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Subject: bookcrossing
Date Posted: 9/12/2008 7:43 PM ET
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I've been a bookcrosser a lot longer than I've been a paperbackswaper.  A lot of the books that I trade have bookcrossing ID numbers written onto a tag taped inside the cover.    Understand I am not talking about collectables here, just books to read.  I imagine the reactions must vary from "Cool! I'll make a bookcrossing journal entry as soon as I get the book." to "I hate it so much I rip the tags out and never trade with that person again."  Maybe some people don't care at all.  No one has ever sent me a message back regarding it, so I'd like to get some feedback on how the kind of booktrader who frequents this forum would feel about receiving such a book in trade.   If you don't know what I'm talking about, go visit www.bookcrossing.com.

Thanks for your feedback in advance,

-Tom Hl.

Last Edited on: 9/12/08 7:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/13/2008 10:43 AM ET
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Hi Tom. I'm a bookcrosser, also. But I hate getting bookcrossing books in the trade groups unless I know about it first. It's the one thing I find that PBS falls short on. BookMooch and Frugalreader has book conditions. You said that they weren't collectables but sometimes people collect series or favorite authors, etc....


Date Posted: 9/13/2008 1:34 PM ET
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as long as it's just in that one place, it wouldn't irritate me too much, especially if i knew about it ahead of time.  although if i were planning on getting a keeper copy of something, i'd prefer that not be there.

i would recommend that you add the information you posted into your profile, and also in the new bookshelf header (Go to your Bookshelf, click on the Edit My Public Header at the top) as that way people aren't surprised, and if they don't like it they can always add RCs before ordering so that you can decline the order and they can get the next copy in the system.

since that's within the rules you don't really have to do that, but it's a nice thing to do.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I used to be a member at BX, but most of my books never got journaled. After I joined PBS, I stayed with BX for a while, but it got to be too much "bookkeeping" and I stopped.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I am not a very active bookcrosser but I would make an entry if I ran across a book.  I would not mind getting a bookcrossing book on PBS at all.  If I was trying to get a "keeper" copy I would buy it at Amazon.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 2:19 PM ET
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I love getting bookcrossing.com books, especially when I am not expecting one. Doesn't bother me one bit.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 2:24 PM ET
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It wouldn't bother me at all. I thnk it would be fun to see where a book has traveled.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 9:46 AM ET
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I signed up on Bookcrossing, but I haven't done much there. None of the books I released were ever picked up, so I got discouraged.

I wouldn't mind receiving a Bookcrossing book from PBS, but depending on the book, I might not send it back out. I keep a lot of books because I like to reread. If it was a Bookcrossing book, though, I'd probably be slightly more likely to send it back out, because I'd be reluctant to end its journey.

Last Edited on: 9/23/08 9:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:07 PM ET
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I like bookcrossing books as long as there aren't stickers on the front/back cover (those always catch on the books next to the book on the bookshelf).

I'm a varyingly active BXer.   I got tired of the whining on forums here (there hasn't been any recently *crosses fingers*) and list only an occassional BX book here--usually an already registered at BX book that I notice is WL'd here.  They are rarely journaled, but I find when I send books to other BXers they are rarely journaled beyond 'got it' because everyone has such a TBR pile!   I get better journal entries via wild releasing.   I tend not to journal books I receive via PBS until I've read them--I figure the credit tells the sender it has been received and I don't have to add uninteresting journal entries. I'm sure others have a different take--but if I get them via PBS I feel no obligation to journal til I'm good and ready!

There are a good handful of BXers here.  I think there was a higher percentage earlier b/c this place was mentioned on several BX-related sites early on PBS's life--but PBS has grown a lot!   It has been stated as long as the book meets posting reuqirements, BX books are allowed.  I don't see any real difference between them and ex-library books, or books with bookplates in them.

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 9:59 AM ET
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It wouldn't bother me at all.