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The Traveling Zine Box


The Traveling Zine Box

Group for the traveling zine box, in which zinesters pass a box of zines along, taking what they want from it and replacing the taken zines with the same number from their collection. Then off to the next person!

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Latest Activity: Jul 5, 2016

I frequently participate (and am mildy obsessed with) www.bookcrossing.com. It's a site where you can register and track where your books go, make journal entries about what you thought of the books, trade books, etc. One of the things you can do on the site is start or participate in a "bookbox." The idea of a bookbox is that you send out a box of books to the first in a list of participants. They look through it, take out a few books, go through their old books and put the same number back that they took from the box.

Unfortunately, you can't trade zines on bookcrossing because they aren't technically books and don't hold up well when mailed again and again or released into the wild. However, I love bookboxes so much that I'd really like to do something similar with zines.

I would put a certain number of zines in a box or big envelope and then gather a list of people who want to participate. I would send it off to the first person, they would take some zines, and then add the same number of zines from their collection. Then they would send a message to the next person in line to get their mailing address and send it off to them and so on.

At the end, the last person sends the box/envelope back to me.

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tim scannell

traveling zine box

Started by tim scannell Jan 24, 2009.

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Comment by Myles Leon on October 19, 2011 at 9:49pm
Any news about this?
Comment by megan on October 2, 2011 at 5:06pm

Seems like this group has been less than active lately....I'd like to change that!  I recently cleaned out my zine collection and have a bunch to give away.  So let's get a traveling box started!


Message me your name/address (or email whateversaves@gmail.com) and I'll put together a list.  Let me know if you'd be willing to ship internationally.  Also, if anyone knows any great zine libraries, let me know that as well--I'll probably have the box end up at a library to be all community-minded. 


Let's do this thing!



Comment by Merc on August 5, 2011 at 6:35pm
I would be happy to add some zines to the box, I have many many! 
Comment by Las Vegas Zine Library on July 16, 2011 at 11:11am

Just a suggestion- When These packages have made the rounds (x amount of people)it would be great if they ended up at a zine library as a final destination!  This would be a great way to get a wide variety of zines from all across the country/world to various zine libraries where maybe they can be featured for a month before being put in the collection! Just an idea! If you want to start with Las Vegas zine library send a final package to

Las Vegas zine library

c/o Jeff Grindley

Po Box 72071

Las Vegas Nv




Comment by Jenn Beil on July 2, 2011 at 11:03pm
Hey, I don't know how many zines it appears you need, but you really don't need to supply the whole beginning package. You can start small and it will build if a couple people add one zine.  There can be say a 8-10 zine limit in the envelope to keep shipping prices reasonable for people and I'm sure there's people on the list (myself included) who can donate to the cause.
Comment by Nyx on May 23, 2011 at 5:09am
I'm finally getting enough zines together to start a traveling zine envie. Might be a while yet, but crossing fingers for soon.
Comment by Brittany Wehde on February 22, 2010 at 4:08pm
Id love to get in on this! let me know when i gotta sign up to be on the list!
Comment by Carlos Palacios Hidalgo on February 8, 2010 at 3:03am
when start this project? i wanna be in
Comment by Saling Pusa Distro/closed on February 6, 2010 at 3:03pm
did the 1st round even start though?
Comment by Hannah / Frothy Press on December 20, 2009 at 8:39pm
I would be down for organizing the next round of this and starting it with zines from my collection. Don't want to step on your toes if you already have the next round in progress, Mab, so let me know if that's cool.

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