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Author: tmeri Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1491  
Subject: http://www.bookcrossing.com/ Date: 2/1/2004 1:49 PM
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Here is a very inexpensive form of entertainment. It is an unusual library, with locations all over the world. If you like to read, you may enjoy checking out this website:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/


I discovered it by picking up a book in a coffee shop. I was having a cup of tea and chatting with a friend, and I noticed a small bookshelf with a sign above that said, "Free books!" So I took a look and found a book that looked promising and took it home.

The idea behind bookcrossing is that people "set their books free" by leaving them somewhere in public or giving them to a friend or stranger. You can leave them on the subway or in a doctor's office. There are also establishments, such as coffee shops, where the proprietor encourages people to leave or take bookcrossing books. It is good for business, because it draws people in.

To add a book to the library, you simply go to the website and get a number for the book. Write the number and website into the book and leave it somewhere or give it away. Later you can go back and check on the book to see where it is and who might have read it.

This is also a means of reading reviews of books. Sometimes people leave a review of the book they "borrowed."

One thing I think it would be perfect for is taking a long airline flight. I often want to take a book to read, but I hate having to haul it back. With a bookcrossing book, you don't have to bring it back. You can leave it in the terminal waiting area or give it to a departing passenger. That gives you one less thing to carry with you, and it makes it a little more interesting for the people watching the journey of their book.

Of course, on your return flight, if you can pick up another book, so much the better!

- tmeri
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Author: workwayless Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 323 of 1491
Subject: Re: http://www.bookcrossing.com/ Date: 2/1/2004 2:19 PM
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What a wonderful idea!

Some free recycle reading methods I'ved used:

- There's a bookstore I like called Changing Hands, located in Tempe AZ. It sells both new and used books. They will purchase your used books and any deemed non-marketable are put into their free box. How cool is that? And when's the last time you heard about a chain bookstore doing something like that?

- If I wait until mid-morning to hit a coffee shop, there's is usually a few used newspapers available to read. Yes, it's true that I have to pay for something to drink--but I use a punch card to get an occasional free drink.

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Author: LudditeAndroid Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 365 of 1491
Subject: Re: http://www.bookcrossing.com/ Date: 2/13/2004 11:50 PM
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You can leave it in the terminal waiting area or give it to a departing passenger. That gives you one less thing to carry with you, and it makes it a little more interesting for the people watching the journey of their book.

I love the idea, but I don't think anybody should leave any object in a terminal, what with the possibility that someone may think it could be a small bomb or something like that.

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