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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Read Release Rinse Repeat

Site: BookCrossing.
Idea: A random book exchange.
Directions: Read a book. Register it on the website. Leave it somewhere for someone to find. Rinse. Repeat.

No seriously, that's it. Neat huh? When you register a book with this site you tell it where exactly you plan on leaving it (in the real, physical, non-internet world) and a unique ID number is generated. You write that number and the web address in the front cover and release your book into the wild. When someone picks it up, they can go to BookCrossing and enter the ID number to see who left it and what their comments were. You can also enter your own comments and once again leave the book somewhere for someone to find. There are currently over 400,000 books on the loose somewhere in the world so you can look up your city and see if there's one near you. I think I might actually try this. If I don't forget. Which I probably will. So remind me, ok?


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Ben said...

Sweet! I love it when the internet world mingles with the real world. That's a great idea.

Question: That script you got from Amazon.com to display those books in your right-sidebar...how did you get it? Looks great by the way.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

What happens if the only books I like are about either Jack The Ripper or the occult history of the Third Reich? I'd be scared of trading books with some 14 year old Harry Potter fan and creating a serial killer.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Sharelle said...

Ben, if you sign up to be an Amazon associate you can build links from their database. you can sign up here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=gw_bt_as/102-8491851-2524950?node=3435371

Ash, this site might be more to your liking: http://www.deathndementia.com/

4:07 PM  
Anonymous David (that one) said...

The slightly awkward thing about using BookCrossing is putting a sticker on the inside of each book telling people to go to your BookCrossing profile.

7:54 PM  

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