Step 3: Dress your book up

Now it's time to label your book. The label generally goes inside the front cover, where it's likely to be noticed, but unlikely to be ripped out. You can buy labels on BookCrossing.com, print your own, or even write a few lines in by hand. An example of a suitable text:

Hello Kind Reader,

Just a quick note that I've registered this book at BookCrossing.com, so that I can keep up on where it goes, who reads it, and what they thought of it. Please visit www.BookCrossing.com/xxx-xxxxxxxx to make a quick journal entry, then pass the book along to someone else who will appreciate it. We can all track this book's journey and the lives it touches forever more!

Thank You!

Note the x-es. That's where the BCID goes. If you are using a label, make sure the BCID is written or printed on that, too.

The outside of the book needs some attention as well: it should always be clear to finders that the book was not lost, but left on purpose and that yes, they can take it home. So I always put some kind of sticker or label on the front cover and ideally on the spine as well. You'll find some simple free, downloadable examples here, but the BC Supply Store offers them too.
You can also use brightly coloured sticky notes and write a few words on them.

In addition, I like to write the BCID on the bottom edge of the book: it's almost impossible to remove, yet it doesn't interfere with reading. Sharpies are great for this.
Add the website address to that, by writing it down or using a stamp, and you can be pretty sure your book will never lose its tracking number.
Such a cute idea. I think I would be much more inclined to read a random book if I saw this inside the cover than not.
I always add something on outside of the cover too. So that a book that will be released in the wild won't look just like a lost or a forgotten book. <br>Something that's bright, happy colored and ideally with a bookcrossing logo :) <br>So maybe a bright colored I'M FREE! READ ME! and the logo, and protect it. Bright colored post-its and a sharpie are a quick instant way for making these. <br>You could even make the logo or your version of it from an eraser like these http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/6961064566_1a479f57f3.jpg <br>And then add the full instructions and BCID on the inside of the cover... <br>Indeed, fun and addictive. Thanks for making the instructable Moem!
Thanks! I think it's a lot of fun and rather addictive. <br> <br>Yes, that works for me too. In fact, I have read a book for exactly that reason: because I'd found it 'in the wild', and it was a BookCrossing book.
pretty cool idea, I've been setting books and magazines free for years
That's neat! Imagine all the people you've given a nice surprise over the years.
&gt;thumbs up&lt; <br> <br>Much as I love my Kindle, there's nothing quite as tactile as a well-read book.
&gt;blush&lt; Thanks! <br> <br>Trufax. Books are more huggable. And they can be passed on to others in utterly low-tech ways. <br>Of course, the tracking thing adds a bit of tech to it... personally I love that mixture of old and newer media.

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