Thursday, 13 August 2009

Oliver Twist is Looking for a New Home Could it be via Bookcrossing?

I have finally finished reading Oliver Twist and so now he is looking for a new home!
Have you heard of Bookcrossing?
I joined it ages ago and now I cannot remember my login informaiton and/or password!
If you haven't heard about it before, you will really love it!
The idea behind it is to share books for free. But the fun of leaving them is just as much fun as finding them!

Bookcrossing uses the terms, 'caught' and 'released'. But it means the same thing. You either leave a book for someone to find or you find them.
Once you are a member of Bookcrossing, you print out little forms to identify yourself and Bookcrossing and leave it in the book you are about to release. It provides information for the person who 'catches' your book so that they can go to the website and leave information about where and when they found the book.

When I joined Bookcrossing a few years ago, I released some childrens books outside a WalMart in Amherst, New York, among the pumpkin display they had there.
I also released a book in Starbucks, on Main Street in Williamsville, New York.
But my favourite release was a book left in the center of an antique table in an antique mall in Jordan, Ontario, Canada. It was my favourite because I could spy on it from a distance as I walked about the shop, and even from the front door of the place. The woman assigned to monitor the section of the shop in which I had left the book, had a very puzzled look on her face as she discovered it. I am sure she was wondering how it got there since she had not seen me place it there! Curiosity got the best of her and she tentatively picked up the book, but she did not seem to 'get it' when she read the note inside.

But it was so early in the use of the Internet, not many people went on-line for much of anything, and so I never did get any follow-up on the books I released, which was disappointing.
But I may have to register again and give it another try - it is so much fun!
So what do you think I should do? Here are some options:
  • Donate to a charity
  • Release it via Bookcrossing
  • Give it to the first person who comments here that they would like it?
I sort-of like the last option so that one of you, who may never have read it, or who would like to give it a re-read, might have it and then pass it along.
It could be the book that travels from blog-to-blog!

It's good to be better and back!


LiLi M. said...

Hi Maggie good to hear from you again, thanks for commenting on my blog too. I hope you are doing well now. I am pretty sure we have this book, but I never read it. Mmm with fall arriving maybe I should cuddle up at the woodstove and read it, but now we still can do without stoves and central heating. Enjoying the last part of Summer are you? Here the kids have still 10 days off, that is the tail of the Summer vacation. The first one is going to start August 25th and we are so NOT looking forward to that. We all think that we should have a vacation that lasted at least 2 months!
I read about Bookcrossing before and I found out at that time that there even is a dutch department, but I haven't done anything with that information since. Oh I am reading to many craftbooks nowadays. Have a lovely day Maggie!

sweetscarlett said...

Hi Lili!
Reading all sorts of craft books sounds wonderful!
I agree with you about the vacations - a minimum of 2 months is great! I think it should be broken up htough - maybe July and September or May and July. Kids get so tired and bored with so mauch time on their hands.
We are heading to America soon for my daughter's wedding, so I will be off-line (again) for three weeks. But I will come back with a lot of stories!
Take a look for your book and if you cannot find it, then send me your address and I will post Oliver out to you. If you find your copy, the next person to respond and say they want it will get it instead.