Yesterday I came up with this wacky idea...wouldn't it be cool if when you found a PLA book at a garage sale or used book store or a friend gave you a copy, you could enter a serial number in the book and track who owned the book before you? Kind of like www.wheresgeorge.com
, but just for the PLA book.
The way it would work is there'd be a page at the end of the book where the first owner of the book makes up a serial number and writes it into a space in the book. The serial number could be like year/month/day/person's initials/random four digits so like mine might be 20101030bac4831. Then the book owner goes to a website, like maybe phonelosers.org/book/track/, and enters that serial number along with other information such as his name, city, where he got the book, etc. All future owners of the book are encouraged to go to the website and enter the same serial number with their own name, city, etc.
I realize the only flaw in this plan is that the PLA book is so fucking awesome that nobody will ever sell it after they've bought it. But it could be useful for when people lose the PLA book or they become devout Christians who vow to only read family friendly material. They'd probably just burn my book with their youth group anyway.
What's everyone think? Great idea or stupid idea?