So well-known an activity is it that the compound word 'bookcrossing' has now been admitted into the hallowed halls of the Oxford English Dictionary.
There are, apparently, 614,115 people in over 130 countries who have not only heard of it and are busy doing it.
"Doing what?" you ask - supposing you are not one of those 614, 115.
Well, BookCrossers "share their passion for books with the world". This they do by registering books on the BookCrossing site, and then "setting the book free to travel the world and find new readers". So far over 4,200,000 registered books have been liberated... The BookCrossing web-site explains how its done...
I only discovered about the secret plots of these covert bookworms when one of my books was actually BookCrossed...
Leave it on a park bench, at a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym -- anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel next. Track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person.
Join hundreds of thousands of active BookCrossers daily in our many forums to discuss your favorite authors, characters and books in every genre throughout history right up through current releases.
Help make the whole world a library and share the joy of literacy. Reading becomes an adventure when you BookCross!
BookCrosser (or should I say, agent?) 'dicentragirl' issued the following challenge...
BookCrosser 'grubsneerg' duly took up the challenge, choosing two books: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - The Creatures of Narnia by Scout Driggs and C S Lewis Through the Shadowlands by Yours Truly.
The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
When: December 2nd, 2007
How: C S Lewis’ birthday is this week (the 29th) Let’s celebrate by having a book release in his honor. Pick a book by C S Lewis or one that relates to lions, witches or wardrobes/clothes. Release in a clothing store or get creative (think closets etc).
Agent 'grubsneerg' reports:
So, there we are; I now wait with bated breath to find out what adventures Shadowlands gets up to.
I spent all week trying to think of a good place to leave them and I kept coming up blank. Then I read today's newspaper and saw an ad for Staples, the office supply wonderland, and it clicked--C S Lewis' name is Clive STAPLES Lewis, so I left the Sibley book by the staples in Staples at sunset. Then I headed across the street to do some grocery shopping at Giant Eagle. I thought of leaving the other book by the $1 a night DVD rental machine, but I ended up leaving it in the free literature rack in the lobby. Mission Accomplished (x2)!
Meanwhile, you can read the history of BookCrossing here and other articles on the subject here and here.
And, of course, you could even become a BookCrosser.