I was first introduced to traveling books by my father. He’s a member of an organization that, every once and a while, organizes “Book Release Events” in the city.
Have you ever found a book in the street, alone, waiting for YOU to read it? No? Well, maybe you should try to look better, because there are books EVERYWHERE in the world, which have been released in the wild! For example, right now, there are 481 books waiting for you in California, 804 in Spain, 769 in Australia…
If you ever find one of those books, you will recognize it, because all traveling books are labeled and have a Book Crossing ID (BCID).
(See by yourself : http://www.tcs.org/ioport/apr05/label-v2-2×4.gif)
Once you’ve found a book, go on the website www.bookcrossing.com, say where you’ve found it, then read it, and RELEASE IT somewhere else! The book will travel, all over the world, as it is a part of the World’s library.
On the website, you can also go hunting for books, or, my favorite, register a book for free and label it. Once it is done, the book is ready to travel the world, release it and follow its journey on the site. Every time I travel by plane, I choose a great book, and I leave at the airport, wishing that someone who’s going far far away will find it, and take it. Because I think that “spreading book” is a little bit like “spreading love”.