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BookCrossing is a global book club that crosses time and space. It's a reading group that knows no geographical boundaries. The books we leave in the wild are free... but it's the act of freeing books is at the heart of BookCrossing.

Books are labelled with special identifying code numbers. The labels also have instructions on them.

Butterfly Books collage by Denise Sutherland

Butterfly Books label by Denise Sutherland

I did this collage artwork, Butterfly Books, for an official Bookcrossing book label some years ago. While it is now out of print, you can download and print my free similar book label here:

At you'll find millions of book reviews, book ratings and recommendations, because each time a book changes hands, BookCrossing members can leave journal entries telling the world of their experiences and thoughts on that book. There are over 1.1 million BookCrossers in the world, and over 9 million books registered and travelling around 132 countries.

The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...

Read a book (you already know how to do that)

Register it (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book with these labels, or use my Butterfly Book labels.

Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, hide it in a tree, "forget" it in a coffee shop ...). You will be notified by e-mail each time someone records a journal entry for that book.

It's easy, absolutely free and absolutely private. And masses of fun!