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King_Ghidra
19-08-2004, 15:09:18
Don't know if anyone has heard of this before or not, but it's certainly one of the coolest concepts i've heard of...

http://bookcrossing.com/

Debaser
19-08-2004, 15:18:21
It's a nice idea, but what are the chances of stumbling across a 'book crossing' book left on a bench or in a cafe in the illiterate hole that is Reading? Zero. :(

Funkodrom
19-08-2004, 15:52:13
I read about it in the Guardian the other day. Great concept!

BigGameHunter
19-08-2004, 16:43:27
Hey! We do that with neon yellow bicycles in Portland!

I don't know how well a "found" book program would work in this rainy clime, however...

Venom
19-08-2004, 18:13:06
I'm going to ruin it and hoard every book I can get my hands on. Because, let me tell you, there's no one I'm sharing my coloring books.

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-08-2004, 19:42:10
A similar exchange system has worked in Britain for years, but invloves pornographic magazines being left in hedgerows and on railway embankments. It's the Porn Fairies.

Darkstar
19-08-2004, 20:05:42
Around here, we call those... Used Book Stores. You bring in 2 used paperbacks, you can exchange them for free for 2 other used paperbacks. etc etc etc...

MOBIUS
19-08-2004, 20:32:34
I Think I can come up with several books to "free" just to see if the experiment works...

Noisy
19-08-2004, 20:49:59
Explain again this concept of parting with books? Well, OK, I'll buy a spare second-hand 'The Left Hand of Darkness' whenever I see one so that I can pass it on, but actually parting with one of MY books? Dream on.

BigGameHunter
19-08-2004, 22:56:47
Ah, my partner in the new Book Warehouse has been found!

Immortal Wombat
20-08-2004, 08:20:27
I found a "book crossings" book a few weeks ago in a backpacker's hostel. It was a bit crap, so I left a comment to that effect and swapped ir for another one at a different hostel. Pretty cool concept, but I don't think I could ever give away a book.

Funkodrom
20-08-2004, 08:55:18
You have to, can't keep them all forever there isn't enough space in the world. I read about 3 books a week, that's 150 a year which means I've probably read well over 2000 books, where would I keep them?

My dad routinely buys boxes of them from the second hand shop and returns boxes of the shitter ones.

Nills Lagerbaak
20-08-2004, 09:36:08
Originally posted by Debaser
It's a nice idea, but what are the chances of stumbling across a 'book crossing' book left on a bench or in a cafe in the illiterate hole that is Reading? Zero. :(


funny you should say that, but when walkinghome from the retreat the other day I found a stack of books on someones from wall. I helped myself to "The Taliban", did I register it? Did I fuck....but now I've heard about this maybe I shall.....maybe I shall

Nills Lagerbaak
20-08-2004, 09:36:36
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
funny you should say that, but when walking home from the retreat the other day I found a stack of books on someones front wall. I helped myself to "The Taliban", did I register it? Did I fuck....but now I've heard about this maybe I shall.....maybe I shall

Nills Lagerbaak
20-08-2004, 09:37:21
What's going on?!?

Funkodrom
20-08-2004, 09:41:21
You quoted instead of editing. Great idea with The Taliban book. Leave it in London somewhere.

MOBIUS
20-08-2004, 11:03:07
Only problem is I just dropped off a bunch of books to the local library (my way of getting rid of excess books that I don't think will sell on eBay)

Venom
20-08-2004, 12:25:14
Originally posted by Funkodrom
You quoted instead of editing.

And that is hilarious. :lol:

Angelhorns
20-08-2004, 13:15:10
this seemed like a good idea until I remembered someone had invented 'libraries'

Plus I'm fucked if I'm giving away any of my books- I'll just move to a bigger house when I run out of space.

Funkodrom
20-08-2004, 13:17:16
You don't have to give one away, just keep on the look out for something someone else has released.

Angelhorns
20-08-2004, 13:28:20
yes, books is my preciouuussssss!

Immortal Wombat
21-08-2004, 06:23:28
Originally posted by Funkodrom
You have to, can't keep them all forever there isn't enough space in the world. I don't mind swapping books (Exchanges, etc) or borrowing books (Libraries, etc), that way the total number of books I own increases much more slowly, and I still get to read as many as I'd like. But actually decreasing the number of books I have would take an effort of will. At its lowest level, its no different to giving away money. To a charity shop, maybe. Leaving it on a train, no.

Angelhorns
21-08-2004, 20:00:56
I want my own library of shiny new books, not battered old bath soaked greasy paw printed BROKEN SPINED CORNER FOLDED books that some peasant has left on a bench after WRITING in it.
Leaving a book on a bench was in itself a hanging offence when I was a child let alone maligning the book by creasing or staining it. At University I was permanently traumatised by having to write in text books, and I had to seek forgiveness at Waterstones & Blackwells (high church) regularly as well as making donations to Amazon.
ANyone who wants to give away a book to a stranger needs to be psychiatrically assessed and then beaten with a broomhandle for good measure.

Tizzy
21-08-2004, 20:44:24
I've given away loads of books over the last few years. Because of the rubbish library service where I used to live, I ended up buying any books I wanted to read. So I acquired a large amount of books, many of which I would never read more than once, which I then gave away to friends or to charity shops. I got rid of even more when I moved house earlier this year, and now only own the ones I really love, and will read over and over.
I love the idea of passing on books I love to other people, but I'd have to buy new copies of them to pass on, cos I want to keep the ones I've got!

The Mad Monk
21-08-2004, 20:45:53
Books are meant to be read. It makes them happy.

zmama
21-08-2004, 20:58:14
Yup, I've started passing them along after years of hording. Boxes and boxes have left the house, some to charity and some to the used bookstore. It feels good and it leaves some room for new ones :D

Angelhorns
21-08-2004, 23:52:32
yeah I'm just bullshitting- I sell my used ones on Amazon if I know I won't read them again, or give them to charidee if they are unsaleable.
I was however raised to revere books Koran stylee and I can't stand to see books with folded corners, writing or bookplates, marks, ripped covers, bent spines etc. Libraries therefore really upset me. Strangely I do love secondhand bookstores though, maybe because I know they love the books too. I really hate writing in books- I'm just starting a postgrad and I'm woried about the annotation already.
Childhood conditioning is very powerful non?

TCO
23-08-2004, 03:41:39
I don't like the release into the wild aspect. what are the chances that a person who wants that type of book will be the one to see it. Better to use used book stores or book exchanges or libraries or other mechaisms like that.