BookCrossing - Losing Books for Others to Find, Read, Share, Pass On
In a world that is paranoid about losing things, gathering possessions, hoarding them, and controlling who sees what and when, there is a refreshing example of the power of lost things.
People are paranoid about losing their smartphones, but what if you could meet new friends by deliberately losing books for strangers to find?
This completely changes things around. The first example of this is perhaps the 'message in a bottle' - its sort of an ancient random email using the ocean as the carrier. For more about messages in bottles -
There is another approach based on deliberately losing books. What people do is to take a book that they have read - insert a message and leave it somewhere for people to pick up and read. Its sort of a "Message in a Book" because a note and ID number is inserted as a label in the book (see images).
The motto is 'Don't be selfish with your books - read and release them for others to read! The social networking system is run from a free website Bookcrossing.com.
It is free to join and members can download labels from the site that they can insert in the books. The labels are registered and tracked by the website using a lost and found system - people record where the book was lost and others record where they found the book. Users can tag and track each book by marking them using labels with BookCrossing Identity Numbers (BCIDs), each of which is unique to each book. This number is registered on the site, allowing the book to be followed around the world and potentially allowing the 'loser' to make contact with the 'finders'. Its rather like the chain "message in a bottle". As the book is passed from one reader to the next, it can be tracked and its readers can connect and exchange information.
BookCossing has becomes a World Library with more than one million BookCrossers and more than 9 million registered books travelling throughout more than 130 countries.
The mission of BookCrossing is simple - Their aim is to connect people through books, as they love books and want to share them. Ron Hornbaker with the help of his wife, Kaori, and two co-founders Bruce and Heather Pedersen established the system and site in April 21, 2001. The team that runs the site is based in Sandpoint, Idaho, supported by a huge list of volunteers around the world.
So clear out your bookshelves and breath new life into your books - pass them on to another reader, who may email you with a review. The online records and tracking system mean that members can connect with other readers (if they want to). The site also allows readers to post reviews and submit articles. There are newsletters and lots of other stuff on the website.
So if you love books, and love to lose them to make friends with other book lovers join BookCrossers and start losing those books
Below are the top 10 BookCrossing countries by percentage of total member are:
United Kingdom 13%
© 2012 Dr. John Anderson
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