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Australia embraces BookCrossing

Posted by on 15 Feb 2012

News is coming in from across Australia, of city, state and federal governments joining BookCrossing.com as part of their participation in the “National Year of...

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Events

The tour guide

Posted by on 27 Nov 2011

Edwardstreet (or, as she wrote on her name tag, “Edwards Treet”), was the face of the Wellington BookCrossing Unconvention. Sure, there were others on the organising...

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Media

Posted by on 14 May 2013

Thanks to Wombles and awaywithfairies for this.* The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has put up a story about BookCrossing.com. A young journalist made a post in the Chit-Chat...

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Goofs

Posted by on 7 Mar 2012

I buy BookCrossing.com wings every month or so. Five dollars for a month of extra benefits and ad-free BookCrossing is a bargain. Besides, the money goes to support the site’s...

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Recent Posts

Australia’s ABC discovers “Book Sharing”

Thanks to Wombles and awaywithfairies for this.* The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has put up a story about BookCrossing.com. A young journalist made a post in the Chit-Chat forum, was helped into contact with some local BookCrossers, and had a lot of fun with BookCrossers, OBCZs and a spot of wild releasing. I love the OBCZ in the English classroom...

Nerd at Large vs BIBLIO-MAT

Nerd at Large vs BIBLIO-MAT

13 May 2013

I couldn’t resist this tale of bookish adventures in what sounds like a cool and quirky bookshop. Written by one of my longest BookCrossing pals, who also runs a cool and quirky blog: When one of the gals in my book club mentioned it for the first time, buying books from a vending machine didn’t sound all that appealing. The best part of visiting a...

Two educated guesses

No word from BookCrossing.com as to what I did to get suspended, despite me asking a few times. So far as I can see, I’ve done nothing wrong and behaved with more restraint in difficult circumstances than I have in the past, and played far nicer than some in the forums. On reviewing my contributions, I can see two possibilities: 1. A thread about cooking...

In the dark

My previous post, on my surprise suspension from BookCrossing.com, hit a new record for page views on this site. Kind of sad, really, compared to the good news stories I prefer to tell. But there’s a follow-up story now, and this story is that there is no follow-up. I was suspended without warning or explanation, restored a day or two later, again without...

Wings

I buy BookCrossing.com wings every month or so. Five dollars for a month of extra benefits and ad-free BookCrossing is a bargain. Besides, the money goes to support the site’s operation, and I know that it is an expensive business, run with a handful of staff and a team of unsung volunteers. Bruce and Heather Pedersen are the management team, and every...

Guerrilla Libraries

Guerrilla Libraries

22 Feb 2012

John Locke, the director (and so far only staff member) of New York’s Department of Urban Betterment, has set to work transforming the city’s largely obsolete public phones into modular libraries. A custom-built set of shelves slips neatly over the phone in a standard enclosure. The pieces can be pre cut according to published plans, carried as a...

Australia embraces BookCrossing

Australia embraces BookCrossing

15 Feb 2012

News is coming in from across Australia, of city, state and federal governments joining BookCrossing.com as part of their participation in the “National Year of Reading“. This excellent scheme, initiated by Australian libraries, is bringing together libraries, readers, governments, booksellers, schools, writers, the media, and now BookCrossing.com!...

Little House of Stories

Little House of Stories

14 Feb 2012

Just browsing Kickstarter – as one does – and I noticed their featured project, which must surely hit home with every BookCrosser. Kickstarter? Why, it’s a fundraising site, where people with projects, adventures and schemes sell their dream to others, who can kick in a few dollars. If all those donations add up to enough to get the thing...