So what do you do with all your books after they pile up?

United States
April 1, 2011 1:45pm CST
Do you give them away or sell them or donate them? If you have a little time please check out my profile to see what I do. Books are treasure. And you don't know what you have until you open one up. If y'all are avid readers like myself you usually find yourself at the library all the time. Used book stores and check out the garage sale right? Books are knowledge. And knowledge is power.
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• United States
1 Apr 11
There are a lot of people in my family. We love to read or read to each other. SO, we have a ton of books. Before we buy a brand new book or book series, we check them out in the library. Then, we buy the books that we really connect with. We also have books that others have given us and buy used books whenever we can. Since there are many ages in our house, we hold onto the books so that the younger people can have a chance to read them. We also keep the books deemed "classics" around because it's harder to part with them, especially since children often read them once or twice for school and/or college.
• United States
16 Apr 11
Excellent....Classic never go out. I remember "The outsiders" S.E. Hinton. I can't tell you how many kids in school read that book. It still a super read.
@anklesmash (1412)
1 Apr 11
I agree with you that books are treasure and i never get rid over them.so i have a large collection of books which i keep adding to im always looking for them in second hand shops or at bookstalls on markets for interesting books ive not read before.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
1 Apr 11
i typically dont buy books but rather, go and visit my local library. but that is not to say i dont have books (mostly free that i have been given) or several antique books that i own. they are in a large book case in my living room.
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• United States
1 Apr 11
I typically buy books (new and used, but prefer new) and if I don't like a book or I'm not horribly thrilled about it then I'll give it away or give it to a used book store. I still have quite a number of books in my personal collection though! I'm just having to great creative with where to put them. I've got one full bookcase, one bookcase which I cleared DVDs out of to put books in, one bookcase I cleared CDs out of to put books in, and some shelf space in my desk that I've filled with books. I've already gotten rid of about as many books as I feel like I can part with right now. Oh, and I'll gouge my own eyes out and teach myself brail before I buy an e-reader! I love being surrounded by books! One day I want to have my own big library.
• United States
16 Apr 11
I'm with you. I do not like e-reader. I love the feel and touch of books. I don't it's really great. I have accomplish my childhood dream I worked at a library years ago. It was amazing.
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• United States
16 Apr 11
Really? How'd you get a library job?
• United States
2 Apr 11
I keep a great deal of books that I treasure. Some I do donate to our neighborhood retirement home. They like the novels and paperbacks a great deal and I like that when I have gone in with them they find it to be a treat.
• United States
16 Apr 11
That's simply lovely to make that time for the retirement home. I sure they enjoy them very much and look forward to them.
@sfleric (83)
• China
2 Apr 11
I seldom sell my books after I have read them. Some books provide lots of reference to me. I can not leave them due to my job. Some others mean a lot to me. Every time I read them, they remind me of beautiful memory before. Now my book shelf is filled of various books, and I've no idea that where I can keep them in the future...
• United States
16 Apr 11
Some books have sentimental meaning to me too especially if my mother used to read to them to me as a child.
@AmbiePam (85270)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I used to sell them online at half.com. Now I take some of them to a used book store so I can trade them. Others I donate. And still others I pass on to people I think might enjoy them. I do keep a lot of my books, but if I kept them all I'd run out of space to store them.
• United States
16 Apr 11
I sell quite a bit. The best time to sell is 2 weeks before school starts. College kids are scrambling to get their books. It's a great time they sell like hotcakes. I have my personal library which I enjoy very much. http://usedbooks4cash.blogspot.com/
@xannex (254)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I never dispose my books in any means. I actually collect them especially substantial books because I want to create my own library in the future.
• United States
16 Apr 11
Right on...Very good
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
I keep all of them, because from time to time my cousins who also loves to read usually borrow one from me. I don't want to sell them because once a while I try to re read each book that I owned. I usually keep them in a safe storage free from termites and the likes. I treasure all my books. ;)
• United States
16 Apr 11
It's refreshing to hear that you enjoy books. Really books are knowledge and knowledge is power.
• Philippines
16 Apr 11
I am a wide reader so I totally agree that books are treasures, I treat mine that way, I haven't been able to part with my books, when I donate, the books I give away are brand new I can't part with the books I have already read, covered with plastic and signed my name on
@bretay61 (722)
• United States
2 Apr 11
I have a large collection of books.Mine usually get passed around in the family.Since I'm usually the one who ends up buying the books.I check out a lot at the library also.We have a Book Exchange I also got to.Some that I want to part with usually goes to the Book Exchange to trade for others.
