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I Found a Book that wasn't lost... Answered

A lot of people walk past our house, often after spending a little too long in the pub. We also get a lot of kids passing to and from school.

So the occasional piece of litter in the front garden isn't unusual.

Today it was - I found a book. Whole, intact, and deliberately dumped in my garden.

It wasn't chucked away by an annoyed kid, or dropped by an unusually literate drunk, it was "released".

It seems there is a whole community of politely-subversive book-lovers out there, determined to sneak their love onto others. They leave books in unusual, public places for others to find, read and pass on the same way. They meet at BookCrossing.com

It was called Cracks, by Sheila Kohler, not really my cup of tea, but I like the BookCrossing idea, so I've wrapped it in plastic, labelled it up, and it's ready to send on its way. I may leave it in the countryside somewhere.

BookCrossing website



6 years ago

Yay, old thread is old.

How cool, though, that you found a BookCrossing book! I'm currently writing an I'ble on how to use BookCrossing to share and track your books.

I never did hear anything about the book again... :-(

Aww. You still might, though. Some books take years to 'write home'.

I once encounter a similar idea with dollar bills. I got this bill with an ink stamped message asking the bearer to register the bill at a website. There was a form asking where I got the bill and the series number of the bill. According to the recorded history of the bill, it traveled like five different states. I like the book idea better.

My sister did that once... or at least she was planning too. Also, I once found a science textbook stuck in a bush on the way home from school.

When I was hiking in Yosemite a week ago (or two weeks) with my Instructables Robot shirt, I saw the exact same thing! Except the tag was kind of like stickynote formation, but it's awesome! My dumb brother threw it in like a ditch or something.

That's pretty neat! You oughtta find a way to dump it in some other country!

throw it in a bus. Anyone could find it there. If you want to get it to another country, maybe putting it inside a crate on a cargo ship?

The idea is, you're not supposed to aim it at anybody, just put it in a place where it will be found by somebody.

You could always pick an unread book off your shelves, join the site and set the book loose yourself, or look for books loose in Florida.

Maybe you should put it in the post, addressed to "The Member of the Sorting Staff who processes this" and pass it on to the hard working men and women of the Royal Mail.


10 years ago

Sounds like a neat idea- I think there's a germ of a competition (like jailbreak meets message-in-a-bottle) in there somewhere, Weissensteinburg. How far can you get your book crossing book from your home without posting it or driving it yourself? Maybe leave it on top of a petrol pump in motorway services...

While we're on the subject, are you familiar with Book Mooch? It's like a books-only Freecycle. Unsurprisingly most popular in studenty areas, I mooched a good haul from a fellow Cambridge-ite (The God Delusion, Te of Piglet, Sin City, some Garrison Keillor etc.) who was reducing luggage weight before flying back to the states.

Cool! One Time I found a book in the forest and it had the cover torn out and it said it was to be passed around like this in the inside. Cool Idea!