01.11.2014 - Culture

BookCrossing: read and release

Do you like to read, and your student budget is not designed for the purchase of interesting literature? Join BookCrossing – the international movement for the liberation of books. The motto of the participants – «Read and forgive». They book – it is not a souvenir that gathering dust in the closet after reading a form of knowledge transfer to others.


Party Ideas

Idea BookCrossing – An American expert on Internet Technology Ron Hornbaker. Taking away about 20 books of his own library, a man in 2001 left them in his hotel asking to register on the site and to inform the future of his «paper friends». Book quickly found new owners, but most people who have won the Ronovyh child, ignored inscriptions join the exchange.

However, even after six months in Hornbekera were associates. Site BookCrossing had about 300 active users who are «released» books and popularized the idea among others. Ron’s wife made a sketch of the logo motion – book with hands and feet in motion on a yellow background, which represents the distribution of books world. This symbol participant’s BookCrossing use until now.

However, after 2 years the idea has spread not only throughout America but flew across the ocean to Europe.

European adventure «traveling» books

Initially, the idea fell on Italian soil. One of the trainees daily radio program «Fahrenheit» State of BookCrossing channel told reporters, who immediately picked up the American movement. In the edition of Literature officially «released» the first book. Subsequently, realizing the idea and joined the power that gave members of the movement about 4000 books, which immediately went to the hands. Each book «equip» instruction that told about the basic rules BookCrossing. To spread and joined the said radio program, which reported «free» book.

Another country, which came the idea of «traveling» books in France. Contributed to this director Florentine bookstore Gennaro Capuano, whereby BookCrossing interested local authorities. From its facilities in 2003 at the Salon in Paris, books among road users spread around 2,000 books.

After Italy and France seized the idea of the whole of Europe. The official website of BookCrossing registered over 250 thousand wishing to join the movement, which started up in circulation over one million books.

Traditional BookCrossing. Rules «of the game».

Initially, the movement spread individual supporters left read books in parks, trains, coffee shops or other public places where it was found the next reader. However, the risk that the book is lost will be in the hands of careless or just get the rain was great. So then abroad having BookCrossing shelf, so-called «safe places» where willing or able to put the book.

Scheme BookCrossing – simple. In order to keep the book, you need to register on the site BookCrossing and write about the «issue» books without removing the special number on its flyleaf. A person who takes it must make an entry on the site of the «caught» a book to a previous reader can follow her route. The pages of paper «travelers» people often leave their recommendations, contacts, then share experiences and make friends for readers’ tastes.

Virtual BookCrossing

Recently, more and more popularity gaining virtual BookCrossing. Activists unite in social networks. This is where they are looking to the future owners of your books and «catch» the free book.

The administrator of one of these groups, namely «ON. Read» (BookCrossing Lviv), Roman Chyharivskyy talks about the obvious advantages of virtual forms of motion: «To change the book owner books are specifically knows and what will change. No problems with someone stealing books. People can meet, can talk. We can offer both a book and ask who has a book you want to find. That is also this kind of search engine. No such quality books that change on some scrap paper and so on».

So BookCrossing in recent years much virtualized. Now a few minutes of searching in social networks, and a book – in your hands.

Ukrainian realities BookCrossing

To Ukraine BookCrossing idea came a few years ago. Mostly young people picked up an interesting endeavor Ron Hornbekera. First books left in public places. Later, this idea was abandoned because most of the books disappeared without a trace. Few continued the journey.

Then, based on the European experience, the idea of a little transformed. Activist’s BookCrossing embarked on creating bookshelves. Restaurants, museums, bookstores, libraries – places came to choosing unpretentious.

Movement student Anna Vasiunyk year ago undertook to organize one of the shelves in the bar «drum» (Kyiv). Woman complains: «Brothers – wanting many turned, but not to bring…»

That is why, perhaps, many shelves stop to exist. One of the former active participants Galina Kulik said: «Only when I 4 shelves ceased to exist. A few years later, I am no activity. Those shelves that I helped to form, and the titles that let go – either have not exist or is unknown in what condition. In addition, the books that could still be let go – I think it is better to give to rural libraries». Nevertheless Galina Kulik believes that BookCrossing able to become popular among Ukrainian. For this, according to former activist movement needs only active participants and places save BookCrossing shelf.

