In addition to being a writer, and a blogger, I am also an avid reader. I read A LOT. Unfortunately I am also a book collecter. Not rare or valuable books you understand, I just don’t like getting rid of a book. Ever. So I was a little sceptical when I first heard about bookcrossing. For those of you who have never heard of it, bookcrossing is an endeavour to turn the world into one huge lending library. The principle is that you register a book at the website, post your comments about it, and then release it in the wild.
That’s right. You leave it out for someone else to find. It’s called read and release. Then the person who finds it goes onto the internet, and enters the registration number that they find in the front cover, and they can see what you wrote, and add their comments. Then ideally they release it as well.
For an example of some of the books I have caught and/or released, visit my bookcrossing page.
It is actually quite awesome. Admittedly many of the books don’t get logged, and you never hear from them again. However I can guarantee that many of them are found and read. When I leave one in a public place, it is usually gone within a few minutes. And the excitement when someone does find your book… you have to experience it. It’s like being part of the world’s largest book club.
On a side note, one of the bloggers I follow had a similar idea, check it out here. His plan is to share books among bloggers, and write notes in the margins, then pass them on. I think that that is also a cool idea. Unfortunately he is in the States, so I can’t take part in that one, but I might investigate something similar here.
Check out both sites, and let me know what you think.