Sunday, February 28, 2010

Do You Like to Trade Books?

Swapping Books

I know you are a reader. You wouldn't be here at my blog if you weren't. But do you like to trade books?

I'm a book trader from way back. Bookboxes. Bookrings. Bookrays. Virtual bookboxes. Birthday book clubs. PaperBackSwap. The whole nine yards.

But my favorite book spot is BookCrossing.

What is BookCrossing?

BookCrossing is a way of passing books on to others, like PaperBackSwap, but with an extra bonus that swap sites don't have.

Each book is registered at with a number. Then, if someone finds a book or is given a book, the book can be logged in at BookCrossing and followed. There are bookrings and bookrays for books; one person reads a book and passes it on, and so on. There is a search feature, where you can search for a book you want to read.

BookCrossing is truly international, with members from 130 countries around the world. I have been at BC almost eight years! It has been my favorite book activity. One bookring I started, for librarian Nancy Pearl's book of recommended reads, Book Lust, has been read, journaled, and released by 71 people, all over the world.

Whew! It sounds complicated, but is really, really easy.

I would love to have you join BookCrossing and use me, debnance,  as your reference. I love to trade books, though I limit my trades outside the US, due to cost. I am especially interested in trading for children's books listed in the book, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

So, are you a BookCrosser? What is your BC name? What do you think of BC? Why? Would you like to trade books with me? What other trading spots do you like?

I Won an Award!

The rules of the Beautiful Blogger award are to pass it on to other beautiful bloggers and tell seven things about yourself. Thank you, Nan at Nan's Corner of the Web.

Seven things about myself? I love to learn new things.

Right now, I'm learning about:
1. Spanish 
2. Photography 
3. Puppets
4. Happiness
5. Teaching reading
6. Writing
7. And, of course, Blogging!

I'm passing this award on to...

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  1. I think Book Crossing is a wonderful idea. I used to do for a while but haven't been on their site in some time. I'm devoted to I've a wish list so long when the books finally do arrive I've no idea what they're about or why I ordered them in the first place.

    Tha way they are a surprise. I think it's much more fun.

  2. I know about it. I belong to Paperbackswap. My plate is so full but you make a very appealing case for being active.

    Why did I come by today? I need one more social spot like I need a hole in the head. lol

  3. Congratulations on your award Debbie. It's well deserved. You've had a great two weeks of reading too. I also love the Quangle Wangle's Hat, it's fantastic. I've read The Spare Room as well, and really enjoyed it. The other book of Helen Garner's that I really really enjoyed is one called Joe Cinque's Consolation, nonfiction about a murder trial in Canberra. It was amazing.

  4. I've heard of BookCrossing and it sounds like fun. However, I rarely buy books so I wouldn't have anything to trade!

  5. I do like PBS but I'm not fond of Book Crossing. Making books with numbers and stickers bugs me, especially when I see it in a brand new book. (I like to keep my books pristine)....JMO

  6. Congrats on your award, and thanks so much for passing it on to me!

  7. Thank you very much for the award!

    I use Bookcrossing, though I'm pretty casual about it. I'm mostly interested in releasing books into the wild! I've had a few of my releases caught and tagged, and I was once lucky enough to find a book myself.

  8. Congratulations on your award, and THANK YOU for passing it along to me! :-)
    As far as trading, I like Bookmooch. Ive never used Book Crossing but I'll check it out :-)

  9. My BookCrossing ID is Kauai-Rob. I've had the account for several years but haven't used it. Last month I ordered book labels and am getting close to trying for my first time. Maybe we can do a future swap when I get my act together.

    The book sites I use mostly are Paperback Swap and Bookins.

  10. I don't think I've registered anything new in yonks but I do still try and pass along the books I do have. Might need to go update a whole bunch of statuses now that I think about it!


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