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A sad state

I am the number one bookcrosser in my city. There are 91 registered members. I have registered and released about 150 books, which is hardly earth-shattering, yet is well above my nearest competitor. If you can call it a competition. Most of the 91 persons registered in this city have registered no books at all - I assume they found a book and dutifully entered a journal note saying so, but while they actually took the time to register themselves (it isn't required) they have not released any books or registered any others.

The top bookcrosser, period, has registered over 20,000 books...wowser. Many bookcrossers register 40 - 50 books a week! I could do more, but I read almost all of the books that I release. I can also not quuite see myself sitting at the computer registering book after book. It can be made simpler by using pre-printed labels (which I use almost exclusively) and then not entering much in the journal, but even then it is one at a time, so if each book takes three minutes that would be 150 minutes a week to register 50 books. I guess that's not so awful...I spend that much time playing FreeCell.



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Dec. 12th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
How does this work? Website?
Dec. 12th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
So glad you asked!


It's for people who love books and love to share them with others. The main activity is "releasing into the wild" - that is, registering a book, putting a sticker into it (with the unique bookcrossing ID) and leaving it anywhere that seems suitable. It's a kick to leave them all over the place. I have left a bunch in my area, as well as in New York and Las Vegas.

Some of the people who find the books actually go to bookcrossing.com and make a journal entry. Most of the books released into the wild are never heard from again -but you never know when one might turn up. Twenty of the books I have released have been "captured" officially this way. Twenty out of almost 150 that I have released. I just figure the more I release the more will get captured.

For those who want a little more control or want to get to know other bookcrossers, there are "controlled releases" - you give the book specifically to someone else you know - and "book rings" and "book rays". Book rings are like boxes where any number of books accumulate, get taken, get left. Book rays are single books that are sent around by way of a list of bookcrossers. I recently joined my first bookray, for The Kite Runner. I got the book in the mail from someone else and read it and then sent it on its way to another person. Of course this sort of thing means postage - a lot more is spent on postage worldwide than the book itself is worth! - but each of us gets to make journal entries, as long or short as we want - and it's fun to watch where the book has been.

More than you wanted to know?
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun! I offload books all the time, esp when traveling -- I might as well stick a sticker in 'em! Thanks!

(Too much info? For a book geek? Surely you jest.)
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