Monday 23 August 2004 1.42pm
Has anyone else seen the web site http://www.bookcrossing.com
- I recently discovered it through a friend of mine in Australia, and think it's a brilliant idea. The basic premise is that people "release" books into the wild, marked with a sticker stating that the book is free, and inviting people to make journal entries on the book as it travels around.
You register each book that you release, and get a unique number for it - when someone makes a journal entry, you are notified! The site is totally and completely free, although you can support it by buying "release stickers" etc (although they are also available completely free).
You can either release books just in public places or ask local cafes/pubs etc if they'll display a sign, and become an "official book release zone". As a person who constantly runs out of space for books, but hates to get rid of any, this community spirited way of doing it really seemed a great idea. I thought I might try and get a couple of spots around SE1 to agree to be "crossing zones" - any interest from anyone else? cheers Claire.