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Adding BookCrossing Zones to LibraryThing Local

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Edited: Nov 19, 2013, 11:03am Top

Blog post: http://www.librarything.com/blogs/librarything/2013/11/littlelibraries/

So far, we've been focusing on Little Free Libraries. Let's pull together what we know about adding BookCrossing Zones.

See also:
* Beta-group discussion: http://www.librarything.com/topic/160991

Nov 19, 2013, 4:35pm Top

A second Wiki has recently been started by BookCrossing members after the first one hosted by WikiHost disappeared. http://obcz.wikia.com/wiki/Official_BookCrossing_Zones_Wiki
I will mention this project on the BookCrossing OBCZ forum. I have also recently started a project to list all OBCZs in the UK on a website so would be happy to add them to your Wiki.

Nov 19, 2013, 8:37pm Top

What happened to the first one—they just lost the whole thing?

Nov 20, 2013, 2:38am Top

Not just ours was lost. The whole of WikiHost went as far as I can tell.

Nov 20, 2013, 9:17am Top


Nov 28, 2013, 4:23pm Top

Tim, is there any way the BookCrossing Zones for the UK can be listed by county? The USA is done by state as is Canada and Australia but the UK actually has more zones listed than any of them and the list seems a bit random. If this is possible I will become a life member of LT, I have already sent a few more Bookcrossers your way from the BCUK Facebook group :)

Nov 28, 2013, 4:29pm Top

Where do you want it listed by county?
here?: http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?subtype=2

Edited: Nov 28, 2013, 5:38pm Top

There would be fine or here http://www.librarything.com/local/littledirectory&subtype=2&country=Unit...

Also I need to delete http://www.librarything.com/venue/41158/BookCrossing-Zone-at-Hudsons-Coffee-Shop as it looks like this was created somehow long before this projected started and the venue is now closed. How do I do this?

Nov 28, 2013, 5:50pm Top

Edit venue info, on the right side in the grey box.


"Closed venues should be marked as defunct, not deleted."

Edited: Nov 28, 2013, 6:01pm Top

OK thanks. Where do I mark it defunct? Ah.. found it. Now done.

Also I am I right in thinking that duplicates can be removed by using the 'combine' function in the other grey box on the right?

Edited: Nov 28, 2013, 9:00pm Top

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Also I am I right in thinking that duplicates can be removed by using the 'combine' function in the other grey box on the right?

You can, but a better way for now as we try to build this feature quickly, would be to simply "delete" the duplicate. That can be done by clicking on the "edit venue information". Then go to the column on the right and click on "delete this venue". The venue will not disappear, but will be archived. Give the reason as "duplicate". Following this maneuver, the venue will only appear one time on an individual member's Local page.

Nov 29, 2013, 8:06am Top

Thanks for you help everyone. Is there anyway of fine tuning the placement on the map? This is a particular problem with Telephone Box Libraries which do not have a full address.

Nov 29, 2013, 9:15am Top

I would just add a better, more detailed, description of the location in the "description box". The dot will bring the visitor to the general location, but then the description you add will bring the visitor to the *exact* location.

Dec 4, 2013, 7:52am Top

Tim has kindly now listed the OBCZs in the UK by county which I am delighted with. Thanks again Tim.

My next question is about events. I have successfully added my own local bookcrossing meet ups as we meet at OBCZs. I would now like to start adding some other Bookcrossing meet-ups and other local book related events. Not all of these are at existing venues. Can I add a Bookcrossing meet-up without the venue being a little library? If so how. The same question applies to other book groups too.

Edited: Dec 4, 2013, 8:18am Top

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How about here?

...or, better yet (see msg #16)...

Edited: Dec 4, 2013, 8:19am Top

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Alternatively, you can list any venue as long as there are continuing book-related events there. For example, you can list a coffee house or a pub as an "other type" instead of a "little library". Then just add the book-related event to that venue (for example, BookCrossing meet-up) each month as it happens.

Edited: Dec 4, 2013, 8:30am Top

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Another fun option is to list the type "Fair/Festival" instead of "Little Library" if you know of a festival with a BookCrossing event. For example, see the "comment wall" on this entry.*

*FYI: It is marked defunct because the 2013 festival is over and a new entry was added for 2014.

Bottom line: All of these venue types can be entered:
Other places
Online and other non-places
Little Libraries
TV, Radio, Podcasts

Dec 4, 2013, 9:00am Top

Thanks, interesting. Now I want to find existing Podcasts, I haven't seen them on my travels around the site.

Edited: Dec 5, 2013, 9:54pm Top

How to find podcasts (if there are any near you):

1. Click on the "local" tab at the top of the page.
2. On the left side of the page (but to the right of where you see "Local Venues"), click on "edit".
3. Add/correct the number of miles or kilometers to the "search radius".
4. Uncheck everything but keep the check mark on "TV, Radio, Podcasts".
5. Click "save locations".
6. Click on "most" (to the right of "Local Venues").

I don't actually see podcats on mine, but, if they had been entered, that's where they'd be. I only see radio stations on mine.

Dec 5, 2013, 5:18pm Top

Thanks. I get podcasts if I extend my milage to include London but i may well be able to add some local ones eventually.

Dec 11, 2013, 9:09am Top

I have now finished adding the zones for Germany. It is interesting to note that they have more than the USA and UK put together. Does anybody know if there are any countries left to be done?

Edited: Dec 11, 2013, 9:55am Top

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I was working from BC's Go Hunting pages.

My progress list is here.

Should I have been working from another page (your wiki, for example)? I was trying to catch some LFLs that were not BC zones. You can continue from where I left off in either Canada or UK (you might discover some ones not listed on your source - be sure to check if they are not already listed to prevent duplicates). You can also choose any of the other countries in between. Just mark them with your name so I'll not duplicate your work.

You seem to be working much more quickly than me. :)

Jan 17, 2015, 12:15pm Top

How can I add a BookCrossing library to the local page for Malvern, Worcestershire, UK? And while I'm at it, how can I enter an independent bookshop to it for the same town? Cheers.

Jan 17, 2015, 12:22pm Top

>23 passion4reading: At the top of the page, click the "Local" tab. Then, in the upper right corner of the page, click "Add Venue"

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