Monday, April 20, 2009

Operative Factors: Book Crossing

I hadn't heard of Book Crossing, until Debbie of readerbuzz held a mini challenge for Dewey's Read-a-Thon this past weekend. The challenge asked us to sign-up for Book Crossing, add a title, and leave our username with our first 3 choices of books from a list that she was trading. I did, because I tell you what, I needed all of the breaks and distraction I could get just so that I could keep my eyes open. After I was done with the Read-a-Thon, I decided to check it out a little more and I really liked what I saw!

Here's the skinny on the process from the website:
Grab a book, any book.

Register it with www.bookcrossing.com and jot its unique BookCrossing ID (BCID) down in the book, along with the website url Get nifty labels here or here. If it's already a BookCrossing book, you can skip this step.)

Read your book and then use the BCID to make a journal entry on it. You'll find a place to do that here on the home page or through the link on the left side bar

Release the book out into the wild and wait for it to write home to you. (You can also give the book to a friend, send it on a book ring etc-- just be sure to make a release note on it when you send it off into the world.)

So, I thought I would share this too-cool-for-school service with all of you, my readers, so that you can have a chance to swap and trade and see where your books end up!

Sign-Up for Book Crossing. Once you do, there is a screen that makes you think that you have to pay for labels and whatnot. You don't have to pay for anything. You can simply write the URL and BCID inside the front cover and explain what the process is to the person you give your book to. So fun, right? Oh and my username is iheartmonster, be sure to add me as a friend.

1 comment:

actonbell said...

I'm always happy to see more people join Bookcrossing! Have fun.

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