If you love your books, let them go
– The New York Times
An unlikely global sociology experiment
– Book Magazine
A modern-day message in a bottle
– San Francisco Chronicle
So I came across this really cool website, BookCrossing.Com while searching online for free books. BookCrossing is a book exchange program that is a little different from most sites where you may ship off your book in exchange for another or receive credits for books mailed in. BookCrosing is essentially the practice of leaving a book in a public space to be found by another who reads and then repeats the practice of leaving the book in a public space to be gained by another interested reader. As of 23 July 2010, Bookcrossing.com had over 871,000 members, with over 6,427,000 registered books. By March 2012, membership exceeded 1,000,000 and the registered book count exceeded 8,500,000. By May 2013, there were 1,855,000 members and 9,710,000 books registered.¹
What an amazing and innovative concept! The aim “is to make the whole world a library.”
How does it work? After registering on the site, you register your book for free and get a unique BookCrossing ID code, this allows you to follow your book wherever it goes. ( when a person finds your book as the designated location they go to website to claim it, which essentially means they are reading it now before releasing it “back into the wild”) There are plenty of options for sharing as well if you do not want to release it into the wild which means a public location designated by you, you can share with certain members or even get creative and make your own designated boxes that are designed for retrieval of books.
Check them out at www.BookCrossing.com
Let me now what you think of the site in the comments below.