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Subject: Just a Quick Comment on Book Crossing books - no need to post replies
Date Posted: 3/7/2009 12:13 PM ET
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I just received a book this a.m. - which turned out to be trade-size (a very pleasant surprise as it's by a new-to-me author and had no clue what the book format was), the book itself is in very fine shape but there's what I'd call a discreet white paper label on the front page; since I thought Book Crossing books had all kinds of ID stuff on the outside, etc., I thought this was a tasteful identifier. I started the book while waiting for my bookseller to open her store this morning (like carrying coals to Newcastle), plus I had a small bag of new books from a stop at Wal-Mart before going to the book store - overkill or what?) and the book started out GREAT. No need to worry about RCs on Book Crossing books cuz this one may end up a keeper. Have a great reading day everyone - it's GORGEOUS here in southern New England.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 6:13 PM ET
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 I hope it is ok to Reply, I am happy your BC book was not covered in labels. I tend to just write in the front cover the BC ID# these days. I do love BC!

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 6:51 PM ET
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It's o.k. to reply, Kim. There were some not to positive comments on BC books being received so I thought all those books had blatant stickers on them. I was impressed with the restrained label. If I don't keep the book I'd be curious where people normally leave them. I'd hate to know someone would pick it up off a bench at the mall and toss it in the trash. :(

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 4:14 AM ET
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It varies. Some people go way too overboard with their bookcrossing labeling. They'll put a big sticker in front, stamps on all the edges as well as the first and last pages, a smaller sticker in back, and so on ad nausium. If it's done wisely, you can label a bookcrossing book in a sufficiently noticeable way without making the book seem incredibly defaced or causing it to look as though a three-year-old was set loose on it with stickers and a stamp. Your book sounds like it is a great example of how to do it the right way. I think a lot of people just don't realize that marking the book up in twenty different ways is NOT going to make people more likely to go online and journal it. In fact, it likely has the opposite effect and causes it to be more likely to end up in the trash.

As for where people leave them, it can be pretty much anywhere, but I think that airports and coffeeshops tend to have the best luck, since they're busy places and the customers are more likely to be interested in picking up a book. Unfortunately, the odds of finding out for sure what happened to it (short of sitting across the room for hours to see for yourself) are pretty slim. Only a small portion end up being journaled online after being left, and nobody knows for sure the fate of the rest. They could have gone into the trash (though I hate to believe that too many people would just throw out a perfectly good book) or be taken home by someone, or even just be read right on the spot and left there for the next person.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 6:25 AM ET
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Personally, on the rare occasion that I do register and release a bookcrossing book, I use one of the label bookplates. They're a bit bigger than I would like, but I don't have label paper to print out the smaller labels. Plus, if I just use one of those, and only on the front page, it doesn't have too much of an effect on the appearance of the book, and isn't ugly or gaudy. Just like any bookplate, it's easy to ignore if you want, after the initial first time seeing it. I certainly would never use stickers or stamps inside or outside the book, like some people love to do.

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 2:32 AM ET
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i'm so glad i read this post - i had a book with bookcrossing on it and hadn't checked it out yet. i went to the website and it sounds really cool - i may have another addicition besides PBS.

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 10:04 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/9/2009 10:07 AM ET
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I don't mind the BC labels and stickers so much as the stamps some BC members use. I have one book from here that had book crossing info stamped OVER text in the book. It was bright red ink and seeped through the paper. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until after I'd marked it received.

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 12:05 PM ET
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I've received several BC books here, and all of them had 1 tasteful label on this inside front cover and that was it--I actually almost missed them!  I usually will go to BC and enter my location and that the book has either become part of my permanent collection or has been swapped out on PBS.

I once found a BC book that had been released "into the wild" at a zoo.  It was so cool to find it!  I entered it in BC, and the releaser was doing a release challenge.  Judging from her prior entries, I'm sure she was excited to see that her book was found and journaled.  I didn't rwead it, but passed it along thorugh PBS.