I’ve been a member of BookCrossing for about 14 years, and was chuffed that for the first time ever I’ve had a message that someone has “captured” a book I released into the wild, and has bothered to mention it on the BookCrossing web site:
I love reading and found the book in a cottage at Quiver Tree Guest House outside the town of Augrabies. First time I have ever come across Bookcrossing. What an exciting way to share ones books. Looking forward to reading the book and then passing it on.
For those who don’t know, BookCrossing is a scheme for circulating books and sharing them with other readers. Each book is given a number, with a note asking the person who finds the book to pass it on, and note on the web site where they found it, and where they rereleased it.
It seems that I muddled up the places where we left the books during our holiday trip a year ago — we didn’t have Internet access till we got to Cape Town, and so I muddled the order of the places in which we left the books when entering them a week later. But we enjoyed our stay at the Quiver Tree Guiest House, and are glad they left the book available for someone to find. We’ve sometimes wondered whether the books we have left are found by cleaning staff and tossed in the rubbish as just useless stuff that some guest has forgotten.
BookCrossing is an interesting form of social networking, especially if you get to hear what has happened to books you have left lying around. You don’t have to leave them in hotels and guesthouses, they can be left in any public place, or even passed on privately. So if you haven’t joined yet, please consider doing so.