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Old 01-02-2011, 11:00 AM   #31
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Thank you very much SparrowGrass for the great link. I found one of my favorites on the first try. It was only $2.72 + free shipping. I saved the link to my Favorites.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #32
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sparrowgrass, I love the line, "storing my library out in the world". That has got to be the best way to look at it yet.

I love that I get to see teens reading all the books I've donated to work. I'm such a passionate reader that I like to see others enjoying books too. I have one daughter who is an avid reader and often comes with me to the library. The other takes a month to get through one book. But then, she IS 14 and completely distracted by the world in general.

Just a quick note for those who mark their books and like to run into them later. My Mom and Dad had a "press" made with their first initials and their last name (Kolodrubsky). They would press the first page of every book they bought and then would hope to find it later in the world after they'd passed it along. My brother was shopping in a Nanaimo used bookstore and when he opened the cover and saw that press he nearly fell over. Mom and Dad live in Alberta, and this book had made its way all the way across the next province and onto the island! My brother told the owner and got the book for free!
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:46 AM   #33
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It depends upon how much I loved the book. If I was enthralled, I'll likely add it to my library. Or I might pass it along to a friend of family member I know who will be really interested.

Alternatively, if I'm not thrilled with a book, or just "so-so," I'll put it in my pile to sell at one of my "flea markets" in the good weather. If I get impatient, I might just put it on the table in the laundry room for a neighbor to pick up. Nothing lasts long on that table.

Im trying to learn NOT to keep every book. I don't have room in my apt.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:55 AM   #34
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There are far too many books at my house. But, but, I can't part with most of them. Heck, I'm working my way through DH's SF collection right now.

There is another option for what to do with books that need a new home: BookCrossing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. People simply leave books in public places or in "Official BookCrossing Zones" (OBCZs)". You put a label in the book. If you are lucky, the person who picks it up enters the book's number at BookCrossing.com and you can follow the travels of your book.
TL, I was going to mention Book Crossing, and glad you did! I just love flinging my book out to the world......kinda like a message in a bottle. We made great custom labels on the site too. We only joined it a few months ago so we are in hopes of tracking our books soon. Tiz a wonderful thing.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:31 PM   #35
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There are three titles, that anytime I find them in used bookstores, I buy them. Why? Because I love giving them to people I've talked into reading them. Also, I would rather lend my toothbrush than lend a book I love. The books always come back in wretched condition.

When I sell books at the used bookstore, the cashier always asks if we actually read them, they are in such good condition.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:28 PM   #36
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When I purchase a book, which I do often from Amazon.ca, I research it like crazy first as I do not want to pay shipping to return a book. As I am so picky, there are literally about 4 culinary books out of 450 that I do not refer to over and over and over again.

In addition to my culinary books (many are reference books that are lovely and fat and weighty) I have lots of ancient history books, which too, are lovely and fat and weighty. So, my bookshelves are buckling.

I also take advantage of our library where I sign out about 300 books per year in addition to the ones I keep accumulating!

Sooooo, up to this point I have not had the heart to get rid of any of my books. As I purchase almost no fiction books I am too selfish to part with my massive reference library. However, my husband and I will somehow have to part with some when we move to Europe down the road. They literally won't fit into our house there! My books are like friends to me...
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #37
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My books are like friends to me...
Most definitely! I feel the same way. When we moved to Missoula, all my books had to move into storage, we were in a studio apartment in Student Housing. I was just sick not having my books where I could see, touch and read. While my Kindle is fantastic...I still want my books around me.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #38
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There are three titles, that anytime I find them in used bookstores, I buy them. Why? Because I love giving them to people I've talked into reading them.
PF.......so are you going to share the three titles, or do we have to guess?
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PF.......so are you going to share the three titles, or do we have to guess?
I was just wondering the same thing!

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I'll bet one is Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.
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