Reading Up on Bookcrossing

By Raphael Eidenbenz, Yu Li and Roger Wattenhofer.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

“Bookcrossing” is the activity of depositing a book some place for others to find, pick up, and read. By analyzing the data of Bookcrossing—a website that, among other features, records the bookcrossing actions of its members—we study the paths that books take when they are bookcrossed. We investigate how the release location, language, genre, and review score of a book influence its journey. Moreover, we compare the bookcrossing data to the book market of Amazon to reveal special properties of the bookcrossing market.

Keywords: Bookcrossing, Internet-supported Book Trading, Data Mining, Economics, Social Networks, Second Book Market

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.11-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.133MB).

Dr. Raphael Eidenbenz

Research Assistant, Distributed Computing Group, Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Raphael Eidenbenz received his M.Sc. degree in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. In 2008, he joined the Distributed Computing Group of Professor Roger Wattenhofer at ETH Zurich as a Ph.D. student and research assistant. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. degree for his work on mechanism design in distributed systems. His interests are distributed systems, Internet applications, as well as economic aspects and social phenomena.

Yu Li

IPT AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Roger Wattenhofer

Professor, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


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