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BookCrossing

Founded in 2001, BookCrossing encourages people to abandon books so other people can read them for free. It aims "to turn the whole world into a lending library".

The best idea

Story by Evelyn Zechel , Germany

Bookcrossing just loves books as much as I do! Bookcrossing has been the best idea I have discovered in the past few years. It gives me the possiblity to share books with other people worldwide and therefore share our passion for books. It just gives me a shiver when I read how happy someone is…

Physical Objects of Desire

Story by Michael McCafferty , United States

“Physical Objects of Desire!” It is simply amazing how passionate these people are about books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a good book, but mostly what’s on the inside, not necessarily the book itself. Recently, Google released a service which allows people to read online the contents of public domain books which they…

A high standard of literacy

Story by Linda , Spain

There is no fee to join this site, nor has there ever been discussion of this. There has been discussion about limiting the fora to winged members (who may have paid for wings, or who may have had wings gifted). If people simply want a chat room there are thousands available on the Web, of…

Bookcrossing is still a site that cares about peop

Story by Sarra Borne , United States

Bookcrossing is still a site that cares about people. In fact it cares so much that it is going through some growing pains. With over 450,000 registered members and just over 3.3 million registered books, they needed to “temporarily” close some of the non-essential functions to unwinged members. Support has assured us that forum access…

Bookcrossing is a part of my daily life

Story by Anita King , United States

Bookcrossing is a part of my daily life. I love sharing my books with the world. I love the idea that finding a book “out of the blue” might just make someone’s day. Bookcrossing has always been and remains FREE! Server overload recently required a temporary restriction to the discussion forums. The decision was made…

This site has given so much pleasure to so many

Story by Joan , United States

BC is STILL a wonderful site and it STILL cares about books and people! But it costs money to run a website. You can use ALL the basic features of the site except (and only temporarily) the forums, without paying one red cent. This site has given, and continues to give, so much pleasure to…

Keeping a wildly expanding dream alive

Story by Janet , United States

Bookcrossing is still free. The love of books and the whole philosophy of trading, tracking, and wild releasing books is just as wonderful with absolutely no charge. Ron and his crew have done a wonderful job keeping a wildly expanding dream alive. Temporarily the message board is closed to all but supporters, but the other…

I love everything about bookcrossing

Story by Ann Roberts , United States

I love everything about bookcrossing! I love the books, the hunt, the release. I love sharing books and finding out about books I would have never heard of. There is nothing greedy about BC. No website, including this one, is free (network access, servers, programmers, etc. all cost money)…it requires the support of those of…

It was a site that cared about books and people

Story by Danny Fisher , United States

BookCrossing used to be a great site. It was a site that cared more about books and people than anything else. Sadly, in recent months, that has changed. The Almighty Dollar now rules BookCrossing. If you want to use the site’s Forums during a site upgrade, they demand a donation of at least $5. Yes,…

It's given me another way to express my love of re

Story by Evelyn , New Zealand

BookCrossing has given me another way to express my love of reading and introduced me to a community of caring, supportive, interesting and challenging people with whom I can communicate about books and life. I am very grateful to Reno and his team for the effort, skill and love that they have shared with me…

Perfectly good books in a big dumpster...

Story by John R Holt , United States

Book Crossing is one of the best ideas on the web today! The very first day that I was introduced to this program I began to empty my shelves of books. To imagine that books could be distributed in such fashion, it’s great. I used to give my excess books to the public library, because…

I can hardly find the words to explain...

Story by Laura Figueiredo , Spain

What can I say about BookCrossing? It’s more than a hobby, it’s more than an online community, and it’s more than just a book exchange service. Yes, BookCrossing is a great way to meet new friends and talk about great books -and about not so great ones. But it’s oh so much more. I’m learning…

I could not bring myself to throw away a book...

Story by Pam Knobeloch , United States

I have always tried to find a way to “recycle” books. I could not bring myself to throw away a book. They give me such joy! I also could not keep every book I ever got. I began to pass up books, even if they were free (what sacrilege!), just because I had nowhere to…

Incredible

Story by Jo MacIver , United Kingdom

This is the most incredible website (and idea) I think I have ever come across. Reading is something that gives me a lot of pleasure, and it’s fantastic to think that I could be sharing this with someone who may not visit libraries or bookshops regularly. Thank you bookcrossing.com!

The entire concept was brilliant

Story by Genie Mims , United States

BookCrossing is great! The entire concept was brilliant. What a great way to meet some wonderful people and share books at the same time. I can’t begin to tell you how much I look forward to BookCrossing meet ups to meet with my local BookCrossing friends. It’s great fun to see a book travel from…

The best part

Story by Lana Touchstone , United States

The best part is reading the notes of folks who find the books I release. The best was from a mom and son who had just been discussing what he should do with his life and what type of work he should seek when they found “What would Buddha do at work?” left in the…

Has changed my life

Story by Corinne , Netherlands

Bookcrossing has changed my life. That may sound dramatic, and while it isn’t dramatic, it HAS changed my life. In my whole life I have never before met so many warm and generous people in just one year, in just one group, joined by just that one idea of sharing one’s books. My Bookcrossing friends…

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