Thursday 14 February 2013

Freedbook travels Dubai Business Class

Malc Dow's Patternotion page
  As you know the FreedBook is no stranger to travelling the world. At its very inception we teamed up with the Books For London libraries in an attempt to set our artwork free, but like overprotective parents we wondered if our teenage offspring would sink or swim out there in the real world.

Well we just got that phone call to tell us that it neither sunk nor swam but FLEW and is still flying high!

This journey started when I sent a copy of FreedBook to the artist Malc Dow. He was busy preparing for Sampson Low Ltd's new book, Patternotion, and needed some pointers on style and format. A copy wound its way to Scotland and ended up on Malc's coffee table. Well after reading it several times over he embraced the spirit of the FreedBook and set it free.

Now Malc is a compassionate kind of guy and knew the FreedBook needed some company, sustenance and love. So he left it in 'The most salubrious place in town for free fast broadband', or to you and me the coffee shop at Perth Library. Just as he said his goodbye to FreedBook he wrote his number in the front page as a parting gift.

Of course Malc forgot all about it and got on with his life.

A few days ago he got a phone call from a mystery man. It was a very clear phone line so he presumed it was someone local. The caller said.....

"I picked up this book on my way to Dubai. So I maybe just leave in the book shelf at Dubai airport - I am in transit there... or shall I leave it here in the magazine rack here on the plane... it's business class..."

So Malc said.... "Leave it in the bookshelf!! For goodness sake it or will end in the bin otherwise!"

So that's what our Mystery Caller did....and is it still there? Well who knows.
But what I do know is, even if its on a continent far far away, then its got there in style!



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    Launched April 17, 2001; 11 years ago
    Alexa rank 43,666 (February 2013)[1]
    BookCrossing (also BC, BCing or BXing) is defined as "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise." The term is derived from, a free online book club which was founded to encourage the practice, aiming to "make the whole world a library."
    The 'crossing' or exchanging of books may take any of a number of forms, including wild-releasing books in public, direct swaps with other members of the websites, or "book rings" in which books travel in a set order to participants who want to read a certain book. The community aspect of has grown and expanded in ways that were not expected at the outset, in the form of blog or forum discussions, mailing lists and annual conventions throughout the world.

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