The Travelling Book Project


The Travelling Book Project

Please note that this page archives some of the key information from the website for the Travelling Book Project (live at www.travellingbook.eu until around July 24th, 2016).  I still very much hope to hear from some of the books or spot them on the Internet somewhere, and would love to get one back home someday :)

Intro


Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a blogger and video maker from Hull in the UK.  I'm best known for mediocre quality videos that sometimes involve a vibrating pig


The Idea


I had the idea for the Travelling Book Project after reading the book "Yes Man" by Danny Wallace.  I would love to do something like Danny did, travelling the world based on an inability to say no, but like many of us I don't have the freedom to take time off work and leave my family to go off an adventure.  And I wouldn't want to.

However, a book could make a journey - around the world, getting contributions from people - and come back to me.

I originally planned to send five books out, reasoning that the odds are that one or more of the books might not make it home.  But, it became clear to me very quickly that there was a lot more demand than for just five books, so I started a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to fund the project.

The project is simple.

A book starts with me, and I write a little bit of information about myself and my life in the book.  I then send the book to another person, and they do the same.  They send it on to a third person, and so on.  And when the book is complete the last person mails to back to me, and I will scan the book and make it available on the Internet for everyone to read.

It's a great way to be creative, to connect with others, to promote understanding, and to learn about the world, not from a website but from the people actually living there (although ironically it will be available on a website!)

There are a few guidelines below which I'd recommend people check out which cover a couple of legal points, some advice on what to put in (and not to put in) the books, and some frequently asked questions.




GUIDELINES AND LEGAL GUBBINS


There are a few guidelines, namely:
·         First and foremost, I do not take any responsibility for what people put in the book. If you put anything in the book, make sure that the publication of any content within the book is consented to. Do not include information, contact details, photos etc about other people without their consent.  Do not include any information that would not be intended for public consumption.  I take no responsibility for anything that you read in the book, for what is or is not put in the book.
·         Please only send the book on to someone that you know will complete it and send it on.  They will need to put in a modicum of effort, and pay to get the journal to another person (unless they're giving it to their next door neighbour or something).  I would recommend getting in contact with the person first and confirm that they're up for getting involved.
·         I'd love for you to share in the book about yourself and your life, but please don't use up a whole book telling your story - in my prototype book I managed with three pages for my stuff (although that wasn't a lot - four would have been better!).
·         Put whatever you like in the book, but be aware, as previously mentioned, that it is for public consumption, so go easy on the adult themes.  Don't put anything in the book that you don't feel comfortable sharing with others, and don't include personal information or photos of anyone without those peoples consent.
·         Please bear in mind that the book will (hopefully) be around for many many years, so you may not want to fill up a dozen pages about how dreadful it is that your brother/sister/refuse collector has a cold.
·         We'd like you to get in touch and let us know whereabouts in the world the book is.  You don't have to, but it'd be nice just so that we know that it is safe and well, and we may mention its location on the website (not with your personal information, although we might mention your first name unless you don't want us to).
·         If you want to know when the book gets home and is available on the Internet to be read, include your email address or Twitter handle in the book.  Or if you feel uncomfortable doing that, email me and let me know which book it is you've had (each one should have a hashtag near the front, for example the first book is #tbook1).
·         If you do put photos or other stuff in the book, make sure that they are really well fixed in so that it doesn't fall out!
·         A little bit of legal wording also I'm afraid - I (Mike Raven) am the Publisher, and any contributors to travelling books are "the Author".  The Author hereby grants and assigns to the Publisher, its successors, representatives, and assigns, the sole and exclusive right to publish (i.e., print, publish, and sell) or to license the Work for publication in the English language or in any other language in the United Kingdom and in any other foreign country.
·         What does the above mean?  Well, depending on the success of the project, we might want to do something with the works beyond providing them on the Internet.  We might want to make them into a real book.  Or publish a snippet somewhere when talking about the project.  And it is likely to be difficult (if not impossible) to track each and every person that has contributed to the books to get their permission etc.  This isn't about anyone making tons of money from selling other peoples life experiences (and I can't imagine this happening even if I wanted to do that), it's about allowing the information in the books - which should be entered with a view to general consumption by the public anyway - to be as widely available as possible.  The likelihood is that the books will just be scanned and made available for free on the Internet, but I don't want to exclude the possibility that we might be able to share the information via other routes also in the future, for example via YouTube videos or e-books.
·         Do check out the forums and say hi to other people that have been involved in the project.
·         If you have a blog / twitter / Facebook / YouTube channel / any other social media channel thingy, do feel free to post about the book!  And do let me know if you do put it on a public thing like a blog or YouTube, I'd love to link to it!
·         Finally - thank you for taking part and do have fun!  I really hope that the books help us to understand each other by finding out what other parts of the world are like.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: What is the Travelling Book Project?
A: A initiative that aims to enable a pack of journals to travel the world, from person to person, with each person contributing to the book about themselves and their lives.

