Monday, August 08, 2005

Releasing books into the wild

Ever wonder what to do with books you've read and no longer have use for? We have a lot of these lying around - it doesn't feel right to toss them, but neither does it do much good to stack them up in the basement, never to be read again. Here's one solution:

Many of you wrote in to recommend www.bookcrossing.com for discarded books. The system works as follows:

Read a good book (you already know how to do that)

Register it here (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book

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 journal entries for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it.