BookCrossing Map

Placeholder page for when I start tinkering with mapping options.

Meanwhile, have a look at the BookCrossing category to see random posts I’ve written on the subject and a running list of books I’ve both released and found through the system, visit the official BookCrossing website (referral code included) and try it out for yourself, or read on to see how I “organize” my Bookcrossing books.

I have a system, of sorts, for organizing the books I intend to release to Bookcrossing.

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On the shelf unit pictured above, the very top shelf is merely for DVDs–movies, TV shows, etc–that we intend to get rid of at some point in time. Reasons for doing so vary, including duplicates of movies that exist in multiple sets, movies the family no longer wants, or the simple fact that Netflix and limited shelf space has caused me to cut down on what titles I truly want to “own.” (Though if Legends of Tomorrow season 1 had come with the deleted scenes as advertised, and if they hadn’t started dropping that particular feature from other sets, I’d be interested in continuing to purchase the DVDs for the bonus features alone.) In our family, “getting rid of” DVDs usually takes the form of putting together a gift basket with a bag of popcorn for a door prize at some get-together with my parents’ motorcycle group, though some might be donated outright to the local thrift shop.

The next shelf is for assorted books that have been registered to Bookcrossing and labeled, and are merely waiting for the next time I go out to drop one off. Or the next time my parents visit the family member who asked for those books directly, in the case of the titles shown in this photograph.

Another shelf down has those books that I have registered but not yet labeled. Given that I use basic address labels, of which there are ten to a page, I generally prefer to wait until I have ten books in need of labeling before I print another set.

And finally the bottom shelf contains those books that we intend to get rid of but which have not (yet) been registered for one reason or another. Generally these are books that I have just finished reading and have prioritized selecting another book over getting online just to register the previous read, or books that my parents finished and shelved instead of handing them off to me. There are, however, a few that “seemed like a good idea at the time” to buy an entire series before I decided to get rid of aforementioned series… but only after I read the first book to decide if I want to replace them with digital copies.

 

Organizing the books on my to-read list (acquired via the thrift store, a local “outdoor library,” or Goodreads giveaways)? Not so much.

20191030_173517This represents a…. small selection of print copies I’ve acquired in this manner (as well as a few hardcovers I intend to keep but never removed from those piles), in addition to those found on various bookshelves in my room.

At some point after taking this photo, I had to stack more books–by taking hardcovers and large paperbacks off of my shelf units–in front of those two piles of mass markets for the sole purpose of preventing the smaller books from toppling over. Sad to say, despite removing many more titles from my shelf units, the shelves are just as cluttered as before.

Perhaps one day I’ll work down those piles enough that I can begin sorting books based on where I got them from… just so I can accurately report that detail when I register them to Bookcrossing.