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Re: [bookcrossing-30] BookCrossing tips

From: Annulla
Sent on: Friday, January 30, 2009 2:22 PM
FYI, bookcrossing does still offers a few different free PDFs of labels (including pre-numbered labels), that you can print on your own. Here is the page: http://bookcrossing.com/labels

Links to the pdf files are just above the header, "BookCrossing Labels."

- Annulla

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM, Josh Karpf <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank YOU.  In a few months I'll send one out that's even more awesome, explaining stuff much more clearly.

I have a feeling I wrote the original hurriedly, back when I was freelancing and every nonworking, nonbillable hour felt like a bit of a sacrifice.  This version's still pretty dense, but I took out some outdated information (about wishlists) and broke the rest up a bit.

It's easier to edit someone else's work than your own!


On Fri, 30 Jan 2009, Jennifer wrote:

That is an awesome e-mail - thanks!

--- On Fri, 1/30/09, Josh Karpf <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Josh Karpf <[address removed]>
Subject: [bookcrossing-30] BookCrossing tips
To: [address removed]
Date: Friday, January 30, 2009, 8:42 AM

Here are some tips on how to make the most of BookCrossing, which is a great way
not only to get and give books, but to keep track of them after you've
released them.

If you're not on BookCrossing.com already, you can sign up there (it's
free). Once you do that, you can start "registering" books (entering
their ISBN number to get a BookCrossing ID, a "BCID," to write in the
book) and "releasing" them (sharing them at Meetups, scattering them
in the city as several of did after this month's Meetup, or getting involved
in postal-mail exchanges/sharing like "Bookrings" or
"Bookrays.")

Everyone does it their own way. Personally, I never do the Bookrings or
Bookrays because they're a lot of work, but some specialize in those because
there's a greater chance of getting not only a feedback e-mail, but exactly
the book you want, even as just a loan. I love "wild releases,"
leaving my registered books for strangers to find on the subway or in cafes or
free-literature kiosks.  With luck, people will give feedback, after they find
them, by typing the BCID into BookCrossing.com.

BookCrossing sells BCID labels and other gear at:

http://secure.bookcrossing.com/

. . . which is how it covers its expenses. It no longer offers free PDFs of
labels that you can print on your own.  But we've uploaded those to:

http://bookcrossing.meetup.com/30/about/
http://bookcrossing.meetup.com/30/files/

They're designed for purchased blank adhesive labels, but I just print them
up on plain paper, slice 'em up, and use tape.  You can also buy or make
BookCrossing inked stamps.

Some people will only trade books, especially by mail. When you register books
on your BookCrossing home-page "bookshelf," you can say whether each
one is "traveling" (no longer in your possession),
"available" (kept for others to ask for), part of your "permanent
collection" (I do keep the ones I like best), and so on.

If you register a stack of books as "available," then when you search
other BookCrossers' pages for THEIR available books, and find one you like,
you can write them and ask if they'd like to trade for one of YOUR available
books.

Finally, our organizer and I are now looking for bars or cafes where we can not
only meet, but also maintain a free bookshelf, an official BookCrossing Zone
(http://www.bookcrossing.com/crossingzones/promote). Suggestions welcome.
Please also remember the voluntary donation of $1 at each event to go toward
meetup.com fees.  The organizer pays $12-$19 a month to Meetup to run this
group.

Josh



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