The principle of BookCrossing is simple: leave a book in a public place so that it can be picked up and read again by others, who will then do the same, and so on. This practice which took off in the United States is based on a website. "BookCrossers" leave a message indicating that they have released a book in a public place, inviting Internet users to go in search of this book before sharing it and exchanging it with others. Each book is numbered, recorded and its journey can be tracked directly online.
In addition to the exchange and sharing of books, the practice of BookCrossing allows a book to travel and therefore "freeing it" for the person who reads it. This project opens you up to the world as well as others, through discovering places, searching for books, participating in networking and in the community through the love of reading.
The website is a true creator of social ties: networks are developed, and so are the relations with the communities. Books are the basis for all discussions, exchanges and discoveries. The website is translated into a number of languages, becoming a global platform for meeting book lovers.
The Bookcrossing library has readers and participants in a number of countries: United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Australia, France, Portugal, Spain. According to the Bookcrossing website, as of 2011, there are 921 969 BookCrossers and 7 911 260 books travelling to 132 countries.
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