Kyiv. In search of existing BookCrossing shelves. Our times

In Kiev, has established more than 27 BookCrossing shelves. This information can be found on the official website BookCrossing. Among them – the bar “drum” bookshop «IS» cafe «Baobab» museum «Ekspermentarium» club “Cupid” and others. Check their condition and we set off.

The question «Where is BookCrossing shelf?» Seller bookstore consultant «E» politely carries us to the end of the hall to a small rack with four dozen books. Man meanwhile introduced in the course of business. To take a book, you must leave something in return. Each book is attached a piece of paper on which record information about the new owner of the book. How often visited by the consultant to the shelf cannot say, «It all depends on the individual. There are even people who bring dozens to get rid of unnecessary literature and do not take anything in return».

Looking present book, we shall see in this. «Structural mechanics», «Legal work in the national economy», «History of the Department of International Relations», «Krinichka» still waiting for the reader.

The Museum of Ticino Paul is not limited to a few shelves, and the needs BookCrossing seen the whole room. Choose here is where. Under the watchful eye of a museum guide reviewing the range of five cases. The girl, meanwhile said: «We have a dedicated page on Facebook, where we are a record of all the books that come to us on a shelf. You can keep track of new additions and to contact us so we postponed it». Principle is the same as any other similar shelves: you bring a book – and you can choose some available. Return or return – matter. In the future, it does traced. The reader should be very interested in the future exchange of the book.

Third place chose by chance. Internet is replete with photos piano bar «drum» which arranged under the shelf for BookCrossing. Traffic is reminiscent of the threshold. In view of institutions – sticker with the logo of motion and labeled «fled into the drum».

Several journals, one book and helmet – that is all set, we saw on the shelf-piano. It does not help us with finding books and waiter who shrugs helplessly to my question about the location BookCrossing shelf. After minute misunderstanding, no help comes another waiter: «Aah. Books? They are everywhere…» Looked. Books huddled there, where they could find a place – on the tables, on shelves in the middle of the room, on the accordion. Ask me about something then it was useless. In addition, we goggle at the waiter left the institution.

Bookshelves for BookCrossing at stops. Soon the streets of the city

At one of the stops in Lviv install BookCrossing shelf. The first bookcase outside the city will be available by the end of May.

The project launched under the slogan: «Give me the book will, most others will have the opportunity to read it».

Its initiators were a group of students, community members «Literary Maneli». Now activists gather books for the implementation of the idea.

One organizer Piklz Angelica says: «Already collected 100 books, books gathering place located in «Medea» and «Communa».

Book collecting thanks to volunteers who bring with them their personal libraries».

In addition, the ongoing discussion that the cabinet order and where to set stops. It can engage all comers.

Case costly – recognized the girl. Due to the first cabinet came from sponsors. On whether this will stop or continue working on the project further, Angelica predict not taken, «Then let’s see if another establish desire is there, but the main thing to stuck. This project is an experiment, as in any city of Ukraine is not like that. In Europe BookCrossing well caught at bus stops and Lviv is a European city, so I think it will succeed».

Virtual BookCrossing in Ukraine

Virtualization motion did not pass, and Ukraine. In social networks, there is no shortage of communities that integrate home BookCrossing. These include as few union supporters of the movement of certain areas («Free book (BookCrossing Ternopil)», «PO_LIT (BookCrossing. Kyiv)»), and all-Ukrainian association with a large number of participants (BookCrossing – Ukraine).

Admin Group «ON. Read. (BookCrossing Lviv)», Community BookCrossing Lviv, founded it a few months ago. During this time, the number of participants exceeded 1000. Guy says that so far limited to the Lviv audience: «For us it started to make our users. Sometimes I send links to similar BookCrossing in other cities. It is already working with us. The idea is so simple and accessible to all who sin not to use it».

Diana Moroz