Books, books, and more books.....What am I going to do with all of them?

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
March 16, 2008 1:44pm CST
I have at least 100 books that I need to find a home for..My initial thought was to take them to the library...Then I thought about selling them on ebay..I haven't sold anything on ebay but this would be a good starting point...These just came from my two books shelves, and I know there are more around here in boxes... What do you do with your books that you no longer need?
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• Indonesia
24 Mar 08
I have also been a book maniac. this has lasted since I was very little, back then I collected various comics, magazines, and some adventures novels for kids. later when my book cupboard (yeah, cupboard, no shelf anymore) was full, Mom decided to sort those that I would no longer need, and donate the books to some people. this also happened to my school textbooks. and later, when I entered university, more books to be given to the others. :P actually I'm thinking of selling my current manga collection (Japanese comics, but mine were Indonesian translated version) to some book / comic rentals, but I don't know if they would be interested as I noticed some of them have gotten complete collections. back then when I tried to sell some to a comic rental, but the lady was just too greedy. she wanted to buy with very low prices and well to sell them again with high prices (even almost the normal price of new ones), that's was the first and last time, I never went back to her rental anymore. :( recently I found out that some bookstores here were accepting book donations for the poor children. I think I had better given my books away to these donation boxes, far better than selling them to the greedy books rental lady. :P
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I don't blame you for not wanting to go back to her rental anymore..I just don't understand people sometimes...I would rather give my books away too! I know there are people out there that would just love to have a book, but can't afford one...
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@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
24 Mar 08
i kept my books in a bookshelves where in from time to time i cleaned them and sometimes if got the time read it again..i like to collect books..
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I stil have alot of books..I collect series....I do read some of them over....Some of the ones I am getting rid of I've read and others just didn't interest me..but I know that someone would like to read them.....
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@vsraovsr (734)
• India
19 Mar 08
If you feel they are a rare collection, you can really treasure them for your next generation or give them to a Library where in a lot of people can access them ( only if your are not bothered about money).
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
24 Mar 08
They are just a bunch of fiction, romance, and mysteries...
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Well I'm not sure what type of books they are but here are a few suggestions. I noticed several already said goodwill or freecycle.org (both good ideas) but here are a few others: Check at a local hospital. Many could use books to be able to share with patients. Same with nursing homes. Many of the residents don't have the money for books and can't get to them so this would enable them to have some on hand. If they are children's or teen's books you could check with local DCF, children services or abuse shelters. I'm sure they could use them for various reasons. You can also check at work or social gathering places to see about setting up a "Sharing Library". Where people put up books they don't want and others can then take some they want. I've had several work places have areas like this. Hope these help.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
These are all very good ideas..thank you so much for sharing..
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
18 Mar 08
You are quite welcome. I have a ton of books I'll be getting rid of soon myself. I just have to go through and sort them, box them up and then put them up on freecycle. It's just taking the time to do it. I'm not going to read them again and no one else in the family is interested so might as well pass them on. Now the ones I'll re-read I keep :) or ones I think others might like in the family but other then that I'm tired of holding on to them now.
• United States
16 Mar 08
Is there a used bookstore nearby where you could trade them for credit? If not, Powell's bookstore online now lets you do that - you enter the ISBNs on their website, in a few seconds they will tell you what they will give you for the book, you send them and get store credit for their online store. Details at http://www.powells.com/info/buying.html I usually take mine to the used bookstore, and donate what's left to the library. My library sells what they can't use in their own book sale, so one way or the other they get something out of it. Another place that takes donations is Better World Books, they provide books to literacy programs all over the world, and also sell books with the proceeds going to those same programs. http://www.betterworldbooks.com
@jenni7202 (1598)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Oh wow, I did not know about Powells. I will have to see how much they will give me for my next batch of books. Thank you odosbucket.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Thank you for the links..I will check them out...
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Books don't sell well on Ebay. I would try listing them on Half.com or you could try ioffer.com instead--I have sold a lot of books there. If some of them are paperback you could check out www.paperbackswap.com, its a book trading website--you could accumulate credits to use when you want to read again. There is also bookcrossing.com where you can put a label on a book then leave it in a coffee shop or somewhere for somebody to find and you can track the book as it travels around the country. And Libraries always welcome donations. If you donate them be sure to get a receipt for them as you could probably claim the donation on your taxes.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Thank you for all the valuable information..The trading website sounds good because then I can get books as well...
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I do think I am going to check into the Paperbackswap..I'm in no hurry..thank you again...
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
there is a website called whatsonmybookshelf that you could list them to trade for other books. you get the books for free from other senders..the catch is you pay for shipping of the books others order from you.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Apr 08
That is a great idea too!..I checked into paperbackswap and have been trading some of them on there...thank you.
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
If I were a bit closer to your place, I would have asked you to donate them to me. I'd make room for them. :D I think you could commit them to some charity or sell them to a bookstore that rents out or sells books at a much cheaper price. That way, you could part with them with something in your pocket.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Apr 08
If you were closer I would give them to you..That's okay though..I will find a home for them....
