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I love releasing books on benches or at vending machines/ATM's, etc. However, now that the weather in my area is snowy, that cuts down on my outdoor releasing. I have a few indoor spots I can release but nowhere here where I love releasing. I always feel like security cameras are trained on me when I'm inside a store or coffee shop. And I live in the suburbs so that limits the locations a bit. And no OBCZs even remotely close, either.

Does anyone have favorite indoor wild release spots or suggestions?

 

I understand your hesitation to release inside places. I am the same way. One of my favorite places to release is in a restroom IF it is clean. Some of the places I go have really nice sink areas that are perfect for propping a book on. I have also left them on the baby changing tables if it is a children's book or something about parenting. Good luck!

 

I use restrooms too but I always use the BC-release bag or another plastic-bag outside the book for hygienic reasons.

 

My favorite indoor place is the laundry mat. I asked them if I could leave some books and they said yes. It is not a great place to get je's but at least I know the staff is not throwing them away. They also tend to hang around and take a while to get picked up. Also I have been releasing in an unused free paper box in front of the post office,again not many je's but they tend to go fast.

 

 

There are people in our area who come by every so often to clean the bus shelters. Another Bookcrosser who rides the bus said his books have been thrown away by these cleaner people. I'm nervous about bus shelters unless they are very busy so the odds are the books will be picked up before it is thrown out.

 

Maybe you could find out at what hours the shelters are cleaned, and release books right after that?

 

I once left a book in a bus shelter, and was very fast gone. But nobody has logged it in. I also released another book in the entrance of a very tall building, and was also very soon gone. Again, nobody logged it in. Another book I found, read and released was taken by someone, logged in and never released again (this was over a year ago). And these are all my experiences with bookcrossing. I'm on the verge of giving up...

 

> I'm on the verge of giving up...

But you've only just begun! On average, the number of books that are reported as found is 10 - 20%.
That may sound like it isn't a lot, but on the other hand, there's a good chance that the books we have released that are never reported as found, are still found and being read and enjoyed. And isn't that what counts?

 

Some restrooms have a sort of lounge area away from the stalls and sinks. If not, I will leave the book on top of the paper towel dispenser, hand dryer, or other spot far from water.
I often leave books at restaurants - I leave them on my chair so they're not immediately visible by passers-by.
Panera is often a good bet, and most of them are full of ledges.
Gas stations - on top of the pump is usually under some kind of roof.

 

I leave them at my gym in the locker room. They always get picked up before I am done working out. The only bad thing is no one is doing JE on any of them yet!
Also get the same thing at my post office.

 

 

We have a problem with that here in Oregon -- we are, I think, the only state left that does not have self-serve pumps!

 

> We have a problem with that here in Oregon-
> - we are, I think, the only state left
> that does not have self-serve pumps!

No, you're not alone. New Jersey still requires that an attendant pump your gas.

 

> > We have a problem with that here in
> Oregon- > - we are, I think, the only
> state left > that does not have self-
> serve pumps!

> No, you're not alone. New Jersey still
> requires that an attendant pump your gas.


Nope. You all are correct (I almost fell over the first time I was in New Jersey, but I can asure you, Missouri, Nevada, California, Oklahoma, Arizona and many other states have self serve only. What a fantastic idea! My beau and I were in a rather remote part of Arizona, had just read the bestsllers- we got some crap ones at medium price, so I would say a travelere would welcome a supense novel and a "girly" novel for his lady, if that if what she likes. ANYTHING better than blurry tv and books you have already read! (Sorry for typoy I havea 7 pound beast on my laptop.

 

> Sorry for typoy I havea 7 pound beast on
> my laptop.

I hope it's someone you know!!

 

Also, New Jersey.

 

Panera has been a good spot for me too.

 

How about community centers? Senior citizen centers? Hospitals, after-hours emergency medical care places, or dialysis centers? Grocery stores on the racks where they keep free newspapers and brochures? Inside university buildings?

 

Other favorites are train/bus stations.

In future I'm going to release some books to my university under webcam of our computer club, so I can check easily if the book has moved and maybe I can put a link to release note so those who have my town in their release alerts can also check is the book still there.

 

 

The public telephones in the mall, because it's easy to leave the book without anyone noticing it.

 

LynKaye 12 yrs ago
Good Ideas
I leave my books on the benches at the malls (I have about 5 near me that is about an hour drive). I also have a college campus next to one mall - I plan on leaving some of them in the cafeterias.
Everyone is giving such great ideas - I never thought about gas pumps :)

 

Spiegel 12 yrs ago
Re: Good Ideas
> I leave my books on the benches at the malls

I do that too sometimes, depending on the mall. In some there seems to be a security guard hovering near every bench and in one occasion one took the book looking non too thrilled, so now I'm more careful at that place.

 

Thanks so much for all of the ideas here. I'm still new to this so any new locations are a great help.

So far I've released books on park benches, at the post office, inside my bank at the atm machine and on a gas pump at a rest stop on the 401 (Ridiculously busy 4 lane highway here in ontario)

 

 

Y'know, that's a good point. They haven't taken the old phones out of the malls, but I suppose that not as many people use them anymore. So that wouldn't always be a good release spot unless the phones are facing an area where people pass. For example this is one of my usual spots:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4573484

It's on the way to the restroom so plenty of people go through there and can see the book even if they aren't using the phone.

