What Do You Do With The Books You Have Already Studied & No Longer Need Them?

India
May 8, 2007 1:16am CST
Hi friends we all at some stage of our life must have read some books atleast:),though we study some books even now.The books can be of any kind .Either they were text books of our school,college etc or They were some reading books like novels etc . What do you do with them when you no longer need them? Say text books are usually needed for limited time like for particular class,say for year or one semester after that we rarely refer that one .SO what do u do with it ?DO u just keep it with you?? or do you give it some of your junior friend so that he does not need to buy it again? Or u just try reselling it at any cost .Here in india it is like OneThird of the cost of the book and other factor is the condition of the book and edition . Or u just throw them without thinking any thing just like scrap And what abt novels ?I Think novels we can keep with ourselves and have our own library .Or just share with friends and exchange with them for other novel. It is not possible to buy all . SO WHAT DO U THINK IS BEST WAY TO MAKE MOST OUT OF OLD BOOKS? WHAT ALL YOU DO? waiting for ur replies,I am having a lot of books which i longer need it
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38 responses
• United States
8 May 07
Usually with the text books that I have purchased I keep them around just in case I need a refresher course on the subject. Though it rarely happens, it's nice to have around just in case. With novels, it really depends on how much I liked the book and if the book was hard to find that determines if I sale, keep, or give to a friend. If it was an ok book, but didn't really like it though had a friend that did, I would give it to them free of charge. If I didn't like the book and none of my friends didn't either, than I would sale the book as fast as I possibly could, just to get rid of it so it wasn't taking up space. Books that I really like and are hard to find I keep in my own personal library, cause I do like to reread some of them.
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@raptorbyt (105)
• India
8 May 07
if i really hate the subject i burn them.othewise i wud sell them.or give them to sum1 who needs it really bad.it wud help them.
• India
8 May 07
That pretty harsh that you burn the books .Even if you dont like the subject then also you can give it to someone or sell them.In any case it is of some help to some one else.If u sell it then u are the one who will be getting something .Atleast dont burn books
@profclark (512)
• United States
8 May 07
I am always looking for age appropriate books for an after school program that I work with, so perhaps there are some of them, or tutoring programs in your town that could benefit from your books. The ridiculously high priced books that I had in the MBA program I sold to the next year students, except for my marketing ones. Finally, Goodwill and the Salvation Army take books as donations. Just don't throw them away. They will bring someone help or joy. God Bless.
• India
8 May 07
thx for replying .I also bought a number a books when i was preparing for Enggineering admission exam and just sold them to some of juniors . I totally agree that we shld not just throw away the books .If u cant sell and u have no relative there are many charitable centres wherein we can donate them and may be somebody else could study and be helped
8 May 07
If you have a lot of these old books it might be worth listing them onto eBay. Other students are always in need of these books and they can't always afford to spend a lot of money. It might be worth listing them up and see if others want to buy them
• India
8 May 07
Thx for such a information.i havent ever heard about this before.I will certainly see to it and hope it works out
@xiqechill (238)
• Indonesia
8 May 07
i have the same problem. i've got a lot of books that i no longer need them. I bought them quite a lot of money, so i don't know what to do, i really would like to keep them, but i don't have the place. so one day i packed them in a box, a really big box, and put it somewhere, and then one day, there's flood in my city, it soaked the box, and then at that time, i can really let go the books. not a good idea? huh.. the good idea i can think is to donate them to church or to others foundations, i believe they will be happily to receive them.
• India
8 May 07
Ohhh that was very bad that the box got soaked in the flood .I really wonder if it was really very heavy flood in your city . I think that is really good option of donating it to a church or some charitable organisation ,ngo etc .
@eipril (401)
• Philippines
17 May 07
i usually sell it ..to other students that needs it ,,
• Philippines
17 May 07
for the text books i usually hand them down to my younger cousins or relatives.... for the novels.. i gave them to my friends... for a reason that some people might learn from it too than just leave it on the shelves dispalying so others may think your a genius..though we still have some books at home in our book shelves most of those that i have read especially novels, i already have disposed them but of course not those novels of my fave authors like daniel steel and sidney sheldom..i simply can't give them out..lolz
• United States
9 May 07
If the book is no longer needed, i will give it to my relatives who likes to read and if not, i will just kept it in the box or display it in my room as a book collection.
