So how did you find BookCrossing?


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So how did you find BookCrossing?

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Maio 8, 2008, 10:39 pm

I'm not sure how I found I want to say I heard about it through, but it's only a guess. I use it so much now it seems as if I must have always known about it!

Editado: Maio 9, 2008, 1:07 am

Me too! I can't remember ever discovering BookCrossing. It seems as if I've always been a member. :)

I discovered LibraryThing through BookCrossing!

Maio 9, 2008, 4:34 pm

I was told about it by a few people on the BookiesToo book club yahoo group - it took two goes to get me signing up though. Then I got a catch out of my first 3 wild releases, and I think that's what got me hooked!

Maio 11, 2008, 11:47 am

A couple pen pals had mentioned/recommended it. I looked it up a couple years before joining, thought it sounded cool, but didn't actually join at that time. Then gave it a go again later, & have been hooked ever since!

Maio 16, 2008, 11:42 pm

As a postcard collector, I first found out about, which was inspired by bookcrossing. Once I read that I hopped right over to bookcrossing and there I was.

I had already belong to WheresGeorge for yrs before I heard of either of them.

Maio 20, 2008, 9:42 am

I found out about it by Camis who was on a Parents forum I used to visit everyday. The rest is history as they say.

Maio 25, 2008, 12:20 pm

My friend found a Bookcrossing book in the wild and happened to mention it at our book club. One of the ladies there was a member of BC and told us all about it. I was really intrigued, checked out the website, and now it's my # 1 addiction. LibraryThing is #2.

Maio 25, 2008, 2:03 pm

I don't remember where I heard about it. I think I was just messing around with a search engine looking up websites to do with books. I found BC, LT, BM, and PBS all at the same time. Now I live by those abreviations.

Jun 22, 2008, 10:43 pm

I read about Bookcrossing on an forum years ago - took a look at the site and thought it was a cute idea but as I wasn't reading at the time it seemed pretty irrelevant to me.

When I signed up for LibraryThing* I noticed the BCID field and went to and signed up. My first wild release was caught and journalled and now I'm in for life :D

*I can't, however, remember where I heard about LT...

Jun 23, 2008, 8:44 pm

Mine route to BookCrossing was somewhat circuitous. During grad school I was subscribed to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. In each issue there was a pull-out section of all the URLs mentioned in the articles, and I'd circle the ones that looked interesting. One of these was, which mentioned BookCrossing on its About page.

Jun 23, 2008, 10:39 pm

I'm not sure but I think I followed a link from a blog I was reading. I found LibraryThing through BookCrossing.

Jul 24, 2008, 3:25 pm

Message 2: SqueakyChu
Me too! I can't remember ever discovering BookCrossing. It seems as if I've always been a member. :)

I discovered LibraryThing through BookCrossing!

That's funny, I followed you SqueakyChu from here on LT to BC. :)

Jul 24, 2008, 10:19 pm

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Are you going to follow me to BookMooch as well?! That's a pretty neat site if you're in the market for trading books. I learned about it here at LT.

Jul 25, 2008, 7:47 pm

I remember quite well how I found BookCrossing. There was an article in my local newspaper {which, at the time, had a Sunday book section, now gone :(} and I raced home to sign up. Been addicted to wild releasing ever since.

Jul 26, 2008, 9:59 pm

I tried BookMooch, I like FrugalReader better, it is basically the same type of site.
I am glad you got a kick out of it.

Jul 28, 2008, 11:34 am

I caught a bookcrossing book from another member when I requested a book from paperbackswap and have been a bookcrossing member ever since.

Editado: Set 5, 2008, 4:32 am

I saw a news report on TV about Bookcrossing. I was actually away from the TV when it was on but my mom, who knew I liked reading a whole lot, called me to check this story about people who released books and could know where they traveled once they left their hands.

I was fascinated by the concept and joined that same day. I wanted to share my books and I found out there was much more to Bookcrossing than simply releasing books in the wild and was very active that first year, signing up for every interesting bookring that made its way to the forums (big mistake! I had joined at one point over 60 bookrings), posting in the forum like crazy, going to meetings small and big.

