A terrific new site allows you to register your books and then release them into "the wild" for others to find, read, and pass along to others. www.bookcrossing.com
has a very friendly site which allows you to register books or look for books in your area. You get an email notification when someone finds your book and makes a journal entry on the website. You can follow your book's journey through the world.
Keep an eye out for books that I've recently released into the wild.
Oh, that is TOO COOL!!! Usually I donate mine to the library. We had a discussion a while back about people who have tens of thousands of books in their house in crates in the basement. I guess my theory is that I'd rather they were somewhere that others could enjoy, rather than in a "secret treasure hoard" that only I could get to. I really see books as incredibly valuable. So we do have books in the house - about five five-shelf bookcases full - but those are all my reference books mostly, and true classics. The other books I read I'll then donate away to the library. If I really want to read them again, I know where to find them <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
But it sounds really neat to be able to see who else enjoys them instead of just dropping them at a library to be part of the big sea of available books. I suppose it's like the old stamps they put in books to say when they were checked out. I loved getting books and looking to see how many times they'd been checked out before, and what the dates were <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I remember in high school I got hooked on Mary Stewart books, and for some reason the dates on them before mine were like 10 years in the past! I guess there weren't many Mary Stewart fans in my school <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
We too have boxes and boxes of books. Some I've wanted to pass on to others, but not just dump them on the local thrift store. I have about a $75 credit at the local used book store.
I like this idea of being able to pass on books to others. The Athens, AL Quizno's Subs has a sign now announcing that they are an official drop off point. This makes it easier for those looking for books.
In the coming weeks I'm taking a couple of business trips and am looking forward to looking for books in other cities.