• Ecuador
2 Apr 11
Well I love reading, and I consider it as my favorite hobby since I spend most of my free time reading. I buy books to read, I don't like to read rented books, so I have some books piled up in my room. I don't want to sell them or donate them, because I really appreciate them and I know that I can re-read them at any point of time. Also, I don't think in selling them, because for me is difficult to get anyone that wants to buy an used book.
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
yes an input to keep in your head. As you pile it and store in the bookshelf,index them to easily be found.
• Australia
3 Apr 11
I love reading and I collect books. I have many of them packed in boxes because I have way to many. My guess is I have enough to open a small library. I treasure a few of them and keep them even after I have read them. But with a majority of them I donate them to street stalls. I find my books from the library when they are having a clean up, and from garage sales, and from street stalls. Also someone I know in town buys books and once she has read them she gives them to me.
@CarlHalling (3617)
• United Kingdom
2 Apr 11
I agree with you, I love knowledge. I use a lot of it for my writing...creative writing and song writing. But I glean much of my knowledge from the internet rather than books: not just reading sites, but documentaries from You Tube and so on. Which is not to say that I don't read offline, because I do, very much so. I especially like to read in bed. It's a great joy. I've quite a large collection of books. My favourite I display in my kitchen, and there quite a lot. Others I store in my cupboard and other places. I like to buy my books for small amount of money, either through Amazon; or at my local music store, where they sell books for a just a few pounds. I'll keep some of these; while the remainder, I'll keep parts of them and dispose of the rest; or dispose of them entirely. Some people don't understand this; but I've got what I want out of them; I was willing to pay the few pounds necessary for the reading of them. I'm not too materialistic. But materialistic enough to keep some books. Just not all. It's not a watse to me: I've enjoyed reading them. On the other hand, a friend recently told me he threw away his entire cassette collection when he replaced it with CDs. I couldn't believe it. I still have dozens and dozens of cassettes; I'd hate the idea of throwing them away!
@maximax8 (31053)
• United Kingdom
2 Apr 11
I borrow some books from my local library and then when I have completed reading them I take them back to one of the libraries. I buy some books from bookshops or off the Internet. I have got a bookcase with three shelves on it. These shelves are completely full up. I have got some books that I haven't got any space to put. So I keep these on my small coffee table. Sometimes I do clutter clearing and take any books I don't want to keep to charity shops. I like to support charities that help animals, children and elderly people. When I was a student I liked to buy books along Charing Cross Road in the cheap book shops. Sometimes I went to second hand book shops and picked up bargain copies of books on my reading lists. My mom before she retired as a librarian and she could reserve books that I needed for my studies. The chance was they would be in one library or another in the area. I get emotional with some old books and don't want to part from them.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
2 Apr 11
I neither sell or give away my books, I have a huge pile of them at home, thwy actually occupy a room for themselves. I don´t know what I will do when I had no more room for them,lol. I checked your profile friend, but I didn´t see what do you do with your books, Could you give me a hint?
• China
2 Apr 11
I like to read and like to purchase books too.When I was at school,I purchased my favorite books at sight ,with the result that several bookcases filled up with my books.In fact,I have never read many of them.Now I feel upset at the sight of those books,However I hate to part with these books .As there is Internet I hardly purchase books anymore.
• Oman
2 Apr 11
After I have piled up books, I go for a book drive as an outreach program to the community which caters to the literacy level of the locality. Some were stored in the community library where I hail from to enrich the skills of readers and passers-by who come for reading and research purposes. I have always been a bookworm since the age of 6. I get to read almost all books that come my way from science, fiction, news, and the like. I've taken up English-Literature as my specialization in college since I love reading the literature from the past to contemporary. I as well ventured on reading as my master's thesis in earning my graduate studies degree. As an educator, I believe that he must do three things in order to be well-equipped with the changes of the times --- read, read, and read more! I believe that reading is the secret key to travel in the past and the future. Lastly, reading enhances the 3 other macro-skills to be fluent and flexible in the English language (listening, speaking, and writing). =)
@gelayagui98 (1336)
• Australia
2 Apr 11
I kept all books and place it in the bookshelves, even books of my children in their kinder Garden upward for future references.