Bookcrossing!

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on June 9, 2015 in Libraries

BookCrossing is defined as “the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.” The term is derived from bookcrossing.com, a free online book club which began in order to encourage the practice, aiming to “make the whole world a library.” Anyone who […]

BookCrossing is defined as “the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.” The term is derived from bookcrossing.com, a free online book club which began in order to encourage the practice, aiming to “make the whole world a library.”

Anyone who wishes to participate in “releasing” books, whether leaving it in a public place or passing it on to a friend, must register on the BookCrossing.com website, although there is the option to remain anonymous when “catching” or recording the find of a book. A unique book number is assigned to the book which you write on the book – you then simply leave a book anywhere you like for someone else to take (you use the book number to “release” it online also) . BookCrossing.com users can ‘go hunting’ – this is where a bookcrosser will go to the website to view a list of books that have recently been “released”, then go to the location it was left to “catch” it. Books may also be left “in the wild” in coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and other public places.

There are many active Dublin Bookcrossers and they can see on the bookcrossing website where there are locations that there are bookcrossing books to be found in Ireland – they may make a trip to one of these locations to “hunt” for books. Dublin Bookcrossers also regularly meet up to discuss bookcrossing and books in general.

If you are interested in Bookcrossing you can find further information here. Happy hunting!

By Enid Bebbington