- Books, Literature, and Writing
What do you do when you are finished with a Book?
Do you sell it, Donate it, pass it on to a friend? Especially those books you KNOW you will not read again?
This site is a fun way to run a book club, or just to keep track of your own library to read and have read.
On Bookcrossing you register for free membership, then you are ready to Read register (a book) & Release.
You can also check out what books have been released and go hunt them down.
Its sort of like a Give a Penny take a penny bin.
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Disclaimer: This lens has been written with the experience I have in using Bookcrossing.com. BallyCumber (the stamp in the introduction picture) is a trademark of Bookcrossing.com I have no claim on it, other than to use it as a member of the site. The Brochure pictures, are fro a FREE document I got from the site, and including some of the info9rmation from the 'Bookcrossers guide to the galaxy as I have purchased it, and am only using the info to help you on a large basis (as well as I no longer see the 'Guide to the galaxy' in the store on the site anymore)
Book Crossing by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
What is Book Crossing?
Bookcrossing is a virtual bookshelf, social networking and if you will, a treasure hunt for bookworms. You can use it as a personal library system if a lot of your friends (or book club) borrows from you via controlled release. You can also release the book into the wild so someone can pick it up and you may be surprised at how far some go. A friend mine found a Bookcrossing book at a rest stop, she's from Wisconsin when she was on a road trip and she sent it my way.
April 21st, 2001 Bookcrossing.com was launched & today they have 1,962,401 members known as "BookCrossers" and 9,800,189 books traveling throughout 132 countries. Each year the site has its own convention & 2011 it was taken to Washington D.C.
The team that helps keep bookcrossing going is based in Idaho
For more information here's their about us page
the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up & read by others who can do likewise
Bookcrossing Brochure - page 1
Sadly I was not able to find Official BookCrossing labels on Amazon
but here are some books plates that should work out if only to write the BCID code with a message in it.
Also one I think is really cute... maybe you can even include a library style checkout card, for people to sign & date as it travels.
you can go on the BookCrossing supply store if you'd like to order The bookplates, bookmarks, bags, there is even starter kits.
But you do not need this stuff (though it does help)
Great for Releases
I love using these to lend out books as well as when I've 'freed a book'
You can include the BCID code on it so the others can enter it in the site when they find it as well as write their name. If you want you can even make 'review cards' to slip in with the 'check out' card so others can read a quick summary of what You thought of it as well as anyone else who finds it
Bookcrossing Brochure - page 2
Crossing Guard - How to release a book
- Register the book
Under HOME tab, click on REGISTER A BOOK
- Next is a double 'Threat' you will
A. see a Drop down menu to include the type of location of where you are for Amazon, Or Google if you are where Amazon is not available.
B. see 'SEARCH TERM' This is where you enter the book's ISBN number (where the SCANNER bar is) always better this way as its more direct, then including the title & author.)
if there are 2 ISBN numbers, try one, if it doesn't come up right try the other.)
- After putting that information in the cover of your book should be shown & you can click on the SELECT button.
- Here you enter specific Details...
But most Author, Title, & The ISBN number will already be noted.
Select a CATEGORY - What type of book does it say on the spine? if it doesn't note romance horror etc. Then what do you think is the best way to describe it?
STATUS- please note if you still need to read it, if it is available, has it already been released then it should be under traveling.
RATE- How good or bad it was or that you haven't read it yet.
and Last of all COMMENTS.. basically you can write your review in here. after including this, click REGISTER BOOK
- LABEL IT
afterward, you will see a 3 digit followed by an 8 digit number.
be sure to PRINT this exactly as it looks on your label (some free labels are included in the links section), or book etc.
(you can also print out pre-numbered labels, then you (or the person that finds the book) can include the information)
- RELEASE & share the experience
- FOLLOW watch via your bookshelf (& email alerts) where your books travel
& Happy BookCrossing
FREE BOOKS - Crossing Zone Flyers
"He who destroys a good book kills reason itself."— ~John Milton
What's your favorite way to receive a book?