Q: I'd like to get involved but I'm not travelling anywhere!
A: That's okay - you don't need to travel, the book is the thing that needs to travel.  Could you mail it to someone that would carry it on?  Or even walk it round to a friend?

Q: But if I mail the journal, then I have to pay!
A: Well... yes, you do.  The odds are that someone, quite possibly a lot of someones, before you, have paid to mail the book on.  And we're asking you to do the same.  If you really don't want to, then you can always try to find someone local that will take the book and deliver it to them instead.

Q: What can I put in the book?
A: Anything you like.  It could be informative, funny, thought provoking, philosophical... it's up to you.  It could be about your life, where you live, your hobbies... all we do ask is that whatever you put in the book, it complies with the guidelines on this page.

Q: Do I have to put my postal address in the book?
A: No, I wouldn't expect you to and to be honest I wouldn't recommend that you do.  What I would suggest is either including an email address or Twitter handle, so that when the book is scanned and put on the Internet I can let you know that it's available for reading.  If you feel uncomfortable sharing these details, you can always email me and let me know which book it is you've received (each book will have a number with it's own hashtag, for example the first book is #tbook1)

Q: I like the idea but I'm not comfortable with sharing my name / address / photo / other personal information.
A: That's okay - the only thing that I wouldn't really want you to lie about in the book is what it's like where you live (if you're going to write about where you live).  If you want to use an alias, that's fine.  I would like you to say where you live because part of the reason for the book is to educate people on what life is like in different parts of the world, but just put something like the town and country where you are, e.g. Hull, UK, or Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Q: Can I get a book?
A: Sure, just click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, £5 (£10 non-UK) reserves you your very own book!

Q: I don't understand why you want money.  Just send me a book!
A: Well, I would love to send you a book, but it costs money to make and mail a book, plus running this website costs money too.  Depending on the destination and cost of the book used, it can cost me over £10 GBP ($17 USD) to get one of these bad boys out into the world.  When I first thought of the project I planned to pay for five books out of my own pocket, but demand swiftly outstripped supply!

Any spare money will go towards the running of the website, or will be held back for the scanning of the books (ideally I'd prefer to get a professional document scanning company to do a proper job rather than have a go at scanning them myself on a little home scanner).

Q: So how much money do you want out of me?
A: Whatever you'd like to donate will be much appreciated, but it is £5 minimum (£10 outside the UK) to receive a book.

Q: I'd like to take part, but I have difficulty writing with hand everything that I want to say - can I type instead?
A: Certainly, you can print out your words and glue/tape them into the book.  Just make sure that they're really well attached and aren't going to move, the last thing I want is for your contribution to come loose and be lost without making it home. 

Q: I've received a travelling book, but there's spelling errors / words crossed out in the bit written by you Mike!  What kind of professional outfit are you running here?!?
A: Not a professional outfit, I'm afraid!  I do like handwriting the guidelines and the "about me" bit in the book because I feel that it is more personal and shows that I have taken the time to write in every book.  However, it does mean that I may make an error and have to cross it out.  Sorry about that but I hope you'll understand the reason why I've made this decision (which is purely my decision - if everyone else wants to print out their bit and glue it in that's perfectly fine).

Q: I've received a travelling book and I really really really can't think what to do with it.
A: If you don't have anyone that you can think of to pass it on, why not leave it in a local library or coffee shop for someone to happen upon?  Travelling books have been left in places like the library at Hull College, on an underground train in London, and in a tourist information centre in Geiranger in Norway!  The only rule is fill it in, and pass it on!!!

Q: I'm the last person! The book is full!  What do I do?
A: Congratulations!  Email me at mike.raven@gmail.com and I will give you a mailing address to send it home.  I will scan the book, put it on the internet, and contact everyone that received the book (if they left their contact details in the book, or got in touch with me direct) so they can see the scanned copy.



Thank Yous

  

In short, this project would not have been as big without the support of a lot of people.