I did take a bit of a break from BC for a while (I found out about livejournal and graphic making over there and that consumed even more of my time than Bookcrossing had!) and ended up drifting to the forums of a BC related/unofficial sister site, the defunct BookRelay, which incarnated into (lots of fun book swap games over there). I'm also on Bookmooch.

I make use of Bookcrossing to list my books and see where they've gone, and to sometimes join Bookrings, but I'm not very active in the forums anymore. I need to go back to them. I've missed some really interesting challenges.

Set 5, 2008, 10:52 am

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Great story, Xeyra.

I'm very active with my local BC group, but have rarely returned to their fora since I've discovered LibraryThing!!

Maio 12, 2009, 5:40 pm

Seattle Post-Intelligencer article in the summer of 2003. I joined about a year later.

Jun 1, 2009, 11:08 am

Like suzstina, I found Bookcrossing through Postcrossing. I'm not entirely sure how I found Postcrossing, though! I think I was googling sites to do with postcard collecting.

I've discoverd LibraryThing fairly recently, through BC.

Jun 28, 2009, 1:08 am

There was an article about it in the late Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the summer of 2003.

Jul 5, 2009, 8:10 pm

I've found out about BC not so long ago, when looking through LT groups - there's one for Australian BCers.
Haven't been that long on LT either, found in a new friend's blog...

Jul 5, 2009, 9:52 pm

Welcome both to LibraryThing and to Bookcrossing. Enjoy them. Both are awesome!

Jul 13, 2009, 11:50 pm

I heard about it on the radio (sounds like a song title).
Sounded like a great idea.
Then my sis-outlaw, now my ex-sis-outlaw, mentioned she was releasing books through BC.
Seems to take me a while to get involved in things so a few years later I joined and I've been enjoying it for a couple of years now.

Jul 14, 2009, 12:05 am

(To be difficult, I am tqd over on bookcrossing.)

A friend of mine mentioned it in passing, and I was horrified at the idea of giving away books: leaving them at the mercy of people who might *bend the spines* or *fold over corners*! But the idea obviously fermented in the back of my mind, because a year or so later another friend of mine suggested I come along to this bookgroup thing she'd heard about somewhere. I joined up, and went to the meetup, and the rest is history.

I heard about LT on Neil Gaiman's blog. :)

Ago 14, 2009, 1:45 pm

I read about it in Reader's Digest and had to check it out! Been hooked ever since!

Jan 7, 2010, 2:45 pm

I am not sure how I heard about BookCrossing. I may have found it on here or from a forum I belong to. I know I found LT through the forum and just loved the idea of having a place to list all the books I own and read. I either heard mention of BC on here (probably from SqueakyChu) or from a search I did on google.

Jun 9, 2010, 5:00 pm

I heard about bookcrossing by actually catching a book! We have a free exchange shelf at the university (lots of used clothing, old textbooks, mugs, that sort of thing) and I found a bookcrossing book! (About royalty I think?). Not sure if that counts as catching a 'wild' book or not?

Having just recently moved halfway across the country I had no books to release at the time. However when I went home for Christmas I released quite a few books into the wild. Then I was absent for almost a year, until I found another book on the free exchange shelf. This member released the book in the residence quite a few years before until it made its way into the university. Once I read and released that I became more involved and am now addicted :P

Out 6, 2010, 5:31 am

Knew about it because various fellow book addicts were talking about it. Was somewhat dubious. Already BookMoocher at the time... Nowadays been going to meetups for about 2-3 years and we drink whisky/ cider/ bourbon/ juice/ beer whilst talking crap for hours with a pile of books on the table.

A few of my books got picked up at Swindon Unconvention without me being there. Friends who cull a book from the OBCZ for swag table are fun! :)

Out 11, 2010, 3:54 pm

Via BookMooch. One of the books I received had a BCID. I still do almost all my trading via BookMooch, as I would rather be sure my book goes to someone that actually wants it, but if anything ever stays on my BM inventory for more than six months, then I will do a wild release (hasn't happened yet).