Southwark's Stamford Arms is the first central London pub to become an official bookcrossing zone.
The pub, which started bookcrossing just before Christmas 2004, has about 60 books available and hosts meetings once a month for literature enthusiasts who would like to exchange and discuss their favourites.
Chris Miller, the pub manager's wife, said that being a bookcrossing.com zone has "brought new people into the pub", which adds to her husband's idea of "a welcoming environment with all different sorts of people." Membership of the website is not required in order to "catch" a book, as bookcrossing terminology describes it.
Chris first heard about bookcrossing by reading a thread in the London SE1 forum
Bookcrossing.com was started by Ron Hornbaker and is his software company's "labour-of-love". It has since grown to 331,745 members who have exchanged 1,767,891 books in tube stations, restaurants, and countless other locations around the world.
To become a bookcrossing member or exchange zone, go to bookcrossing.com