Thursday, January 23, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Book Trade
The cost of a book is no longer an excuse for not reading. A nationwide program is offering a modern-day library without the late fees .We found some popular best sellers up for grabs... if you know where to find them.
(WSVN) -- Consider it a real cliffhanger.
Some of your favorite titles are now available for free.
But you'll only find them in the most unlikely places.
And you'll only know that place because of something called Book Crossing.com.
"Book Crossing Dot Com is like a world wide book club."
More like a worldwide scavenger hunt.
When people like Laura Almirralla finish reading a book, they register it online, then purposely leave it in a disclosed location for a complete stranger to pick it up.
Laura says, "I've released them in the gym locker room, I've released them in the post office, I've released them in doctors office waiting rooms."
And apparently, so are a lot of other people.
Right now, there are 69 thousand book crossers who have registered 1 hundred 86 thousand books.
And best of all, you don't need money, just access to the internet.
"Basically you just take a book and you label it with a Bok Cossing labels and it travels the world."
Book Cossing has worked so well for Laura, she's even started a similar program for one of her English classes.
And the results are getting straight A's.
One of Laura's students says, "Ipersonally think it has brought us together. We all share a reading bond."
Laura adds, "I'm absolutely delighted w/ Book Crossing. My students get access to great books, its really exciting."
Book Crossing really has become a global phenomenon with participants all over the world including Antarctica and Zimbabwe.
By the way, unlike the trading of Copyrighted music, trading books is completely legal.
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