Thank you to Tim Clark and Ragen Morgenstern for your prolonged support and promotion of the project.

Thank you to all my friends and family who have shared details of the project, and many of which are taking part.

Thank you to the many many writers clubs around the world that have promoted the scheme to their members.

Thank you to David Reeves and the team at BBC Radio Humberside for giving me time to talk about the project on air!

Thank you to Luke at Hull College Student Union for improving my project flyers and proceeding to plaster them all over the college.

Thank you to the alumni teams at Heriot-Watt University and University of Lincoln for promoting the project too.

Thank you to my fiancee for her constant support and cheerleading when I've had doubts about the project.

Thank you to every single one of you who have supported the scheme, either by sharing the website or by actually giving cold hard cash to get it off the ground.

Apologies to anyone that I've missed out, but thank you to everyone who has shown interest, supported me, put up with incessant Facebook updates talking on and on about the same thing for weeks...  thank you!



The Books - where are they?!?

On this page we'll track the books and where in the world they are.  Stay tuned and if you've received a travelling book, let us know!


Book 1
31/7/2014 - Last seen in a radio studio at BBC Radio Humberside, UK!

Book 2
22/8/14 - Book dispatched to Lincolnshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
13/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 3
6/9/2014 - Book dispatched to Yorkshire, UK
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 4
23/6/2015 - Book left on a Victoria line train in London, UK
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 5
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 6
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to Wales, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
19/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 7
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to Yorkshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
19/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 8
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to Lincolnshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
19/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 9
8/7/2015 - Book left in the Geiranger Ticket Office in Geiranger village, Norway
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 10

8/1/2016 - Book found in Dublin, Ireland, and being taken to Amsterdam.
9/10/2015 - Book seen at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
27/8/2014 - Book distributed to Yorkshire, UK
9/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution

Book 11
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to Lincolnshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
17/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
10/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 12
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
16/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
10/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 13
22/8.14 - Book dispatched to Germany
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
16/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
10/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 14
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to Brighton, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
15/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
10/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 15
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to Scotland, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
15/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
11/8/2014 - Book partially prepared for distribution
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 16
28/9/2014 - Book confirmed in Las Vegas, US - via Australia!  See Disruptive Girl's video about the book.
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to Las Vegas, US
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
15/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 17
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
15/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 18
18/3/2017 - book is in the vicinity of Nipissing, Ontario, Canada
15/9/2015 - book spotted, expected to go to Ontario in the near future
27/6/2015 - book is in Chicago, IL.
11/6/2015 - Book en route to Chicago, IL
24/3/2015 - Book arrived in Portland!
5/3/2015 - Book spotted on Twitter heading for Portland
14/8/2014 - Book left in the library at Hull College, UK.
13/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 19
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to Lincolnshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
16/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 20
19/11/2014 - Book on its way to Talahina in Oklahoma.
27/8/2014 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 29 August to Somerset, UK
16/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 21
16/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 22
16/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 23
2/1/2015 - Book on its way to Georgia, US
6/9/14 - Book arrived in Columbus, Ohio, US
27/8/2014 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 29 August to Ohio, US
21/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
16/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 24
22/8/2014 - Book dispatched to Lincolnshire, UK
20/8/14 - Book dispatch imminent - expected to be mailed 22 August
18/8/2014 - Book finalised for departure.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 25
27/8/2014 - Book distributed to Yorkshire, UK
20/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Materials purchased for book.

Book 26
21/8/2014 - Book partially prepared.
9/8/2014 - Need and funding for book to be established

Book 27
9/8/2014 - Book not yet purchased - go to the Donate button at the bottom of the page, and for £12 this book could be yours!

Book 28
9/8/2014 - Book not yet purchased - go to the Donate button at the bottom of the page, and for £12 this book could be yours!

Book 29
9/8/2014 - Book not yet purchased - go to the Donate button at the bottom of the page, and for £12 this book could be yours!

Book 30
9/8/2014 - Book not yet purchased - go to the Donate button at the bottom of the page, and for £12 this book could be yours!




