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Subject: bookcrossing etiquette
Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:33 AM ET
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I hit return instead of actually typing in my thing here... LOL I am wondering if I get a book with bookcrossing information in it and I intend to keep the book and not pass it on, should I go to the bookcrossing site and do something. I have not yet even ventured to the bookcrossing site to look at it or anything yet.

Thanks.

Allie



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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:38 AM ET
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I am a Bookcrosser. You can go to the site, and make a Journal Entry under "anonymous finder"  along the lines of "This one looks like a keeper!" Once you get a book from PBS, it is YOURS to do with as you please. Keep it, swap it, give it to a friend, donate it, sell it - your call!

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:49 AM ET
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Great! Thanks. I just did not want people wondering if the book disappeared. I was thinking it is probably fine if a book finds a forever home, too. :)

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 9:21 AM ET
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Plus you can mark it as PC which stands for Permanent Collection.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:07 AM ET
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I think the Book Crossing is a neat idea. I wish more people would do it. It would be interesting to see what people think about a book and where it goes.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:37 AM ET
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Is it OK to post a BookCrossing book on here to swap?

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:54 AM ET
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Yes, Ruth. If you read the book condition guidelines, they are fine. Some people have conditions to request that they not be sent, however, so if you have BX registered books, be prepared to turn down a few requests.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 10:55 AM ET
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Maybe I'm being dumb, buy why wouldn't someone want a BookCrossing book?

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 11:09 AM ET
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Some folks just don't like them. Some don't want any markings on their books. But mostly, I think that some folks have received BX books that have been.... well... overzealously marked as BX books.

I have one on my shelf that will likely be a WL book when it's posted. The person who registered it plastered almost the entire outside of the book with BX labels and stickers. While it's within posting guidelines, the book sure is ugly-looking with all those stickers. :-P

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 1:42 PM ET
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Now, the ones that are discreet, where you don't notice a small stamp inside the front cover, aren't bad. It doesn't mar the outside of the book, and more likely to be added to my 'keeper' stash. I don't feel bad about trading those, although I don't if there's a request for no BX books.

I feel that some folks are probably missing out on some great quality books with their no-BX conditions (I mean, ones that aren't overzealously marked). I like your terminology of "discretely marked". I BX a lot of my books, but when I mark them I just put the sticker in the front. Nothing else, except sometimes I'll put a BX bookmark inside if I wild release it. I can't imagine that most folks would object to this marking. But I think a lot of people reject all BX books outright because of the misconception that they've all been mutilated beyond belief. But it's their choice as to whether to accept them or not.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 1:54 PM ET
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I used to use the Bookcrossing ink stamp on the inside front cover, but found that in most cases the ink bleeds/runs a bit when it dries. Moreover, unless the book itself has a very dark front cover, a faint outline of the stamp shows through. I've just bought a pack of 25 labels to affix inside the front cover instead. I would never consider (directly) marking the outside of a book, nor any inside text pages; I have a couple of TBR's where there are author photos and other info taking up the front cover, so those don't get Bookcrossed, period. My policy with regard to PBS is to not register any books showing as WL'ed until after it's been accepted by the requestor without condition. I used to think that I'd PM such requestors that the markings are discreet, and did (s)he want to reconsider? Now I figure that's not worth the trouble.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:22 PM ET
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I usually just write BCID # &  www.bookcrossing.com underneath the number. I figured that was as discreet as I can get.  Sometimes when I am not lazy, I print up very small stickers (1X25/8) but as of late, I just haven't had the time.

I am quite amazed, in the past 2 months I think I have had more journal entries than the previous year added together. I too have  received a few bc books that the person went overboard with & I hate it too, so I can feel for those who dislike that. But I do get a thrill when people journal my books, I love to see if my favorites are their favorites.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:43 PM ET
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I don't BX, but recently got one from here that had a small tasteful label on the inside front cover.  Since it wasn't obnoxiously marked up I took the time to mark it received on the BX site.  I wouldn't be happy if I got a book that had stickers and stamps everywhere.

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 8:38 PM ET
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I've gotten two from PBS, they had the sticker on the inside cover with the small stamp with the number. Those were okay with me. I went to the site to enter them. It'll be awhile before I read them and send them back out. If I were to get one with stickers all over I will change my thoughts about them.

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 1:42 PM ET
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As long as I can read the words of the book, ugly or bookcrossings markings dont bother me..........I prefer cleaner, neater books to be able to repost them and feel I am posting a quality product but If I get free book to read.............who cares.    :0)

Date Posted: 7/27/2007 10:00 AM ET
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I so appreciate the BXers that keep the markings to a minimum.....I will journal those, but not the others.  And if I recieve a book that has the BCID number written on the text pages of the book, I will mark it "received with a problem" as that is against the rules.  Most of the BX books I have recieved have had minimal markings, such as one sticker on the back or the inside cover and maybe a BCID written on the flyleaf.  If I started receiving a bunch that looked like they were used as art projects, I would add a condition to my account.  Thankfully, that hasn't happened.