I love any possible way really if it's purchased, a gift, trade, or a freebie.
I Love it more when someone recommends something I don't normally read & end up liking the book.
What is your favorite way to acquire a book?
A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you.
When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold"
Favorite Way to read a book
Do you prefer to read at the library, on vacation, in a chair or in bed before sleep, upside down while studying? I'd love to hear it.
as for myself... Whatever wherever I can get comfortable. Usually laying down in bed while watching TV between commercials or something that's tuned out as to not be so interesting.
Although I do prefer to read outside during the summer in my beach lounge chair.
(I'll re-type a mini guide they once sold in the supply store. to help you get more of an idea)
That's the official word, but BookCrossing is much more than that. its become a way of life, a passion and a global phenomenon. It's seriendipity, good karma and random acts of kindness rolled into one. book Corrsing has transformed lives through simple sharing of books. A Vibrant international community has formed around this common causem focused on a love of literature.
Book Crossing was conceived on the principlethat two things can change people's lives: the books they read and the people they meet.
We know the concept is a bit foreign: "Wait you want me to give away my book? For free? To Strangers? What's in it for me? The answer it quite simple. Besides the general feeling of elation one gets after doing a selfless, random act of kindness, you'll become part of the world's largest library. books are stepping stones in life, charting here you have been and the interests you have explored. A true book-lover can hardly resist looking at another's bookshelves just for the sheer joy of finding an old friend tucked away there or for discovering a new author of interest.
But a time comes when even the oldest of friends must move on. SO it was for a worm but wel-loved book sitting on the bookshelf. It had been regularly dusted off & read, but over the eyars, the time between reads grew longer & longer. Its owner felt guilty seeing it sit unread upon the shelf. Then BookCrossing came to mind~ here was the perfect way to help this book find a new reader and be more than shelf decoration. Registering the book and labeling the inside front cover with its BCID and the BookCrossingf website address was easy. The book went on a journey to a local coffee shop, where it was placed on a table waiting to be found. Some passed by and ignored it, some looked it over but didn't pick it up. And then the magic happened. Someone picked up the book, smiled brightly and took it home. The miracle ofmaking the whole world a library, one book ata time, had just been repeated.
HOW to get Started
READ a book (ok well you don't have to you can pick one up at the good will or a yard salewll do The point it to find a book & set it free.
READY the book. go to Bookcrossing.com enter tin the information (usually you just need the ISBN number & most of the information comes up. Include what type with the drop down menu and the site will generate the BCID number (Book Crossing ID number) allowing you to track it, think of it as the book's social security number. If the book is already registered on the site, (if there's already a number on the inside front cover) then there' sno need to re-register it, just type the number in the BCID box to let the previous readers know where it is by making a journal entry on the book this can include where you found it, where you are (if different) and what your first impressions are of the book. (Then you can go back later and add a review did yo like, love it wish you had the time back? ) if you had to register it, write the BCID number on the Inside front cover of the book with the Bookcrossing.com link then...
RELEASE the book thisis the best part (& fun) Release it somewhere practical- a coffee shop, park bench, the train/bus station or airport, the common room on a college campus, waiting room or you can get creative! Place it in the crook of a tree or under the arm of a statue. (tho' the way some people are it may take a lot longer to find) you can also mail it to a friend or family member & ask them to leave it somewhere. Release a book about extreme hiking at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro! Treasure Island, leave it at the pool or at the beach on your Caribbean vacation. Then sit back, have fun and watch it travel (also if you have the time to sit around & watch the reactions when people find the FREE book) You'll get an email every time your book's been found and journalled. Track it as it travels the world changing hands and lives.
REPEAT with enthusiasm
Give. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. ad make the whole world a library. BOOK CROSS
go to the BookCrossing Link below this box and create a username (which will be visible to all users so don't embarrass yourself)
and Remember the 'R's READ. READY. RELEASE. REPEAT
Glossary of Terms
- Anonymous Finder (AF) ~ someone who has not joined BookCrossing may make an anonymous journal entry on a book as Anonymous Finder
- Ballycumber ~ "ballycumber C. BookCrossing" is the official name of the little yellow running book logo Douglas Adams, author of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, used the term "ballycumber' to refer to any one of the six half-read books lying somewhere in one's bed.
