Book Exchange
Book Crossing

Two persons sitting outside, reading books
© Taylor Leopold

‚If you love your books – let them go’. This is how the New York Times described the project ‘BookCrossing’, which dates from April 2001. The Goethe-Institut New Zealand is now part of this exciting project.
 

‚If you love your books – let them go’. This is how the New York Times described the project ‘BookCrossing’, which dates from April 2001. The Goethe-Institut New Zealand is now part of this exciting project.
 
The principle ‘Share and Care’ seems to be steadily increasing in importance these days. Not only do people share cars, but also couches and even pets. So it’s definitely time for the Goethe-Institut and its books to take part in this sharing trend.
 
 
The website ‘BookCrossing’ started in 2001. The idea is that interested readers collect a book, take it with them and after reading it, drop it off somewhere else where another person could easily find it. Any time you pick up a book you have to enter the ‘BookCrossing’ website and state where you found it. The book travels around the globe and everyone is able to track the journey. Once the book is read, you can release it back into freedom - perhaps in a bus, at the airport or on a park bench. Today about 11.5 million books are travelling in 132 countries. 
 
Now that the Goethe-Institut in Wellington has joined this project, it is an ‘Official BookCrossing Zone’. So anybody can come and visit  on the 6th floor,  150 Cuba Street, entrance Garrett Street, from Monday to Thursday between 11am and 5.30pm to collect a book, which has been set free there. Numerous German books - from thrillers to romantic novels – are waiting for new readers and new adventures. We are delighted to help you with the selection. Help us to make book dreams come true!

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