And I have to amend my comment about not being noticed because they certainly notice me standing in the middle of the way taking a picture of the wall. *G* But back when I was *shy* about my BC habit, it worked great.

 

They all have free newspaper racks in the entry way. Books for adults go there. I release books for children on the candy machines or on the mechanical riding things. I've had the best luck with journaled releases in smaller co-op grocery stores.

 

Great suggestions- some I've tried(gas pumps, public pay phones), and others I hadn't thought about (baby changing tables, community center)

I desperately wish I had a laundry mat in the area! I have also always wanted to take a book out of my purse and leave it in the rack with the pamphlets/want ads at my grocery store but haven't been brave enough to yet. Maybe this will be a good kick to get me to do it.

Thank you all for your ideas! As always, I guess the best thing is to try them out and see what works.

 

I have used several of these ideas, I have released in the hospital waiting room, and on tatoo vending machines at the grocery store, we also have a book share at our new Starbucks which makes it easy.
My favorite has to be the hospital. I will consider the gas stations and park benches after the weather clears. Thanks for so many ideas.

 

 

wingBasculawing 12 yrs ago
ATM machines
You can prop one up on top of it so it will be noticed.

Grocery carts - my favorite is to release childrens books in the carts that are specially made for children.

I agree about the bathrooms being a good place, if they are clean.

 

College/unversity buildings
post office
doctor's offices/hospita;s
grocery stores

 

though I avoid leaving books INSIDE stores.

There's also always coffeeshops or youth hostels, if you have them in the area.

 

works well because the book can hide there for days, waiting for a shopper to open the drawer or for another BCer to hunt it down. Once I put a book on a night table in a store and an employee finally noticed the sticker on the cover (for days she thought it was part of the store's display). She joined!

 

Two of my favorite places to release books are movie theaters and museums. Movie theaters are great if a film adaptation of a book is coming out, because the viewers are already interested in the story. (Perfect for themed releases!)

Museums work well, I think, because visitors are generally very interested in learning new things, and that goes hand-in-hand with reading. Plus, people are constantly walking in museums, so putting a book on a bench in the middle of a room will ensure that a lot of people see it.

 

 

Forgive me if I repeat some suggestions others have made...

Hotels are probably my "favorite", if I had to pick one. There are so many of places there for books! I've left them in the waiting area, lounge, breakfast buffet area, laundry room (if there is one), near the ice machine, exercise room, and in the hotel room itself. I like to tuck them in with the Bible or the phone books. I've had several catches that way, one by the housekeeping staff, one by a manager (someone obviously turned it in to lost n' found, and one by another guest). I've left safe in baggies out by the pool as well, or near the hot tub.

I do grocery stores too, but try to make them themed releases and like to make very sure that the books LOOK used and are well marked as BC books so it doesn't look like someone is stealing from the book/magazine section.

Doctor's offices and hospital waiting rooms are good, as are coffee shops.

On buses or in backs of cabs (though I don't know if those really count as "indoors".)

I've tried leaving themed books in big (non-book) shops and have had some success. (Animals books in pet supply stores, for example.)



 

Has anyone tried outside or in the lobby of a library? I'm thinking of trying this tomorrow... Figure if anywhere that I am going to get a journal you think it would be here - captive audience of obvious readers...

Our local has a big step outside the outdoor book chute (so I'm thinking thats a good spot cause the chute opens before the library so if people are dropping off books they have to see it), they also have a lounge section inside, as well as a newspaper reading area and a little gallery, so think I might try and release a few in different locations there...I'm all inspired! Plus its raining here very heavily so indoors is my only option until I buy some ziplock bags.

 

> Our local has a big step outside the
> outdoor book chute (so I'm thinking thats
> a good spot cause the chute opens before
> the library so if people are dropping off
> books they have to see it)

I think you'd risk that people would put the book in the chute, and you don't want that because it's likely to confuse or annoy the library workers.

 

I think you'd risk that
> people would put the book in the chute,
> and you don't want that because it's
> likely to confuse or annoy the library
> workers.


Hmmm possibly right, though i do have the big bright sticky notes saying 'I am a free book' plus bookplate and bookmark... will see what happens the library people in there are pretty chilled...

 

> i do have the big bright sticky notes
> saying 'I am a free book' plus bookplate
> and bookmark...

Yes, your sticky notes are bright, but people generally aren't ;-)

 

Unfortunately you are very right... ;-)

 

> Yes, your sticky notes are bright, but
> people generally aren't ;-)

heeheehee! :D

 

...about BookCrossing, so they know what's going on. They might be up for it, and may even love the idea enough to consider adding a small take-one-leave-one book-swap shelf - or they might prefer that you don't leave wild books in the building at all, but at least you'd know!

 

I like to wild-release near my library for the "obviously readers come here" reason, but I make sure to leave the book no where near the drop chute. There are some planters near the entrance and I've left them on the walls of those, on benches, or even outside on the paperboxes. I've never left any inside as I don't want to confuse library staff, as Moem mentions.

For what it's worth, though I release there a lot I've seen no significant difference in catch rate there than anywhere else.

 

I've had some luck in casinos, releasing it amongst the slot machines. Although, since there are a ton of cameras, you have to set the book down, play a little, and then get up and walk away, as if you "forgot" that you left the book there.

One book I left was turned into the Lost and Found. An employee found it, and ended up joining and re-releasing the book.

 

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