BOOKCROSSING.COM ENCOURAGES BOOKLOVERS EVERYWHERE TO "READ AND RELEASE"
"Make the world one big library!" says company website.Humankind Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of BookCrossing.com, a fun, free, and first-of-its-kind book tracking website for booklovers everywhere.
"We teach BookCrossers, our members, the '3 Rs' of BookCrossing: to Read, Register, and Release their books for others to enjoy," says Ron Allen Hornbaker, President and CTO of BookCrossing.com's parent company, Humankind Systems. "Sharing books with your friends and neighbors is a natural instinct... what we've done is created a tracking database so that you can see where your books are, and read the journal entries along the way."
BookCrossers register a book by going to the website at www.BookCrossing.com, entering the ISBN number of the book, and getting a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number) that is then written inside the cover (or on a bookmark) along with the website address. Convenient and eye-catching BookCrossing bookmarks can be printed from the website, making the registration process quick and easy.
"It's really quite simple," Hornbaker continues. "And even if you don't want to give your books away, you can register them at BookCrossing.com to have your very own free, virtual bookshelf, complete with your personal reviews, to show the world the books you've read."
Adventurous BookCrossers release their books "into the wild" on airplanes, trains, park benches, bus terminals... wherever the interplay of distance and chance can make things interesting. They're fascinated with the fate, karma, or whatever you want to call the chain of events that can occur between two or more lives and one piece of literature.
More conservative BookCrossers give their books to friends, relatives, or charities, and enjoy reading the resulting journal entries from person to person.