Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Thing #12--Release and Catch

According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, bookcrossing is defined as "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise".

At BookCrossing you can register a book, and then "release" the book (leave it in a public place) for a passerby to pick up. The "catcher" (finder) can go to the BookCrossing Website and leave notes about the book, then re-release the book so the process can be continued. The goal is to track the progress of the book as it moves from person to person.

Today I released a book. I left it on a bench at a grocery store, and I'll wait to see if someone picks it up and adds a journal entry on BookCrossing.

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