Saturday, December 1, 2007

Free your books!

You've probably heard us mention the Paperback Book Exchange that we have here on campus (if you haven't, read this Library Blog Post to learn more).

For those of you that have donated or picked-up a book, have you ever thought, "Gee, I wonder where this book has been?" or "Gee, I wonder where this book will go?" Well, before you drop off that book at the exchange, register it at bookcrossing.com!

bookcrossing.com is a website dedicated to a global book exchange. All you do is register the book, tell where you are going to leave it, and then check back periodically to see where it has gone.

There are many other things you can do at bookcrossing: rate books, discuss them with other users, or hunt down a new book to read! When someone "releases" a book, it has the status of being "in the wild" and someone else can hunt it down, read it, and then release it somewhere else.

You can look for books by title, author, and subject, or you can look for books released by specific members or even what books are currently "in the wild" near you! Dallas, for example, as of today has 13 books listed and they are in such varied places as DFW airport, the American Airlines Center, a Starbucks, a Sonic restaurant, and even an Ace Hardware location!

Check it out! Who knows what you might find.