Advantages Pass books you don't want anymore onto strangers who will appreciate them
Disadvantages It may be a while if at all before the strangers tell you how and where they found your books and what they thought of them!
Love books? Have too many books but can’t bear to throw them away? Then you’ll LOVE this site. I’ve actually been a member for some years now but only recently started to actively use it. It’s a very unusual concept but one that I’ll attempt to explain in this review. Once you get your head around what it’s about, I’m prepared to bet many of you will head over there just to check it out, and a high percentage of you may even become members. It’s absolutely FREE and there’s no requirement to spend any money at all if you don’t want to.
The website is called BookCrossing and can be found at www.bookcrossing.com. It was set up in April 2001 and it is basically a way of giving and receiving books completely free of charge! Many of you may already be familiar with the American site wheresgeorge.com, where a rubber stamp
Well no, actually. Most people finding a book will probably think that someone has mislaid it and hand it in to lost property or other authority. Bookcrossing has thought of this. The site has loads of suggestions for marking a book in such a way as to ensure this doesn’t happen. These include placing post-it notes on the front saying things like “I’m not lost, I’m a free book!” This encourages people to pick up the book, and if they are interested enough to take it home and read it, they will find details inside about why the book was left for them to read and how they can follow up on their ‘find’ at the website.Before it is “released” (i.e. left for a stranger to find), each book has to be registered at the site. Registration assigns the book a unique registration number (known as a BCID, or Book Crossing Identification Number) and marking the book inside with details of the BCID and details of the website ensures that any finders who are interested enough to checkout the website just need to enter the BCID and details of where they found the book.
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