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Tiago Luz

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Wandering Books

Most of us have a lot of books that spend years on a shelf, don't we? Well', I've come across an idea which I find worth spreading: leaving these books somewhere they're going to be picked up and read by someone else.

I'd like to point out this idea is not mine, it's something that was done by a group of around 10 people, each from a part of Brazil, one of which is a co-worker of mine.

When they bought a book, they would write on one of its first pages something like this: "I'm a wandering book. That means I wasn't born to spend years accumulating dust on a shelf: I'm meant to wander and please as many eyes and minds as possible. Please, after you read me, leave somewhere where I can find a new reader."

I know that some countries have a similar tradition with newspaper, where it's quite common to find papers on bus stops or tram/subway stations. Do you think this idea has any real potential to spread the love for literature?

Topics: Reading sharing

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    Aug 2 2011: Tiago, there is a website already which encourages the wandering book. It is www.bookcrossing.com. You register the book with the site and put the number they give you on the book. Hopefully, the person who finds the book will go to the website and put in the code. This way you can see where your book has traveled. I've 'released' many books into the wild and have some that have gone as far as New Zealand. Many people don't go to the site, but it's still nice to know you're sharing your books with everyone else.
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      Aug 2 2011: Deborah, I think this site has exactly what I had in mind!

      It seems to be available in a wide variety of languages as well, which was my main concern about the idea.

      I'll surely add this to my favorites and will give it a proper look when I have the time to do so.

      Thanks for the feedback!
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      Aug 2 2011: Dear Deborah, thank you for this link. I have been trying to find this site for the last year but couldn't remember.
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        Aug 3 2011: I was in Alaska a few years ago and actually found a Bookcrossing book in Juneau. It wasn't something I was interested in reading at the time, so I left it there for someone else to discover, but it made me happy to know the process works.

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