Gold Coast BookCrossers

Yesterday I attended the inaugural meeting of the Gold Coast BookCrossers at Kurrawa SLSC. We swapped a few dozen books and wild released in and around the club the dozen or so books left over. A winged bookcrosser from Brisbane, MadamMuck, even attended and filled us in about the Brisbane bookcrossers meetings and the noble art of bookcrossing.

I came across BookCrossing just before Christmas and released a few of my books early this year mainly to friends. It is an excellent way to recycle your books to people that will actually read them and in turn pass them on to others readers. The three Rs of bookcrossing are:

  • Read a good book
  • Register the book at BookCrossing to obtain a BCID (BookCrossing ID number) and write it in the book
  • Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, “forget” it in a coffee shop, etc.)

Readers finding a book are invited to visit the BookCrossing site, enter the BCID and leave their location and comments about the book. This way you can track the progress of your books, and sometimes they travel long distances over the globe.

There are almost 0.5 million bookcrossers around the world with those in Australia being particularly active. Our Gold Coast membership uses a Yahoo group as does Brisbane and the national group.

It occurred to me that it would be useful to have a bookcrossers table somewhere at Bond, possibly in the coffee shop or even the library. Maybe our librarians might like to comment on whether this is something they would want to support?

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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