Spreading The Word On Secretive Book Swapping Culture

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • MICHELLE SLATALLA New York Times

After all, the idea behind BookCrossing.com is simple. You drop off a book in a public place. Or pick up one someone else left behind. Eventually the whole world becomes one big, free library. More than 600,000 people engage in "catch and release" missions worldwide. I wanted to be one.

BookCrossing.com seemed like poetic justice. The Internet, which threatens to replace good, old-fashioned books with soulless bits of downloadable information that readers have to click through, instead was extending the lives of my paper friends.

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