what do you do with the books you bought a long time ago?

China
September 19, 2012 3:02am CST
Hi there.These days when i tidy my room, i often encounter some books which i bought a long time ago .i know there are some good articles in it. I may review it when i am free. But when i look back i find i seldom review it .I want to give them up but i am a little reluctant to let them go. Friends , what do you do in this case?
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@Shavkat (42488)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I made a mini library in my house, to keep all the books that I read. You can do it, too.
22 Sep 12
You have got a great hobby I can see. I have also a mini library that I actually last updated a long time ago. Being extremely nowadays I do not often browse the books, journals, etc. I have always been a great reader anyway.
@Shavkat (42488)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
Thank you for the compliment. I was book reader since High School, then it became a hobby too. Have a great day!
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
19 Sep 12
I find myself love these books but still have to deal with this.I just put them on the internet and sell them.For some really good books,i just give them to kids that need of it.I hope this can help them and also books gets its own value.Maybe it's a nice way to deal with.
• China
28 Sep 12
It's a good way to give books to those who need them.I'll learn from you and i will give some of my books to my neighbours.
@WakeUpKitty (8716)
• Netherlands
19 Sep 12
I still have books from my childhood, even books my granddad bought (so written in old dutch). A part (fairy tales, children books etc) I gave to my eldest daughter. A part my youngest are reading. A part is in my house in Hungary (everybody is reading them) the rest is here. I don't like to throw books away. I could sell them at a second hand shop but don't do that. I don't buy books anymore (although I was fanatic for years) I have enough books (and stuff), I can borrow now from other people or re-read what I have if I am bored (which I never am).
• China
20 Sep 12
I should learn from you .I should put away the books in case i appreciate them in my spare time.
@May2008 (179)
• China
19 Sep 12
Before, I like to buy books that I like and I do think that it will be very nice to keep many books and meanwhile all you like best. The same occured to me too. Some of them I keep in the bookshelf forever and never touch it any more. The reason I think is that I am not younger as before and I have to deal with a lot of things. When I have free time, I just want to have a good rest.
• China
19 Sep 12
It's the same with me.In many cases i don't touch them .But considering sell them i am reluctant to do it .I always think when i am free,i wil read them but i hardly do it.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
Keep a library of old books that you own. Classic books are valuable reading materials. These books do not age with years. Colleges and University make classic books a mandatory reading material in their subjects. Old books like Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sense and Sensibility, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dracula, Hamlet, Les Misérables, and similar titles are treasure trove. If you own any of these books, please do not sell or give it away. Make it a family heirloom.
• China
19 Sep 12
Hi. Just like you. I will not let the famous classical books such as Pride and Prejudice go. I will keep them and will pass them down to my child. What i don't know how to deal with is those ordinary books where there are some good articles .
@camomile07 (1422)
• Germany
28 Sep 12
It depend of the kind of book it is. Some of them, I never will give up, others, I try to sell them for a small amount as second hand books and just others, I simply give them away to someone I know he or she would like to read them too, and after this person can do the same. In the passed, I also gave several books to a public library, so many people have got the choice to read those books.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
28 Sep 12
It depends on what kind of book I come across. There are some books I've had for years that I read as a young adult, and I still have them. I don't keep every book that I've ever bought and read. Sometimes, I get rid of them if I haven't read them time over again. There have been a few books that I've bought, and couldn't even finish because I didn't like it at all.
@aeiou78 (3458)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 12
Normally, I keep all my books in my bookshelf. If I really intend to give up certain books, I shall donate them to the local library so that, other people may have a chance to read them. When those books do not have the donation value or keeping value, I shall send for recycling. Due to the constraint in our living space, you must make up your mind to keep only those books that you really want. This is what I am doing all of the while.
@nhieleiko (109)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
I will keep it and make a blog from it. And also after writing about that book, I will donate it to other charities. There is no need to be selfish if the book is old enough. More people should need to gain knowledge while reading.
22 Sep 12
There are many books that I come across when I tidy my bookshelf too. I have two big bookshelves and a small one. I keep all the books that I buy or get as presents.
• United States
22 Sep 12
Keep the titles you feel a connection to and donate the others to your local library.
@Canellita (12061)
• United States
21 Sep 12
It depends on the book; if it's fiction and a favorite, I keep it. If it doesn't mean anything to me anymore I will give it away or donate it. If it isn't fiction and it's not obsolete, I keep it, unless it is no longer useful to me.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
21 Sep 12
Most of the time after I have read a book I will give it to someone else. There are a few books that I keep, but I don't have room to keep many. I have a bookcase that is almost full and I usually get at least one book as a Christmas gift. I collect certain books and get them for presents, but I don't know what I will do when the bookcase is full.
• United States
21 Sep 12
there's several sites on line you can trade them towards new books.. unless i didn't like them,i hold on to mine.i can always make more shelves if need be.
• United States
21 Sep 12
Hi! I remember when I moved and I knew that space was going to be tight I went through the books I had accumulated. Some of what I had went over the same material so I figured keep three of whatever and if the author hasn't really gotten my attention in 5 chapters, chances are he wouldn't. If I had an author that covered the same material but caught my interest right away---I'd keep the second. For me this worked and I've been using it for other things that accumulate over the years such as clothes and CD's; do I have enough of the same thing that I can afford to let a few go? Does the music interest me as it did then and if not, who could use it? Happy sorting!
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
some of book i sell them to lower price. Or you can keep them as your collections. just arrange them so it will look more pleasant to your eyes.
@leahn011 (58)
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
Hello! It is good you valued your old things same as mine. In my case, I covered them and put it in a box then I donated it to orphanage because I believe children in there use it for learning.
@stringer321 (2564)
• Israel
20 Sep 12
I think books we bought and read are defining us. Those can tell much about what we like, what we hope for, how we think, what we are connected to and some more. So, books like this, I try to keep for a long time as much as I can. I wish I was reading them more often, but I don't... I feel like I have to read them from the beginning to the end. So, it feels like a hard task. Generally, we better develop our reading habit more. I have some books I wanted to read, but, I still didn't finish them. Maybe they are boring me, but, it is a good challenge.
@Tina30219 (21035)
• Onaway, Michigan
20 Sep 12
The books I bought a long time ago I still have. I have 2 boxes upnorth where I use to live in storage.I never re read a book unless I have no book to read. When I get the 2 boxes of books down here with me I am going to be posting them on craigslist to sell them.
@deazil (3970)
• United States
20 Sep 12
You can sell them online. There's a site called bookscouter.com. I think you look up the ISBN# and get the value. There are other sites too. One of them you don't have to worry about the S&H. Might be bookscouter, not sure. It's difficult to get rid of books. A lot of people have a hard time giving them up. I have tons of books but I'm keeping them. I have a book printed in 1897. It's gazetteer. A really big book. Anyway, if you need the money go online and see what you can get for your books.