- BCID ~ BookCrossing Identification (BCID) number is generated by the website for each book registered There is a unique BCID fr each individual book on the site.
- Bookring and Book Ray ~ two methods for sharing a single copy of a book with interested readers, usually via the mail. Each participant agrees to read and journal the book, then send it on to the next member on the ring/ray list. The book travels until; the end of the list is reached, and then is returned to the original sender
- OBCZ (Official BookCrossing Zone) Many of the members have made arrangements with local businesses to set up and maintain a sport where BookCrossing books can be found. There is a list of many of the OBCZs world-wide on Bookcrossing.com
- OCZ Official Crossing Zone describes any place a book is left in the wild
- Private Message (PM) PMs give members a secure private way to communicate with each other. No email addresses are ever revealed; only screennames are used. You have the option to turn off PMs should you not wish to receive communications from other members.
- RABCK (Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness) A RABCK is the act of doing something nice for someone - perhaps sending a wished for a book without asking for a trade or postage, a birthday greeting or gift members Plus. hundreds of RABCK occur regularly on BookCrossing and are often done anonymously.
- Release Zone Anywhere a book is left in the wild
- TBR The designation on book Crossing shelves for books "To be read"
- Themed Release often bookCrossers will release a book at a location that coincides with the Title or some other element of the book. a couple of examples would be a copy of Lost In Yonkers, would be left in Yonkers, NY. Leaving a copy of 'The Truth about Cats and Dogs at a veterinary clinic or on the steps of a local animal shelter.
Read & Release Successfully - tips to increase your "catch' rate
If you are still unclear about bookCrossing or have more questions about how it works visit the online forums to get answers and info from Experienced BookCrossers or use the Contact & Support link on the bottom of each page to reach the support team
- Release your book in a public, well-trafficked spot where books are naturally found, such as a coffee shop or waiting room and places where people might have time to read (ex: park bench, bus stop, or hotel lobby) and, while hiding books under rocks or in dresser draws at the furniture store can be fun, its best to refrain from releasing them in secluded or private places
- Add a sticky note to the outside of the cover that reads "I'm Free! Read & Release me. See inside cover for more details!" This action lets folks know the book is not lost, but theirs to take, read & enjoy
- Properly label your book clearly on the inside, or add a sticker and other information about bookcrossing on the cover or inside the book. you can also add a bookmark which tells about bookcrossing (or a pamphlet...contact me for the brochure) )
- Protect your book from the elements by putting it in clear plastic bag before releasing it in the hot sun or drenching rains. bags are also great for hanging books on fence posts or tree limbs
- Its best not to place a book in a situation where leaving it unattended might cause alarm or security concerns (such as at airport gates or government facilities)
- This one is my favorite, but its usually in Yellow (or at least the ones I purchased from their store)
- For the last page
"I like a thin book because it will steady a table, a leather volume because it will strop a razor,
and a heavy book because it can be thrown at a cat."~ Mark Twain
(I don't like that cat part.. more a person for me there)
The Bookcrossing Novel
I will admit, I have yet to read this. I have it on my kindle ready to read and is currently FREE for Kindles!
Make your own Labels
Here's the wording you need to include
I should be on a 2x4" size label.
This is a Traveling Book
I've registered this book at Bookcrossing.com so I can track its journey through the world.
Please go to www.bookcrossing.com and enter the BCID to let me know you have found it.
Then read it and/or pass it along for someone else to enjoy.
Enter the BCID at
to see where it's been, then follow where it goes after you.
Read & Release it!
(your user name)
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Bookcrossing Contact Information
291 Syringa Heights
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 USA
I Love feedback & hope you will check out the bookcrossing site, as its one of my favorite sites (besides Squidoo) to use.