I found a book in the wild, what do I do now?

Once you have registered your details with this site, and have found a book with our logo and instructions inside, go to the ‘Found a Book’ tab and let us know you’ve found the book. This step is just to let us know the book has been found and not lost in the wild.

How will I know if someone finds a book I’ve released?

All book locations are represented by icons on the map (see Books – All locations). To find ‘your’ book you can either click on the icon where you last left it or search by book title. When you search by book title, the last location in which the book was left will appear first. If this is different to the location you left it, then it means someone else has found it and re-released it.

Do I have to read the book before I release it again?

We would like you to read the book, leave a review and a clue for someone else to find the book. Of course we cannot know if you have really read the book, but this is a project designed to encourage reading, so we would like you to read it – and others may find your reviews interesting and motivate them to read the books as well. Reviews can be completed at the same time that you release a captured book.

Why can’t I find a book that is on the map?

This may be because someone has found the book, may be currently reading it and/or left it in another location. The previous locations of all the books remain on the map so that everyone can track where the book has been, how far it has travelled, etc. Sometimes books can become ‘lost’ or ‘kept’ and we won’t always know what has happened to the book. If you think that the book should be in the location and have not found it, then you can always use the Contact Us tab to send us a message.

How do I know what books are released?

All released books can be found under ‘Books’ tab – All books. Here you will find the book cover, blurb, book details, ratings and reviews.

Can I leave the book anywhere?

It is up to you where you would like to leave the book. The location will automatically generate for you when you type it into the address bar or place the icon on the map. We recommend, however, that you use common sense when placing the book. We would avoid places which are difficult to access, on private property or could cause a safety or security risk. If you are leaving the book outside, then we recommend that you place it into a sealed clear plastic bag.

What if nobody finds my book?

It may be that someone has found your book and not registered their details –  unfortunately we do not have a lot of control over this. When and if this happens, we will add your book to our Lost or Retired books. You may then choose to replace the book with another one.

How long can I have the read the book before I have to release it again?

While we do encourage you to read the book, we would appreciate it if you could return the book to the wild (i.e., re-release it) within 10 days. This will ensure that the books keep travelling and will make it easier for everyone to keep track of the books.

I have lots of books that I’ve read and want to release. How do I do this?

We welcome book donations! If you would like to release a new book, then go to the Register a NEW book tab and fill in the details. We will then send you a book label so that you can place it on your book before releasing it into the wild.

Are all books suitable for releasing?

We have aimed this project at readers aged 8 – 14 years, so recommend that the books released should be suitable for this age group. We would also like the books to be in good condition.

What if someone finds my book and keeps it?

Unfortunately this can happen. If they have notified us that they have found the book, then we will send them a reminder to release it back into the wild after they have read it. If books have been missing in action for 30 days or more, then we ‘retire’ the book and hopefully replace it with another copy.

I’ve heard this is a literacy and numeracy project – where’s the numeracy?

We are currently developing some resources that classroom teachers can use to explore some numeracy concepts – e.g., how far has a particular book travelled? How long has a book been in the wild before it was captured? Watch this space for further suggestions in the future.