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Anybody else get a kick out of leaving books in public places for other people to take?

Asked by answerjill (5672 points ) April 27th, 2011

This is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes, I just leave them out for others to take. Other times, I go a step farther and register and label the books at www.bookcrossing.com

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bkcunningham's avatar

Ahh, I was going to write something silly; but I looked at the link. Really cool. We were just talking about that with balloons and homing pigeons. Anyway, that is a neat idea. What’s some interesting feedback you’ve gotten? How long have you been doing this? What books have you put out, if you don’t mind my asking.

gailcalled's avatar

I leave books, magazines and other small items that some one might enjoy.

Recently, some extra hard cases for eyeglasses
A jar of salsa that was too hot for my tastes
CD’s that no longer interest me.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

What a great idea!
I have left things in library books before :)

YoBob's avatar

Wow, cool link! Kind of like a travel bug, but with attached content.

bkcunningham's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille do phone numbers and suggestive photos count?

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I once found an old handwritten Valentines Day love poem inside an antique book some GI wrote his girlfriend during WWII. It was romantic! ;)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@bkcunningham -Yes,of course! Why haven’t you called??XD
@Cruiser – Did you call him? ;)

marinelife's avatar

I never thought of doing that. I think I value books too much. I have given books to charities and donated them to libraries and collections, but I have never just left one somewhere.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

What a fun program! Thanks for sharing the link. I wish I had known about it before I donated almost all of my books to the local library last year. I sometimes wonder where they ended up.

People leave books behind at hotels all the time. They go into Lost & Found, and if unclaimed after 90 days, they are given away. A few hotels have created a spot in their library or business center where they put the books out with a sign that encourages guests to take one or leave one behind. It would be fun to track those books as well.

answerjill's avatar

Glad to see that there is interest! There are some books that I tend to hold onto forever, but the ones that I leave out for others are usually works of fiction that I haven’t gotten too attached to and don’t think that I am likely to re-read. I get a lot of my books for free or cheap, and when I travel, I tend to leave them behind in faraway places as I finish them. Most often, though, I just leave them right outside my apartment building. It is on a major street and the books are usually snapped up very quickly. Other times, I leave them on public transportation or in transit stations.

nebule's avatar

Seriously?? OH my goodness!!! People actually take them? I’d be more afraid that the book I left would just get thrown in the trash… I have registered though and will get to know more about it as the evening progresses… hoe unbelievably cool though!! Thank you xxxx

bkcunningham's avatar

Remember the book that someone, was it @gailcalled (sorry if it wasn’t you) found and it was autographed to someone? She found it at a booksale near the campus of some older American college. That was a good thread. I thought it was romantic. Some thought it was creepy. Some thought it was…I don’t remember. But it was cool.

everephebe's avatar

I’d love to leave annotated and dog-eared copies of books I’ve read, everywhere in the world.
Mostly I end up just giving them to friends.

janbb's avatar

I’ve read about this and think it’s a cool idea but have not done it yet.

bkcunningham's avatar

What books @everephebe? Let’s do it. I’ll leave some of my Appalachian authors, eecummings, stephan crane and others. Who would you leave?

bkcunningham's avatar

Leave them for stangers. I trust them. Don’t you? If they don’t get it…well; they can have it. By golly. Whatever it is. Humph

gailcalled's avatar

I also leave the t-shirts I get by volunteering. They are men’s sizes, they never fit and yet I can’t bring myself to cut them up for rags.

anartist's avatar

I found a book sitting on top of a trash can on Pennsylvania avenue. Oddly enough it was an early release of a new book I had just been discussing with a friend, and it was a reviewers’ copy, not for sale. I wonder if it got a bad review?

In my condo we have a “swap table” where things occasionally appear in the laundry room. I started it with books I did not want. Gradually it included other things that people valued too much to throw away.

bkcunningham's avatar

We sort of do that in my neighborhood @anartist. I don’t see anything wrong with that. We drive around in golf carts and on trash night, look out. I’ve seen people trying to strap a recliner on a golf cart. LOL

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