I’m Making a Crossing …


Book Crossing that is, as in, I decided yesterday after months of trying to literally ‘give away‘ 70 plus books for free, to join the online community, BookCrossing.

You can find me here Wry Writer if you want to connect.

BookCrossing is the act of releasing your books “into the wild” for strangers to find, or via “controlled release” to another BookCrossing Member, and tracking where the book goes via journal entries from around the world.

First of all, once you’ve joined for FREE, you register each book that you want to set-free, and get a unique ID number, this BCID allows you to follow your released book where ever it goes, like a book passports of sorts. That is, of course, if the finder of your book takes time out to say hello, I found your book, and let you know where.  But I think most book-lovers will give a response given they just got themselves a “Free” book.

At least, that’s the idea behind all this.

Once you have registered your book, and printed out a free bookplate for your book and fill in the relevant details, it’s then up to you to decide where and when you will release your book into the wild.

“Currently, over 7 million books have been released, worldwide, in over 130 countries.”

Today I will release my very first book—Lindsey Wong’s THE WOO-WOO—and see where it ends up. Who knows, maybe it will go on a grand adventure and travel around the world or, maybe not!

Oh, and next time, I’ll remember to take photos.

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7 Comments

  1. August 14, 2019
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    Alexandra this is a wonderful idea! I tried to create my profile on Book Crossing but it did not work. I guess something to do with my browser so I’ll try later from another browser.

    • Alexandra
      August 14, 2019
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      I love this way of “giving” my books away. And I do hope you get signed up, as like me, I’m sure you have lots of books you can “set-free”. And, of course, share with friends too. 😀

  2. August 14, 2019
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    Oooh, how cool! Where / how did you do that?

    • Alexandra
      August 14, 2019
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      I let this first book ‘go’ into the wild via a Free Little Library in my neighbourhood, Norrie. But, in future, I want to leave books in more touristy areas, as I think they might have a better chance of finding the right home—and do some travelling.

      And, btw, it’s free to sign up and download labels from BookCrossing.com. Check them out. 😀

  3. I’m a bookcrosser too! Well I only released 2 books so far. Unfortunately they were never registered again so after that disappointment I didn’t bother any more. I really do hope they’re cooler in your part of the world and let you know where it’s travelling!

    • Alexandra
      August 14, 2019
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      Oh, how wonderful and yet, how frustrating too, Inge. I’m really hoping that someone will be good enough to say ‘hi’ I got your book. But know that human nature is such that I shouldn’t hold my breathe.

      I guess it’s all down to luck!

    • August 14, 2019
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      Well Inge we will “cross our books” next time I have somthing to unhaul and you are interested 😉

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