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September 2019



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For numbers, I'm giving you the BCID of a book special to me.
BCID means BookCrossingIdentity, and it's the number a book registered with bookcrossing.com has. With this number its itinerary around the world can be followed, and if people are doing journal entries for it, you can also see where it has been and who has read it and so on.

Bookcrossing is free, non-commerical and international, bringing together book lovers all around the world. If you're interested, don't let you be discouraged by the website - it's neither very practical nor very logical, but the fans are defending it with a lot of love. *g*

Now, this book, A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor, is a special one for me, so I chose a copy of it to register it as my 300th Bookcrossing book. Here is its journal entry including info about the book and why it is so special to me.
Bookcrossers usually release their books into the wild, so everybody can read them, because he basic idea is to make the world a library for everybody. But also sometimes books are simply exchanged, or send on a book ring, which means everybody who signs up for it gets the book in due time, reads it, and sends it on.
I started an international book ring for this book and the second volume to it, and it has travelled literally around half the world, from Germany through some European countries, to South Africa, the U.S.A., Canada (Newfoundland, to be precise), and back to me.


This is so cool! I tried doing Book Crossing a few years ago and got the packet of stuff, but then I never did anything with it. :-(
Best way to start, then! ;o)
Bookcrossers usually release their books into the wild, so everybody can read them, because he basic idea is to make the world a library for everybody.

How interesting! I'd never heard of that.
I came across it by chance, when I saw a public bookshelf that was associated with BC. I've been very active for a couple of years, which I am no longer, but I kept the habit of releasing a book or two wherever I go, filling the public bookshelves when I get there, and collect any books people want to get rid of to register for bookcrossing.
Sometimes we go to one of the local meetups, which is always really nice. If you're interested, there very likely are also some in your area. You don't need to be a member to go, or need to become one, just loving books is sufficient. I've met some really nice people through it.
How fascinating - thank you for telling us about this.
I hope it was not too much advertisement... I should have asked first.
I'd never heard of that. What an interesting idea. And there are 3 Book Crossing locations listed in the city. Hmm... *looks at book shelves*
*g* Yes, it started a bit like this with me. I've given away about one third of my books by now, which were ones I really didn't want to keep, while the rest will definitely stay. And I have space for new books! :oD
Such a great idea:)