bookcrossing: n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. (Concise Oxford English Dictionary)
How does it work? Well... Let's start with a brand new book. Say I read it, love it, want it to travel. I simply log it into
So, said book is sitting on the table at Starbucks with a note attached to it saying "I'm not lost. I'm traveling. Read me." How cute is that?! Anyhow, someone is bound to capture it, read it, make notes, and drop it off. The cycle continues. A few months later, I can go onto bookcrossing, enter the unique book id number and see just how far my book has traveled and see how others have enjoyed reading it. Of course, another option is to search out books in the wild and see where they have been.
The website calls itself "The Worlds Biggest Free Bookclub" and I think it's a wonderfully fun idea. Currently there are over 3.4 Million Books in the wild and over half a million members in over 45 different countries. I try to release my books in airports or other countries to see just how far they go. It's slightly reminiscent of the balloon release in grade school. You know, the one where you attach your name and address to a helium balloon and ask it's finder to write a letter to you to see how far it's gone. It's also a neat way to hear of new books and see what others thought of your books. All in all... it's just plan fun.
"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are." John Milton
So read and release folks... read and release...