As the site says: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single release."
In April 2001 Ron Hornbaker launched a website to share his love of a good book.
The idea is a simple one: Read a book, then instead of tossing it in the trash, giving it to the library, or to a friend, or relative, pass it on to a total stranger!
Do this by leaving it on a park bench ( See picture below: You can't see it but I left a book in a bag, on the bench in the backround, the morining of the 26th. ), in the breakroom at work, on a bus, or train seat, in an office waiting room, a public restroom, or in any number of other public places where the little, or not so little, darling will be found.
Outfitted with a special bookplate, tracking number, and a note explaining the concept so the next person will know what to do if so inclined, the book can be tracked as it randomly travels from city to city, and even nation to nation, around the world.
Over 550,000 people have "released" over 3 million books "into the wild", and the term "bookcrossing" has its own category in the Google Directory, and is listed in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
There are over 32,000 members in CA., and 118 in Orange alone! ;-D
When a book is "Caught" the finder follows notification instructions, and can leave a journal entry, and the person who released the book can get notified by e-mail about the books latest encounter.
The best way to get a feel for what I am talking about is to visit MY BOOKSHELF, and explore the entries for Books that are "Travelling", and the website itself.
One of the many fun aspects is that you can be a "Hunter".
There have been over 1800 books "Released into the Wild" in CA., with 69 in Orange, in the last 30 days, including a few in the last 3 days.
There is a list of countries with books "in the wild." After registering and releasing a book, members have the option of making Release Notes, specifying where exactly (or approximately) they left a book.
People leave books in public, and even not so public spots.
There are actually people traipsing around looking for a particular book! ;-D
Some people have set up what we call Official BookCrossing Zones....
And that has what has finally arrived in Orange County with the 1st such location having opened April 26th during the soft opening of the new Chapman Coffee House just north of Old Towne.