Archived News​

Saturday 25th June 2016
Sadly, I'm announcing the closure of the website (www.travellingbook.eu) on around the 24th or so of July.  I've not had any sight of any of the books that were sent out for some months now, and I'm sadly forced to assume that all of them are missing or lost in one way or another.  It was always a bit of a long shot to imagine that a journal could travel from person to person, being filled in along the way, and then make it back to me, but I felt that it was worth trying.  I've had great fun running the project, and to everyone that donated and took part, thank you sincerely.
If I do get any updates on the books I'll be mentioning them on my blog and YouTube channel, and some of the content on this site I'll also host over on my blog.
Thanks again :)
Saturday 15th August 2015

Things have been quiet on the website, mainly because sight of the books has been rare, but I'm pleased to spot book 18 in Chicago - but where are the rest of them?  If you get your hands on one, let me know - and make sure to pass it on, it needs to complete its journey!

Monday 9th March 2015

I've done a little update on the books on my blog, after hearing that book 18 is going to Portland in Oregon - they're still on the move!  Free giveaway also on my blog until Monday 20th, for a free travelling book!  http://thoggy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/travelling-book-update.html


Wednesday 19th November 2014

The travelling books are continuing to travel, I've just heard that book 20 (#tbook20) is on it's way to Talahina in Oklahoma!  Remember if you get a book to let us know so we can keep track!


Sunday 28th September 2014

After our participation in Hull College's Freshers Fair, here's a special offer for students across the world - instead of the normal donation of £12 to reserve your own travelling book, make a donation (via the PayPal link at the bottom of the page) of just £5 and you will receive your own travelling book to start it off on its journey!  Also, catch the update on Mike's blog with photos of our book in Ohio!

Thursday 11th September 2014

We happily took part in Hull College's Further Education Fresher Fair today, it was really good and met loads of people interested in the project!  Head over to Mike's blog to see our... unique... clothes horse presentation stand!  All in all it was a great day and we're very much looking forward to going back on the 17th of September for the Higher Education Fresher Fair too!

Sunday 7th September 2014

​Well, all the initial run of books have now been sent out, with many of them starting to move from person to person!  If you've got a book, don't forget to let me know whereabouts in the world your book is!

Now for the exciting stuff - I've been invited to take part in Hull College's 2014 Fresher Fair on Thursday the 11th of September, and Wednesday the 17th of September!  All the fun is going on in Queens Gardens in Hull, more details can be found at http://www.hcsu.co.uk/lite/events-2/ and I will be putting on some special offers at the fair for people interested in the Travelling Book Project.  Fancy winning a free Travelling Book?  Taking part in a travelling book at the Freshers Fair?  Or supporting the project by reserving a book at a reduced price?  Get over to Queens Gardens in Hull, apparently there will be a huge marquee, which we will be in!

Wednesday 27th August 2014

​Things have moved on swiftly with the project and I'm pleased to be able to say that the first batch of books are in the wild, with a second batch due to be mailed out at the end of this week.  If you're a recipient of a book do tweet about it, each book has a unique hashtag at the front of the book, and feel free to say hi on the forums!

I'm also pleased to be able to announce that I will be having a stall at the Hull College Freshers Fair on the 11th and 17th of September 2014, so if you're in Hull on those days do stop by and say hi!

Friday 8th August 2014

Well, the funding campaign has finished, I'm extremely pleased to say that we've raised enough money to keep this website up and running for 2 years, plus we're going to be sending out around 25 travelling books around the world!  I am furiously working on preparing all the books to be sent out, as things stand I have five books on my desk prepared, with a huge pile still to go out.  I'm hoping to get the books sent out in 2-3 weeks, but if anyone that is receiving one needs it before then, do let me know.

​Friday 31st July 2014

I was very fortunate to be interviewed on air by David Reeves on BBC Radio Humberside today about the Travelling Book project.  If you'd like to catch it, it is on air for 7 days athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023wd8d - select the show from the 31st of July, and I'm on from about 2 hours 35 minutes in.  The team at BBC Radio Humberside have also taken on the mantle of receiving the very first Travelling Book, which was delivered into their hands while I was there.  I look forward to seeing its travels!

I also need to give thanks to Luke at Hull College Student Union, who has taken the time to not only plaster flyers about the project around Hull College, but also to improve my somewhat substandard flyer before doing so!  Thanks Luke.

If you'd like to donate to the project there is still time, but not a great deal as the Indiegogo campaign ends on Monday - please help us out!

​Friday 25th July 2014

Our website for the Travelling Book Project is live!  Thanks to the funders that made it possible, and as things stand we are currently a third of the way towards our funding target of £500, having raised over £150 already.  We have 10 days to go until the campaign ends on August 4th 2014, so find out more about the project on this website, and if you'd like to support us please don't hesitate to do so!



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