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  1. 1. BookCrossing – a new method of reading promotion in Poland Aneta Ostrowska e-mail: Student at Institute of Information Science and Bibliology Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland BOBCATSSS 2005 Budapest
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introductio n </li></ul><ul><li>1. Definition s </li></ul><ul><li>2. BC and library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>similarities and differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>motivations and benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>actions and events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Advantages and disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction (1) <ul><li>Why talking about BC? </li></ul><ul><li>A good example of combinig Information Age technologies (e.g.Internet) with books and reading </li></ul><ul><li>International phenomena; </li></ul><ul><li>Has been existing since 2001; </li></ul><ul><li>Still developing - gains new participants (about 300 000), new books (about 1,5 milion); </li></ul><ul><li>!!! BC may become an inspiration for new ways of reading promotion and library development !!! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introdution (2) <ul><li>American web site - :// and its: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>European support site (provides information from: Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Great Britan, Ireland, Switzerland, Finland) -; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish mirror site -; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dutch support site -; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>German support site -; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>French support site - and mirror site -; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italian mirror site - ; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Polish sites - , ; </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Definitions (1) <ul><li>Book Crossing - a social activity involving Internet tools, aimed to encourage people to read and share their books by releasing them. This means registering a book on the web site, which is intended for it, then putting it into a BookRing, BookRay, BookBox, Boglink or just leaving the book often in a surprising public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise and who also have the ability to exchange their opinions in the cyberspace (e.g. forum on the web site intended for them or electronic mail) or during the meetings. Every finding and releasing of a book should be registered in a book journal on the web site to make possible observing released books’ circulations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Definitions (2) <ul><li>BookCrosser – a person, who participates in BC. </li></ul><ul><li>BookRing - a book is released to other Bookcrossers in a circle (ring) and it comes back to the original owner </li></ul><ul><li>BookRay – a book released in a continuous line (like a ray of light) and the book does not return to the original owner. </li></ul><ul><li>BookBox - few books ussually devoted to certain subject. </li></ul><ul><li>BogLink (pl) –BL master collects all the regular adresses of the BookCrossers willing to read a book. Then he decides who should read a book first, later on these person chooses the next reader and asks BL master for his/hers address etc. Before reciving a book nobody knows the next reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Official Crossing Zone – a bookshelf, which has been installed by BookCrossers in a public place like cafe, restaurant, pub, library, school, shop and which is listed on the web site. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. BC and library (similarities and differences) (1) <ul><li>Similarities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection of books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line Catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books may be ‘borrowed’ and read by everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books are labeled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim – promote reading </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>books are gifts items only, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books cataloged by BookCrossers, no standardization, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lending is registered by borrower - user, not by librarian, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No regular store, collection is scattered, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is not able to provide scientific information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>users motivation </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 2. BC and library ( motivations and benefits) ( 2 ) <ul><li>BookCrossers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Litera t u r e mainly for entertainment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Altruism, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serendipity, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adventure, Fun, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymity. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Precisely specified literature for both scientific and entertainment purposes, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guaranty of receiving a book on time. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 2. BC and library (actions and events) ( 3 ) <ul><li>Official Crossing Zone in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Information on BC </li></ul><ul><li>Organize events </li></ul>
  10. 10. 3. Advantages and disadvantages <ul><li>+ reading promotion , </li></ul><ul><li>+ positive reading habits (sharing books with others, discussion on literature), </li></ul><ul><li>+ promotion of participating writers, publishers and libraries, </li></ul><ul><li>+ an attempt to find new ways of combining literature and the Internet (Information Age technologies) </li></ul><ul><li>- Hard for monitoring, so its effectiveness is not possible to measure, </li></ul><ul><li>Some number of books is lost (stolen, destroyed), </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the Internet needed to participate, </li></ul><ul><li>Some publishers afraid to loose profits and writers are afraid of books devaluation. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>BookCrossing may become an interesting subject of research for: </li></ul><ul><li>library and information sciences (e.g. reading habits, users needs, library web sites development), </li></ul><ul><li>psychology (e.g. BookCrossers psychological characteristic), </li></ul><ul><li>sociology (e.g. human interactions in the Internet), </li></ul><ul><li>literature education (e.g. discussions on literature). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Are there any questions?? <ul><li>Thank you very much for your attention! </li></ul>
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