• Singapore
9 May 07
I don't normally buy textbooks at university level. All the books below university level will be given to those who need them or dumped. Those at uni - lol - I still have them in my room after so long. I did sell some copies I bought at pathetic prices and kept the rest I didn't manage to sell. Like I said, I don't buy that many anyway since I realised that I don't read them anyway. I bought them to make myself feel better but I never read them. I don't bother with studying, you see. :P
• Philippines
9 May 07
the books which i enjoy most and find them to be good references in the future, i keep them regardless of their ages. the books which are of short value, i pass them to the younger ones. sometimes i give them away to relatives, sometimes i sell them at 25% of the acquisition price. as for books on novels, i usually keep them because, after sometime if forget how the story went and refreshing my memory will be by just flapping through the pages of it.
@sweetsue (759)
• Philippines
9 May 07
Engineering books - Engineering books 
Inspirational books
I got some of engineering books kept in the house, I am an engineering graduate. My brother asked me to borrow them because they also got subjects like algebra, etc. Got also some self-help/inspirational books which I am taking with me every time I move from one place to another. Sometimes, I reread it or browse its contents if I like to.
• United States
9 May 07
Well, I have a few books. One is just a fiction book that I really like but will probably never read again. I'm the same way with movies. I see it or read it once then that's enough for me. I will probably take it to the library or place to donate it. I don't have any school books since I've not gone to college yet. My mom and uncle both have their college school books. Though they are in their mom's basement and don't use them. Who knows what they will do with them. Probably just leave them there since they haven't done anything with them after all these years. I think if I was in college and I didn't need it anymore and a friend a year younger than me needed it I would gladly help them out by giving it to them. Books are very expensive.
• United States
9 May 07
When i have a text book for a class that im done with, i take it to the university books store to sell it back. if they are getting a new version and wont take my book back, then i take it to ebay! not ever university is on the same book! It almost always gets sold! You chould try it sometime! but wait untill a few weeks before the next semester to start b4 u list it on ebay.
@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
9 May 07
My daughter is in college and she usually tries to resell her books at the college bookstore and just takes what she can get out of them there. She then uses the money the next semester on books or other things that she needs.
@friendship (2085)
• Canada
9 May 07
I never sell my text books that I have already studied in the Universities. I keep those books because I often need them. My text books are precious.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
9 May 07
As soon as the class is over, I either sell it on ebay, or resell it back to the school, depending on how I feel. I think they are totally overpriced, and I would rather make SOME money back, but I only sell it on ebay if its going to make good money. If it's dirt cheap i'll just sell it back to the school and get a few bucks back.
@daryljane (3437)
• Philippines
9 May 07
i give my books to junior students, i dont sell them, i wanted to help in any way, but only to those student who cant afford and keeps on duplicating pages on the book...at least, in any way, youre able to help them. and i tell them to take care of it and pass it to those who needs it. right now, i dont know who's using my book already, the last i checked, its a friend of a friend. lolz!
@misdss (472)
• India
8 May 07
i have those books with me , i love the books and my study metarial, i have the box in my basement i dropped them on to that big box, with affixing the paper with tham , i usally dropped them in to the bag and paste a note on it like , science material, standard 5 to 12th and drop them in that box and whenever anybody need them i gave them that book from that bag. My parents and my siblings are hate this habit of mine but i love my books and keep them there for any future reference.
@NatureBoy (493)
• Singapore
8 May 07
Hmm, I sold most of my textbooks the other time. But that was some time back. Nowadays they keep republishing the textbooks every year and say that they have made changes to the syllabus. Its not that easy to sell anymore. For lower level books, I just give them away. Don't be amazed that some parents nowadays would love to have some of your old books. Cos these are the books that were used to teach us and hold some valuable information. Books nowadays are a lot different. Another suggestion is to pack them up to recycle. Good books I will keep, but due to space limitation, I can't really keep alot.
• India
8 May 07
novels and other books can be kept in the shelf so that somebody else can read it.Text books u can pass on to your relatives or friends or else u can sell it.Keeping all the old text books will create a mess.