour. BookCrossing makes money from the supplies and such that users purchase at their online store — though you can also tag a book as a member of the BookCrossing network by simply writing in the BCID yourself on the inside front cover.

Though I myself am not so much a fan of paperback thrillers I do make a point of lending out the better non-fiction titles in my collection to worthy friends, and BookCrossing would be a great way to track them as they enlighten friends of friends and strangers beyond.

Can your Kindle or iPad do that?

8 comments:

  1. AC:

    A very cool idea I wish I’d known about before my last move when I had a few boxes of books to give away (left them at the back door of my building where nearly all were scooped by other tenants).

    I wonder if you had any qualms about hiding an object in an airport?

    Ed

  2. AC:

    A very cool idea I wish I’d known about before my last move when I had a few boxes of books to give away (left them at the back door of my building where nearly all were scooped by other tenants).

    I wonder if you had any qualms about hiding an object in an airport?

    Ed

  3. Only that somebody would toss it before it got a chance to be rescued.

    I guess that I hid it near a garbage can didn’t help…

  4. Only that somebody would toss it before it got a chance to be rescued.

    I guess that I hid it near a garbage can didn’t help…

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