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By now, most of you have seen our recent press release about partnering with The National Library Board in Singapore http://sev.prnewswire.com/books/20070703/AQTU05403072007-1.html
This was truly a historic event in the our company timeline because we now have an entire country's support behind the BookCrossing movement in support of literacy. Over 2,000 books have initially been released throughout the country in taxi cabs, coffee shops and other venues of public transportation. We have already witnessed a tremendous influx of "caught books", journal entries and overwhelming support of this joint initiative through the press, media and Singaporean community. BookCrossing is also very fortunate to have our very own "feet on the street" led by Deidre and Andy in our Singapore affiliate offices http://www.bookcrossing.com.sg/ and I was able to spend some time with them while I was in Singapore, brainstorming on ways we can help increase the awareness of BookCrossing even further in Singapore...and we're not stopping there. We are going to be very aggressive in working with other local, national and international partners, in addition to bringing on other "country" BookCrossing supporters. Thanks again to all of you for helping to create and grow this incredible community of book enthusiasts!

Best Regards,

Scott

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Current Location: singapore
Current Mood: thankful thankful
Current Music: the killers, arctic monkeys

This was simply an incredible convention with hundreds of people participating...again, from around the globe. There were phenomenal author talks that were very moving, given by Christine Coleman, Linda Gillard and Sue Moorcroft. There were three BookSwaps(I participated in my first one and got LOTS of help from other BC'ers!) and it practically came to fisticuffs on several books that many folks wanted...personally, I was trying to bribe members with coffee and chocolate...it didn't work. The book scavenger hunt was comprised of nearly 100 BookCrossing revelers on this past Sunday and its impossible to tell how many books were left throughout Brighton but I would guess at least 750 if not apporaching 1,000. The pictures will start popping up on Flickr so keep an eye out...be on the lookout for the set of photos which provided "divine intervention" between BookCrossers and a vicar whom is now part of the BookCrossing community! Special thanks to Alison(Chelseagirl), Julie(anglersrest) and Michelle(perfect-circle) for an incredible job well done on coordinating this years festivities!
All my best,
Scott

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Current Location: brighton, England
Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Current Music: Ramones and Stones

June 22, 2007


BookCrossing members have now registered over 4,000,000 books since the site began just over 6 years ago. Think about that for a second. That’s over 55,000 books per month over a 6 year period that have been registered in over 130 countries worldwide now…and I do mean worldwide. Some notable releases: the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, the Pyramids, the Arctic Circle and even Mt. Everest's base camp. I pass along many heartfelt thanks from the entire BookCrossing staff and the Support Team for your unyielding passion, dedication and love of BookCrossing....and stay tuned....we have a LOT of good news coming in the next few months!!!

 

Scott
redsoxbookguy

 


The 4,000,000th book registered was The Judas Judge by Michael McGarrity, registered June 21, 2007 at 14:13:16 BookCrossing time by denny08. Wings on us for denny08 in celebration of the event! And congrats, too, to GoryDetails, who closed out the 3 millions of books registered with her own special style: What's Your Poo Telling You?, by Josh Richman, Anish Sheth M.D.

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Current Location: Pleasanton, CA
Current Mood: hyper hyper
Current Music: goo goo dolls

Just back from being on the road on/off for about a month now.  It was incredibly important for me personally, to hear directly from all the local BookCrossing members on what you like, don't like and what you want to see in BookCrossing going forward.  As many of you know first  hand, I'm fanatical about helping anyway I can to make this the best book community worldwide...which brings me to the title of this post, "The BookCrossing Difference".  There are honestly so many things about this worldwide community of book lovers that differentiates it from everyone else out there but there is one central thing that is important to highlight.  That is, the online and offline communities of book enthusiasts you have created.  Sure one of the central elements of BookCrossing is going to the site and registering books, making journal entries and release notes, hitting the forums(and hundreds of thousands of you are there daily!!!) and PM'ing each other...but the one thing that truly differentiates this group is your offline book activities and making that a priority.   Whether its attending the weekly/monthly meetups, grabbing coffee with local BookCrosser's to discuss a new novel that just hit the stores, donating BC books to schools, libraries or other individuals less fortunate...you spend YOUR valuable time helping to support the BookCrossing movement in some way, shape or form offline and you do that in vast numbers all around the world...daily...Thank you.  The people you have touched and reached out to in the online world related to RABCKs, Rings and Rays are thoughtful and meaningful, but the connection and friendships you've established in the offline world...in person...is one of the main reasons imo BookCrossing is so special and unique.  All for now, but as a last note, I am really looking forward to the Unconvention in Brighton England at the end of this month!

Best,
Scott
"Redsoxbookguy"

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Current Location: Seattle, WA
Current Mood: thankful thankful
Current Music: Tesla

This convention absolutely rocked.  BookCzuk and her band of fellow Bookcrossers put together an incredible convention that was attended by BookCrossers from the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, Spain and Germany...I'm sure I'm missing other countries but it was tough to keep track!  I hope everyone enjoyed the sessions as much as I did.  I really enjoyed hearing from everyone else Worldwide that could not make it to South Carolina...we're really trying to make sure we are listening to you and keeping everyone up to date on the status of site features and functionality, partnerships and general direction for 2007 and beyond.  We are by far the World's largest free book club with over 545,000 members in over 127 countries...you should be proud of what you've built and I'll use this forum(as well as our BC forums Worldwide) to keep everyone up to date on our collective activities.

Best Regards,

Scott
"Redsoxbookguy"

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Current Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Current Music: U2