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This book travels!

Posted by
Dimitrios (ATHENS, Greece) on 17 February 2007 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Ιt is amazing, people buy a book, read it, then they place it in a plastic bag for protection and leave it somewhere in the city for anyone to read. This way they share knowledge and show generosity for people who cannot afford to purchase many books. Have you seen a travelling book in your part of the world?

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Nikos from Salonica, Greece

Bookcrossing then!I have heard a lot about it and the truth is that just yesterday I started reading a book that I plan to release after I finish it (Stephen King,Cell the english version).If you are in Thessaloniki,maybe you will read it next!!

17 Feb 2007 8:16am

@Nikos: thank you Nikos, it is a good idea, please leave it near the LEFKOS PIRGOS, next door to the left!

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Great informative shot Dimitrius - Good thing you told us what it is because I cannot read Greek. I find most people in Europe are a lot more versed in English than English or Canadian people are in European languages. Your friend reads Stephen King - I should send him a few! I have many and if I put them out on the streets I would probably get caught and fined for littering. We have a lot of Thrift stores and other names of second hand non-profit stores who welcome books - they sell them very cheaply to people who can't afford them - maybe 50c or $1.00. A new paperback Stephen King would cost around $11.50 Canadian plus tax. ($7 or $8 in the US). I have been a book hoarder for years and love to keep good ones, but just don't have room for any more.

17 Feb 2007 10:44am

@Anne: Be brave Anne, just try to release one by leaving it on a bench in a central park, dont forget to put it on a plastic bag for protection. Take care Dimitrios.

Josie Soho from Noho, United States

Wow Dimitrios, thank you for showing us this. Very cool. We don't do this in the States as far as I know. We have a bookshed at our local rubbish recycling center. People leave books there for the taking but they are not usually current titles.

17 Feb 2007 1:45pm

@Josie Soho: greetings, your idea is very good to offer other people books to read for free, well done, all the best Dimitris

Sidonie from Sydney, Australia

Never - not in Australia! What a thoughtful informative shot and caption. Thanks so much Dimitrios.

17 Feb 2007 2:02pm

@Sidonie: come on Sidonie, go on an write history in Australia, release the first book to travel there, be the first! all the best Dimitrios

purelysnow from Chengdu, China

Wow, what a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

18 Feb 2007 4:32am

@purelysnow: take care purelysnow, is it cold in your part of China?

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Thanks for sharing, I have seen not books but newspapers, magazines that people leave behind in the trains, then someone else comes and takes them to read and leave them again... really nice!

18 Feb 2007 8:02am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: yes it worrks well, greetings Alfredo, remember always to recycle paper...

Behrooz from Tehran, Iran

I like the idea of travelling books very much. Tehran does that in public transportation like buses. You can read the book but you can't take it out of the vehicle. But people take them away sometimes. :(

18 Feb 2007 1:03pm

@Behrooz: it shows that people are thirsty for good reading, regards D

Jen from Jessup, United States

I haven't heard of this in the states, but it's a great idea. I usually just give all mine to a local senior citizen home or to a hospital.

18 Feb 2007 2:48pm

@Jen: this is great too, we do the same here, we sent ours at an orphanege in a city north. Regards D

Shawna from Regina, Canada

I have never heard of this. What a neat idea. I am just blown away with the thought of this. Very neat. Thanks for sharing this.

1 Mar 2007 5:04am

@Shawna: take care Shawna regards to Regina in Canada

Shawna from Regina, Canada

I just thought of some more to add to my comments. I just love that I have found photo-blogging. It brings us and our cultures and the neat things that happen in other countries to our attention. The media is so negative this is so positive. Thanks you.

1 Mar 2007 5:07am

@Shawna: you are most welcome any time to the photoblog world, I completely agree about the media. regards D

Luminita from Kyrgyzstan

I love the idea. :) It's the first time I hear something like this.

31 Oct 2007 5:27am

@Luminita: greetings from Athens Greece, its a fabioulous idea, regards D

1/60 second
ISO 80
38 mm (35mm equiv.)