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 08
Thats my point I do not wantg to sell or give away my books, I reread them and use them and so what if I want to keep a bunch that is my prerogative. So I have two large bookcases full of books and all are well loved by me.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
13 Apr 08
I have alot that I am going to keep...I have 3 huge bookcases full of books..I love to collect them and I do re-read alot of them..
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
13 Apr 08
I don't sell them on ebay because it would or could take forever to sell them, as there are thousands of books there, for sale, already. What I do is take them to the second hand book store and I get to trade them in 3 for 1. So for every 3 I give them, I get 1 from them. It's a good way to not have to pay for new books, too. I usually wait till I have about 12 books to trade for 4 new ones, before I go. But that doesn't take me long to accumilate because I read a lot. So I am going to the second hand book store about every 6 weeks. Eventually I will run out of books to trade with them, but I am also getting some books from friends and family members so I tade them too, after I have read them.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
13 Apr 08
Thank you for this idea..I think there is a book store here that does something similar..
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
17 Mar 08
I pass them on to Friends that I know will read them to That way they are getting used and not thrown out It saves my Friends some money as well No need for both of us to buy the same book
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
That's just it..I would rather give them away than sell them...
@Amagnimo (637)
• India
17 Mar 08
Well, I am sorry to hear that you want to sell your books. Really, whatever you do, its no good if you sell a book. If you have read the book, honor it by keeping it with you. Its always said, "Buy the books, even if you don't read, Keep the books, even if you don't read" Plus, when you keep them, people also come to know which books you have read, and your nature and quality is usually known from the books that you read, and umm...yeah, even from what and how you write. Some books are such which you will not like to read again, but, some time, it will help you are somebody else. Its not a problem if the books are sold anyways, but its better to hand them out to people without money, since books is knowledge, and IMO, I would rather that knowledge is shared rather than being sold! That said, you know I mean that I will keep the books... and I have a mini-library of my own, and many books, easily over 100 75% of which I have read...
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I have alot that I am keeping..I went through and weeded out the ones I won't read again and some that just didn't interest me...I would rather give them to people than to make a profit anyway...
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
i have already donated most of the books that i dont use, or read. those books that are not educational or are novels in nature, i already gave to friends. i did not know before that someone might buy second hand hehehe
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I do know that I am learning about a lot of different ways to pass these books along...
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Mar 08
just a thought-take a look at www.bookcrossing.com -it's an online book community with a "Catch and release" method of passing books on..You tag a book with a code that you notify to the site,leave it somewhere for someone to find,they read the book,log into the site that they found the book,and you can follow your book's progress :)
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I've never heard of this before..sounds like a neat thing to do..thank you..
• United States
17 Mar 08
I generally trade my books to BookMooch.com. I am an avid book reader, so this way, I can share what books I have with someone else and also find new title to read.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
17 Mar 08
This idea sounds very good to me...thank you..
@gemini_rose (16193)
16 Mar 08
I too would not suggest putting them on ebay, I too have hundreds of books and I thought that they would go no problem I mean some of them are brilliant books. But the only ones that sold were the newest released books. So if you have any that are really new then put them on, but not older books.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Thank you...That is what I thought..
@mrtimharry (1180)
16 Mar 08
wouldn't say Ebay is the best place to sell books on unless they are sought after books, most run of the mill books don't sell. Would suggest a yard sale is the best option not sure whether US has carboot sales like the UK has?
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Ebay was just a thought..Really not excited about selling them there because I do see alot of them are already listed...I thought of yard sales too! It is that time of year here....thank you..
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
16 Mar 08
We have a bookshelf downstairs in our apartment block garage that we put our old books for anyone who wants them. I have given some away to my neighbor and have also donated them to our local public library. Hmm let me know when and if you sell them online :)
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Mar 08
That is a great idea...I am going to put together a list just to see what I do have...PM me and let me know what you like to read...
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
16 Mar 08
If you aren't looking for the money and just want to get rid of them, there are several things you could do. You could list them on freecycle and I guarantee they'd be gone in a matter of minutes. You could donate to a local veteran's hospital, they love to have books for the patients. There's always Goodwill or Salvation Army too. Where are you? Maybe I'll take them!
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Not really looking for money...that is why I thought of the library..They are all in really good shape..most are like new..some aren't even read...I live in northwestern pennsylvania..warren county..I have never heard of freecycle, but will check into it...I know alot of people can't afford books and if I can help anyone that would be my ultimate goal...I should make a list of what they are and whether they are hardback or paperback...The veterans hospital would be a great place.....thank you...
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
I am the same way we moved from a large apt to a smaller and have a bunch of books in boxes stillto be unpacked in our living room and tons of books in our bedrooms too and need some more bookcases. sad to say we should haveweeded some out but every time I suggest that my son says no I wantto keep those. oh boy wish we had a large house!!!