Farewell Raven and Altered Carbon

After my post last night, I have had a good sleep, and caught up with stuff. I still have lots of dreaded work to do this weekend, but that’s not now. Now is eating croissants, putting up Christmas trees, playing WII and wrapping stuff up. Oddly, this morning’s wrapping wasn’t for Christmas, but for a very special wedding book that is going to be presented my best friends tomorrow. Anyway, less of that. I had all the material out I decided to send Raven back to it’s rightful home. I am sure that I have mentioned the back story of Raven in a previous post, but I have just wasted 10 minutes trying to find it, and failed. Raven was lent to me about 20 years ago by my best friend of the time. I added it to my queue of books, and therefore my bookcase, and promptly left to go to University. My friend and I kept in touch, but the book was never mentioned and it has traveled with my mobile library as I have migrated from University into work and through two house moves!! Reading and reviewing Raven for the blog committed in my mind the need to return the book. It has sat on my windows sill with some of the other books I have read, not going back in the bookcase, not going in the loft, but in a sort of book limbo.

That was until today. Not only did I summon the herculean effort required to get off my arse and take action, I also added in a little extra fun at the same time. I will illustrate my morning with Photo’s in reverse order.

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My friend will receive Raven back sometime next week. With the obvious addition of an address and postage and stuff, this is the package he will get. Bit bigger than the slim dimensions of Raven isn’t it!!?

Why is that? What else is in there? oooh, this is fun 🙂 I realised that my friend is a big book reader (he also likes small books), and only sending him back a book he has already read is a bit unfair. All be it that it might be time for a re-read given he hasn’t seen the thing for 20 years!

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I have therefore also sent my friend my copy of Altered Carbon. The pic above is the pre-wrapped paper package. Naked books!! I also included an actual written letter with the books, just to explain things a bit. I think it is the first time in about 10 years that I have written a letter to someone.

I have also been re-distributing my books. The last *amazing* thing to tell you about this fun filled package is that Altered Carbon is being sent to my friend to start it on it’s journey like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Hopefully my friend will read, then share this great book?? When I left Captain Corelli in Swanage I knew that I wanted to do something different with the note that I stuck in the front cover. Firstly you couldn’t see anything to differentiate my books on adventures from any old book that someone could have left. As you can see, I am worried that this will just get shoved in a bookcase somewhere. Alternatively, it might go into a charity shop and still be set for a good old adventure??? 🙂

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Secondly, I had to actually stick the note in the book which I wasn’t too pleased about.

So here is Postconsumerbookclub book distribution technique version 2….

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It is a sleeve that fits over the cover. You can see it from the outside and it is also held in place. Not sure how long it will last, but it is better than the previous version by loads!

I will add Altered Carbon to the Books on the loose section of the site.

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Farewell captain Corelli

I have had this idea in the pipeline for a while, and it’s amazing. Well, in my head it is, anyway. I hadn’t really planned to start this so son, but took action as soon as I realised I could.

The plan was that once I have read a book, I can send it out into the world so that other people can read it. I won’t do it for all books, as there are some that I really want to keep, but I want to send out as many as I can. But, there is even more to my amazing plan then just book distribution!

Here is the first book that I have sent out, and more the point, I did it yesterday!

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Yeeees, you guested it, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. We had a family trip to Swanage in Dorset, and that is far enough away from the real Mr.Pocobooc’s home for it to be a great place to philanthropically release my first book into the wild. The book was left at Love Cake Etc which, as an aside, does a brilliant range of things to eat and a seriously decadent hot chocolate.

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But, even in such lovely surroundings,  we don’t want to just leave books all over the place willy nilly do we? Where’s the fun in that? My extra twist to this is a note that I have stuck inside the front cover.

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Ideally, I would like to have taken more time over the whole thing. I have a plan for future “deployments” that will allow some info to be visible on the front cover without actually damaging the book. Sadly, that has to wait yesterday as I only realised I could use our trip to get the book on its way about 30 minutes before we left!

I’m going to create a new menu item (I did it, it’s here)that tracks books that I send out. Once that’s done I just need some people to read the books and get in touch…