Australia’s biggest ‘book release’ in one day Sat. 21 October 06
Leah of www.byokids.com.au tells she was on 7 Sunrise with Mel and Kochie last Monday promoting the Bookcrossing record breaking attempt, which she is coordinating.
“Its free, fun and educational, you just participate in your local area,” says Leah.
What IS bookcrossing?
Bookcrossing came to life in 2001 when Ron Hornbaker had an intriguing idea. It was to release books into the wild and track their progress. He decided the lives that books touched were fascinating, and that setting books free was more fulfilling than hoarding them on a shelf somewhere.
He started a website called www.bookcrossing.com to register and trackbookcrossing every book released. His concept to turn the world into one enormous library has been embraced. The idea is to read books, enjoy them and put them back out into the world for others to enjoy.
The site currently has over 3 million books registered. It is easy to join in, just dust off those old books, log on, register, write the BCID inside the front cover, and then just lose it.
You may want to pass it on to a friend, leave it a bus stop or drop it on a coffee shop table. If you are lucky enough to find a book in the wild, log on so its journey can be tracked.
There is no cost to anyone, and its ‘great karma’.
Here’s how you can join in:
Please note The bookcrossing site operates in American time please disregard their BXtime. As long as you enter your release date as any time within the 24 hours of Oct 21 your book will be included in the count. We’ll be doing the count from the bookcrossing site so you dont need to notify us of your releases just so long as you release the books on October 21 they’ll appear in the count.