Book Crossings

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Pro Albuquerque

In these times all of us are looking for ways to save money. I have noticed that there are many of us who love books and reading can be an inexpensive pastime. For those with children it can be a great way to educate as well as to spend quality family time. Obviously, it is a great way to lean things that will help us be successful in business.

I will cofess to being great freinds with the USPS and Amazon.com. I always try to order used books for the recyling valu as well as the cost savings. The mail is going to get delivered anyway so I don't obsess about the energy used to get the book from the seller to me. However, perhaps the most interesting and fun way to feed my book addiction is bookcrossing.

BOOKCROSSING n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. (added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004)

Book Crossingsis a big enough deal to have wound up as a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. If you are looking for a particular tome you can ask for it and someone may send it to you or tell you where they left it. One of the moat fun things is that you can give your book a number and post on the website where you left it or who you sent it to, then track it's travels around the globe. What a great way to have your child study geography!

This is a huge community. In fact, over 750,000 people in 130 countries are participating in this book exchange. There is also an author exchange for all you aspiring writers out there! You can use one of their bookmarks to label your book --or make your own--who knows what business you could generate if your information was on the label in the book?

 

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Michelle Viggiano
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Hi Deb, love this post, love the concept, love you.  It is wonderful you have posted this as people who love books - love to share them,  love to pass them, and live to consume them. The green factor with Book Crossing is one not to be downplayed either.  I am re-blogging this post.  All my kindest regards, Michelle

Mar 21, 2009 04:01 PM #1
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Evelyn Johnston
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What a good idea!  I love to read and I will go check it out...

Mar 22, 2009 09:09 AM #2
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Deborah Wilson
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Hi Deb, I did not know about the book Crossing idea.  I love books, I love reading them over and over. It would be diffficult to leave my books just anywhere.  O.K. Maybe a used book.

Mar 22, 2009 09:07 PM #3
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Janice Roosevelt
Rory Burkhart Team, Keller Williams - West Chester, PA
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Thanks Deb, I'm like you. Do you know bout half.com. I also like to patronize the Senior Center Book Store in our little town of Kennett Square - especially on half-price days

Mar 23, 2009 06:11 AM #4
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Deb Hurt
Realty Pro Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
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Janice, I decided about a year ago that I really needed to get rid of some of my books and I sold almost 300 books on Half.com. It is another great source for recycling books. Thanks for bringing it up!

Deborah, Part of the beauty of BookCrossing is that you can also just send bes you.ooks to people who are looking for them. You can also tell someone that you are leaving it in a particuolar place for them to pick up. It's actually kind of fun to track where it goes after it leaves you. I understand what you are saying though- when people ask me about my home I tell them I live in a library!

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