TED and An exciting reading resource-Book Crossing

I have been spending some quality time with my favourite site on the web TED.  This site not only has thought provoking clips known as TEDTALKS:

which incidentally are free and on every subject imaginable.  However, I am spending my summer holidays enjoying a new feature known as TED conversations where people post a question, idea or debate and throw it open to the TED community.  It is thoroughly stimulating and easy to register for.

While on the conversation feature today I was reminded of another great resource this time for reading and sharing books known as bookcrossing.com.  Here is an explanation in their own words:

What is BookCrossing?

It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers. There are currently 946,699 BookCrossers and 8,135,215 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.

What’s our mission?

Very simply, we aim to connect people through books.

How do we do it?

Label. Share. Follow. Breath new life into books instead of letting your old favorites collect dust – pass them along to another reader. Our online archival and tracking system allows members to connect with other readers, journal and review literature and trade and follow their books as lives are changed through “reading and releasing”. Users are able to tag and track their individual books by marking them with BCIDs (BookCrossing Identity Numbers). Each BCID is unique to each book – once it’s registered on our site, the book can then be followed and journaled forever. BookCrossing is free to join and free to play. So don’t be ‘shelf’ish with your books – read and release!

A great idea.  I am about to go through my books and release them once I am back from my summer holidays at the end of August.

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