Book Crossing Cartoon

About 4 years ago (as you can tell from the art), I was a member of Book Crossing. I went through a flurry of leaving books around New Zealand and waited to see where they popped up (the idea is that you register the book on the website and then wait for the recipient(s) to log in and tell you where the book went).

I waited a long time…

Either they were terrible books, or the people finding them didn’t think much of the book crossing idea.

8 thoughts on “Book Crossing Cartoon

  1. Sometimes I fear that the overlap of the book-reading population and the Internet-using population is not as significant as it is hoped to become. Those who enter into the world of books and literature can’t comprehend why anybody would hesitate to take the plunge, but there will always be a lot of folks who approach a book as a chore or a burden. I have a liking for short story anthologies, myself.

  2. My favourites are novels, mixed in with a bit of non-fiction. I’m currently reading the fantastic “When God Was a Rabbit” by Sarah Winman, which reminds me of growing up here in England and I also loved “Waterlog”, by Roger Deakin, which appealed to my love of wild swimming.

  3. I have one science fiction short story that I’ve adored for years – “Tangents” by Greg Bear (1986). It tells of an intelligent Korean foster kid in California who encounters a brilliant recluse modelled on Alan Turing’s character, had he survived and emigrated to the US. The story manages to explore human nature, enter four-dimensional space, and take a few potshots at modern culture, all in twenty paperback pages. I read some of the author’s novels on the strength of that story.

  4. That sounds great – Alan Turing is getting a lot of press at the moment, because of the treatment he had by the UK government at the time. He probably would have been better off in the US!

  5. Sorry that you were disappointed by BookCrossing, but I suppose I don’t blame you. The journalling ratio on books is very low. I think people can’t believe that they’re really getting something for free…there must be a catch. Is BC going to sell their information (you can post anonymously)? Are we some kind of book cult (yes, people have actually said that)? But I’ve been having a great time posting in the forums on there for almost a decade, meeting some very interesting people. And every now and again, you get to imagine just exactly how your book got from MI, USA to London, England.

    • I think you get what you put into it and you have put a lot more effort in than I did! I would try it again, as I love the concept. Next time, I would do it more regularly and enjoy being a part of a community that gives more than it receives. There is a lot to be said for paying it forward, so to speak. Thanks for taking the time to comment and all the best for all your future book crossings!

  6. There are many things that I like about BookCrossing. I love the excitement of getting an email notification that someone has made a journal entry for a book that I released. I also feel that it is a creative way to encourage people to read something that they might otherwise not consider (or even just read). But the the thing that keeps me from drifting away is the community. BookCrossers are a diverse group, an eclectic collection of people from all kinds of backgrounds, from around the world, but the one thing they have in common is a strong instinct for generosity. This generosity means that travelling BookCrossers can find warm welcomes almost anywhere.

    Here in the greater Washington, DC area, our local BookCrossers meet regularly, sometimes just to talk and share books, but also at local events where we try to promote BookCrossing and to give away BookCrossing books (we’ve been known to give away a thousand books in a single day). Today is a said day for us, as a number of us are headed to a funeral for another local BookCrossing member, who was our biggest cheerleader. In so many ways, BookCrossing has become an extended family for all of us.

    • Did Bookcrossing come before Facebook? It must have been one of the first social networks. It’s great that you are so supportive of one another and shows how important community is, whether online, or off.

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