"the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise."
I noticed this site a week or so ago on the del.icio.us popular list.
Just went through the trouble on my lunch break to go set up an account. I'm "johnsu01" there as usual. If you join, you can list me as a referrer, though I have no idea what purpose that may or may not serve.
The idea is that you put a little ID number in a book when you are done reading it. You register it on the Bookcrossing site. Then you leave it somewhere, and you indicate on the site where you left it. Someone else watching that area for releases online will notice it, and come by and get it.
It sounds like a fun idea, and could even be used by some of you small press publishers out there to distribute books.
It could also just be litter, but I'm going to operate for now on the assumption that someone will take the book, even if it is not someone who has any idea about the whole cyberspace scheme that brought the book to be at that location at that time.
I'll give my shelves the once-over tonight and see if there is anything asking to be released immediately. If not, I'll probably do that with Gun, with Occasional Music when I'm done with it (any day now).
Is this a bad idea? Is it giving books to people with enough money to have computers instead of donating them to libraries and Good Will places like I usually do?