If you’re in Berlin, look out for a forest on the pavement. This ingenious ‘book forest’ is a receptacle for people to leave and take used books, and to indulge in one of my all-time favourite ideas – Bookcrossing
The official website of the project says :
It was developed and realised by BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. as an interdisciplinary, project orientated cooperation of apprentices of forestry, carpentry, cabinetmaking, media design, printing and bookselling.
The project adopts the idea of putting up a bookcase in a public space, in which people could release their used books to be picked up by others. This way of free dissemination, called “bookcrossing”, is by now a worldwide movement organised in a central database (www.bookcrossing.com). Registration of books enables following their travels through the world and communication about the books.
I have always felt that in India, we could try this with ISD booths, paan shops, little tea-shops around every corner. Imagine what we could do with a nation of highways strewn with used books. What a country we’d be.
Idea found onStorage | Glee