How damaged do they have to be?

@SomeCowgirl (32266)
United States
August 21, 2010 5:07am CST
How damaged does a book have to be before you throw it out or put it to the side and get a newer copy? If you can't find a newer copy do you just tape the copy you have up and bear with it? My husband and I have a few books I inherited from my great grandmother. We started reading one of the books that is a series, and have gotten past the copy my grandmother had and into copies we bought. However we're going to have to replace the copy she had, but I do not plan on throwing it away because of it's sentimental value. So how damaged does a book have to be before you throw it out or put it to the side and replace it?
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 10
If I really like a book and it is old then no matter.I will still keep it and try to repair it. And like you - of it had sentimental value then I would not part with it at all. Good luck with your collection. You want to get in a lot to read for the winter. When I lived in a country with winters I always read more in the winters by the fire as a child.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
21 Aug 10
I am not sure what this winter will bring us. I never really read in the winter when I was younger unless it was a Christmas book, but I do love the feeling of snow falling, the tree lit and a wonderful book and warm blankets. Actually I could just lay in the room with the tree for hours, it's so peaceful.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 10
I too love a Christmas tree and have always had one out here - doesn't seem like Christmas without a tree with lights on it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
21 Aug 10
This year we won't have a tree, which will be different, but most likely we also won't be home around Christmas so no need. When I was growing up my mom had a green tree for years until she saw a white one and got it. I think she'd been wanting a white one for years. Now they have them in all sorts of colors, but for me I'd rather have a green one, maybe a white one.
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7 Sep 10
The only time I've ever thrown away a book rather than giving it to a charity shop is when my cat peed on it. I was so angry too because it was a book on how to make vintage style handbags and it was a birthday present from my sister. I was so angry with the little madam. Other wise, I figure as long as a book is still readable, then there's life in it yet!
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I hate that you had to throw that book away I know I would be really upset as well. Were you able to write the author down? You might have been able to get another copy though I wonder if it was a book hard to find as it was on vintage handbags.
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7 Sep 10
It's not hard to find, but it's not cheap either and we don't have the cash to splash on a new copy at the moment, we're really broke. It was called "Making Vintage Bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses" by Emma Brennan. I was really gutted about it. The joy of cats!
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I hope you can eventually get a new copy of it. New books ARE expensive, I try to buy used or old books if I can.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Aug 10
I dont if it was my dads I keep it the way I got it
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
21 Aug 10
Sentimental treasures, yes I don't think I could dare throw away the books I got from my great grandmother after she passed.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Aug 10
oh heck no cant I have an old picni basket tht ws my grandmas and I keep old treasures in it!
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
22 Aug 10
There were clothes given to me that I can't wear anymore by my great grandmother's but I don't throw those away either. I'd soon give them to another family member then throw them away.
@celticeagle (120516)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Aug 10
It depends on the importance of the book. If it is one I was given, has sentimental value, etc. I will probably put it up and not even read it. I will find a copy to read and save this other one so it doesn't get damaged. I know several sites that sell rare books and have been pretty lucky. I don't throw books away. I love books and usually either give them to someone else to enjoy or to the second hand places who pick them up. We also have a couple of the BUY SELL or TRADE places here in town that I also utilize.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I love finding books, especially those that are probably out of print. My husband and I have two small shelves full and really not much more room for others but I am itching to shop some more for books. I will wait though.
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@celticeagle (120516)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Sep 10
I used to have hundreds of books but have down sized alot in the last few years. I just keep the ones it would be hard to find and ones I really enjoyed. I have a couple from my childhood I just can't part with.
• United States
21 Aug 10
I'd never throw a book away... no matter how damaged it was. I may buy a new copy if it's a book that I love and want to be able to read again in the future... but I would still keep the old copy. I have a copy of "The Last Unicorn" that unfortunately sat under a leaky closet roof for a day and is soggy beyond belief. I have two other copies of the book that are in perfect condition (And I plan on keeping them in perfect condition, considering one of them is signed!), but I still haven't gotten rid of the soggy one and I'm not going to.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
22 Aug 10
I do not blame you, things with sentimental value I would never dream of throwing away. Soggy as your book may be, it's precious to you! I'm sure you let it dry out and the pages are crimpled, but usually with books as long as you're sure to dry it thoroughly layer by layer it saves.
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• United States
22 Aug 10
It's long dried out by now, but it's more than just a little crinkly. It's a paper back, and the water really got to its spine. I'm afraid of opening it for fear it will tear straight in half! So no, it didn't really save (though I did try!). Beyond the sentimental value... I just don't like the idea of throwing away a book. It would be little better than burning a book to me. Books are made to be read and cherished and they shouldn't be disposable.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
7 Sep 10
i never throw a book out. if it is damaged beyond repair, i cut up the pages and use them for crafts.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I never thought of that, that probably makes some pretty craft projects. Nice scrapbook pages or greeting cards stuff like that.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
30 Aug 10
I would not get a Book get that damaged to be honest lol But I guess it depends how many times it has been read and handled I actually give my Books to my Neighbour and once she has read it her Husband will take it to the Hospital where he works for the Charity there So I do not keep them once I have read them
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
We don't give our books away, though I did give one book away recently. MIL takes some down to the nursing home but she's not got any left to take as the rest are her favorites. It's good to give back to others.
@Memnon (2173)
25 Aug 10
If you have a book with sentimental value it should never be thrown out: a lesson that I could have taught my father in reverse, but in words I do not want to use here. He would sacrifice love and principles for his own ends; and he is now a miserable old man whose children despise him. You can always buy a new or second hand copy. Once you have read it, pass it on to a charity or local sharing group so that others can enjoy what you have read. Whatever your cherished book, keep it. If your children appreciate your values, they will value it too.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I keep the old worn books and just get newer copies to read, I love the books and would not want to get rid of them for the world. They mean the world to me because they were given to me from my great grandmother's collection after she passed.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
22 Aug 10
My collection of books are in good shape and haven`t reached that state that i have to get rid of or replace them. Yes a long time ago some books had to be got rid off because they were lying in a cupboard which was unused for a long time.when it was opened i found that cockroaches had made the books their dwelling and further the pages had become yellowed, brittle and full of holes.I did not bother to replace them because they were out of print so i just got rid of them.Once i have finished reading a book i generally do not read it again so most of my books are just lying in the cupboard and have been there for over 20 years. Maybe one fine day i may donate some of them either to a library or to mt school.
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@chinoxads (255)
• United States
22 Aug 10
To throw the book, it has to be very damaged, like missing pages, broken pages, of something happened to the book that you can't read it. For me the important is that the book has to had all the pages readable.
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
7 Sep 10
So you would throw a book away even if it had sentimental value?
• Philippines
21 Aug 10
I never throw out a book. I inherited tons of books too, but my mom donated it to a public library. It's too damaged. I like those books but she gave it to a library where more kids will be able to use it. I think it is a good idea. When I started being able to buy books. I just keep it. But if ever I do not need it anymore, I would donate it to my Aunt who is a Nun. She's in a mission and she teaches lots of kids. I think those books would really help a lot.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
21 Aug 10
I would not donate a book that was damaged unless it was just a few tears. If the front cover was gone and pages were brittle then I would just keep it if it had sentimental value, or I would throw it away, maybe even use it for something like a fire, but never would I just throw them out.
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