I’ve been thinking for a couple of weeks that it’s time to cull my books. There’s only so much room on my shelf, after all—and only so much time. But I’ve been tormented into inaction by a single, persistent question: What should I do with my books?
The answer came to me this afternoon as an ad in Mental Floss magazine.
~ make the world a library ~
The idea behind bookcrossing.com is very simple: Register your book on the website. Release your book into the wild. Then watch its travels as literate strangers (or future friends!) pass it on and on.
The basic print-it-yourself bookplates are free. But I loved the idea behind BookCrossing so much that I decided to offer a little financial support by paying to create my own custom bookplates.
So … if you should happen across a book bearing this yin-and-yang smiley face, you’ll know where it came from.
And to all those soon-to-be book recipients out there: Enjoy my treasured books—wherever in the world they may end up.