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Unrequited?

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1lybrari
Mar 9, 2007, 8:56 pm

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2SqueakyChu
Editado: Mar 9, 2007, 10:48 pm

I understand your sentiments exactly.

I finally got tired of wild releasing because I felt that my books were either not appreciated or simply tossed. I did get a very few journal entries but not enough to make my wild releases satisfying to me.

Now instead of wild releasing, I register books and then do any of the following:
1. Give them to friends who may or may not return them to me
2. Send them out on bookrays or bookrings.
3. Take them to a book exchange shelf in a local coffee parlor.
4. Donate them to my local library sale shelf or local Friends of the Library used book stores.
5. Donate them to other charities which collect books.
6. Trade them for something new on Bookins.
7. Hand them to people I don't know at Book Festivals. This is most fun. I did so at the National Book festival in DC this past year. Soon I'll be (with the help of creativeMGE) running a BookCrossing table at a Day of the Book Festival where I'll get to do that again.

In this way, I feel less frustrated and happier that my books are actually reaching people who want to read my previously read books.

Hope this gives you some ideas and leaves you feeling a bit better. After all, it's the weekend!

I try to tell myself it isn't necessarily that the people who are finding my books don't share my lust for books; maybe it's simply that they don't share my lust for the Web.

My reaction to this (I think) is that people don't want to "register" for something in order to read a book. In lieu of being an "anonymous finder", they'd prefer not to deal with the web at all.

3lilithcat
Mar 10, 2007, 12:25 am

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Just because someone doesn't journal your book, doesn't mean they don't share your lust for books. They may simply not share your lust for the internet. In fact, they may not have internet access at all!

Personally, I'd rather have one in a hundred journal entries for a wild release than a 100% "catch" rate for trades, rings or rays.

4cmbohn
Abr 2, 2007, 11:26 pm

I go for a bit of both, myself. I like to wild release, as it's fun to see what happens to the books. But I am happy to trade or start a bookring, if it's one I know other BookCrossers are wanting to read.

CMB

5GingerBoy Primeira Mensagem
Abr 12, 2007, 7:46 am

I'm like cmbohn, I check the wish lists and see if I can send my books to people who want them, but I still wild release as much as possible.

I have noticed that Cliff's wish list website seems to be mainly used by Americans and Canadians rather than the British, probably due to the fact that BC is new over here.

6LyzzyBee
Editado: Abr 16, 2007, 3:07 am

Oi - gingerboy - don't I know you from somewhere?

I use the wishlists if I have a nice book I don't want to wild release (nice copy, fave author, well travelled) and also if I have a bookring on offer without many participants. We also use them like billy-oh for the Not So Secrets.

I love wild releasing though and I've got away from the thing about getting JEs - when I see someone smile as they pick up a book I've left, then that does for me!