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, sign up there (it's free).
Once you do that, you can start "registering" books by entering their
ISBN number, or title and author, to get a BookCrossing ID, a "BCID," to
write in each book.
Then you "release" them by sharing them at Meetups, leaving them in
public places, or getting involved in postal-mail exchanges/sharing
like "bookrings" or "bookrays? with other BookCrossers.
Everyone does it their own way. Personally, I love "wild releases,"
leaving my registered books for strangers to find on the subway, in
touristy areas, or in cafes or free-literature kiosks. With luck,
people will give feedback, after they find them, by typing the BCID into
BookCrossing sells BCID labels and other gear, such as inked stamps, at
http://secure.boo... m which is how it covers its expenses.
I print free labels from http://bookcrossi... (see also
http://bookcrossi... ). They're designed for
purchased blank adhesive labels, but I just print them
up on plain paper, slice 'em up, and use tape.