BookCrossing is the practice of releasing the books shared to the public for others to pickup and read. It is a loop cycle to keep books such an recyclable resources pass from readers to readers. Although, there are different BookCrossing events and groups to promote the culture of BookCrossing continually. Lack of management and motivation to encourage the public to participate is still the weakness of Book Crossing in Hong Kong. Therefore, I chose BookCrossing in Hong Kong as my capstone project topic and designed ‘Reading Torch’.
‘Reading Torch’ integrated the RFID smart bookshelf and mobile app to enhance the user experience of BookCrossing in Hong Kong. The RFID smart bookshelf can read the RFID tags in the books to track the records of books in and out, update the book status to the mobile app for users to search and pick up to read books they want. At the same time, users can explore different quotes captured by others. It assists users explore different books through the quotes to help the users read widely and deeply. On the other hand, users can simply complete the procedures of book’s first release with the mobile app after they get the RFID tag from the staff in BookCrossing Zone. It helps the user to register the books under their account and keep tracking their books and create the book journey after released. The book journey shows the books travel around the readers and BookCrossing Zone in Hong Kong, it makes the book release more meaningful to the releasers and not only giving away their books.
漂書所指的是將書本放漂到公眾地方予其他人拾取閱讀，並持之以恆的一種閱讀運動。透過讀者與讀者之間互相傳閱令書本變成一種可循環使用的資源，減少書本浪費。雖然現時一直有不同的漂書團體或機構定期舉行漂書活動，藉此向大眾士傳漂書文化。不過，欠缺完善的管理系統和缺乏誘因鼓勵公眾參與一直是香港漂書行動發展的不足之處。 因此，我選擇以香港漂書行動作為畢業專題的題目，並設計出 「Reading Torch」。