Monday, May 14, 2007

Princess Haiku searches for an invisible book

Welcome to BookCrossing! (detailed information here)

The practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

(added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004)

You've come to a friendly place, and we welcome you to our book-lovers' community. Our members love books enough to let them go — into the wild — to be found by others. Sharing your used books has never been more exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing is a free online book club of infinite proportion, the first and only of its kind. Inside, you'll find millions of book reviews and hundreds of thousands of passionate readers just like you.

Let's get right down to it. You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? gives you a simple way to share books with the world, and follow their paths forever!
The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...

1. Read a good book (you already know how to do that)
2. Register it here (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book
3. 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 a journal entry 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.

If you like what you've heard about BookCrossing so far, and want to share some of your books with the world and track where they go forever, please take a quick minute and Join BookCrossing NOW - it's FREE and ALWAYS WILL BE!


She Who Flies said...

This concept/practice has always fascinated me. I think I might just leave a book behind me next time I go to a coffee shop, sit on a park bench or go for a beach walk...

Princess Haiku, huh, I've just tagged you :-)

mystic rose said...

princess haiku,
ive often wanted to do that.. :)

leave a fav book somehwere so comoene would enjoy it. this could work.. :)

would love to have some book from you come into my hands someday.. :)

what an absoultely thrlling idea atually. :)

Scott said...

Great post and very much appreciate the kind words in support of BookCrossing. We are going to work very hard at the company to provide you and the other BookCrossers a ton of new features and services!
CEO BookCrossing

Naomi said...

This sounds like a brilliant idea. We don't have anything like this in England.

Princess Haiku said...

Naomi, I think they are in England; it is a worldwide project. Check out their homepage.

Scott, thanks for visiting my blog and I am looking forwarding to crossing a book again. I sent a few out and then ended up moving and lost track of it. I have my stamps somewhere; will look around.

The Elderly said...

what an inspiring and enhancing activity.... quite excellent

d. chedwick bryant said...

THis is a great idea, I plan to leave a book and photograph it.

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