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30 November 2003 @ 06:30 pm
Random Acts of Literacy - Bookcrossing.com  
Last weekend, at the annual meeting of my favourite German language posting board, I learned about what looks like an absolute fun method of getting rid of spare or unwanted books.

To me, the whole concept sounds as simple as brilliant, since it appears to tackle the classic dilemma of any decent, self-respecting book lover ("how can I save my poor, overladen shelves from collapsing without having to commit the criminal act of coldblooded book abandonment?") from an entirely new and fascinating perspective *g* Here is some info taken from the Bookcrossing.com website:

The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...

-- Read a good book (you already know how to do that)

-- Register it here (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book

-- Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget" it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each time someone comes here and records journal entries for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it!

Sounds easy, right? Well it is. It's also a fascinating exercise in fate, karma, or whatever you want to call the chain of events that can occur between two or more lives and one piece of literature. Oh, and we should mention, it's absolutely free and absolutely private, too.

So go grab a book or two from your shelves now (they're not doing anyone any good there, are they?), register them here, jot down our URL and the BCID we'll give you inside the covers, and then give them away or leave them where someone will find them.

While I do not own too many books which I'd consider dispensable (two or three German translations of novels I later also bought in English and a few Christmas gifts from relatives who never bothered to ask me about my reading taste) I find the idea of releasing books into the wilderness quite appealing, since there is a certain element of chance and chaos to it *g*
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Cavendishcavendish on November 30th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds really nice! Thanks for sharing :-)
Kathyh: Alanna Giles 3kathyh on November 30th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like the idea too, but I can't help worrying that a book might get wet if I left it on a park bench. If I give it to charity at least I know it will end up sitting happily on a shelf rather than left at the mercy of the elements. It's rather weird that they are inanimate objects and yet I still feel responsible for them!
Cavendishcavendish on November 30th, 2003 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

Right, our local library takes them too, adds the good ones to their stock and sells the other ones.

This, on the other hand, has an adventurous feel to it. Maybe it it like spending the rest of your life a) with your family, b) in an old peoples home, c) as a vagrant on the road ;-)

There is a strong risk though, that people might simply throw the books away. Motto: If it it for free, it it worthless :-((

I guess, you have to choose both place and book very carefully ...

After my exams I'll give it a try, I think.

they are inanimate objects: never ;-))

Kathyhkathyh on December 1st, 2003 02:48 am (UTC)
I guess, you have to choose both place and book very carefully ...

That's what I'd worry about. The only books I want to give away are one's I don't actually like but still feel responsible for.

they are inanimate objects: never ;-))

Poor word choice on my part there I agree *g*. I do love the idea but quail at the thought of sending my poor books out into the great wide world. Some of my husband's on the other hand...*g*