Ever heard of bookcrossing? I hadn't either until just recently. A recent contestant on Jeopardy mentioned that she was a bookcrosser, which sounds rather ominous, but really isn't. Intrigued, I checked it out at bookcrossing.com Bookcrossing is a unique concept of releasing books into the wild so that others can find, read, and, hopefully, enjoy them. Books have been left on park benches, airports, hotels...you name it! Some are just sent to other bookcrossers.
Each book released is cataloged with a number generated on the site, tagged (inside the book itself) with that number, and a journal is made to track the book throughout its life. If a book is found, then the person is asked to claim the book on the site as found or captured, and hopefully journal about the event.
So far, I have released a few (new) books. I don't know what, if anything, will happen to them. I don't know if I will ever hear of them again, or if I will ever find a book left by some other bookcrosser. Regardless, I find it interesting to comtemplate books travelling into new dimensions and finding new friends who will enjoy them. If you ever happen upon a book lying on a bench, open it up. It may just be one of the many thousands of books left by bookcrossers from around the world. If so, take it, read it, enjoy it, and maybe even release it again so that another reader can enjoy it, too!
How can you tell it is a bookcrossing.com released book? It will be tagged with a tag that reads something like the following:
Hello Kind Reader,
Just a quick note that I've registered this book at BookCrossing.com, so that I can keep up on where it goes, who reads it, and what they thought of it. Please visit www.BookCrossing.com/221-6903705 to make a quick journal entry, then pass the book along to someone else who will appreciate it. We can all track this book's jpurney and the live it touches forever more!
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