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Old 01-01-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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What Do You Do With Books After You've Read Them

I'm curious. The thread about Kindles and GB's comment about boxes of books in the basement got me to thinking.

Many of you read regularly. Unless you use the library or read electronic books, that means you have accumulated a mountain of books.

So, do you keep these books, trash them , sell them, give them away, our put them in a bookcase or in boxes in the basement?

While I don't read as much as I used to, when I was reading a lot, I kept every book. If I loaned it to someone, I'd make sure I got it back. I finally saw this as a waste of time space and effort for me. With one exception, I never reread books so what was I keeping them for? I finally got rid of them all as part of a yard sale.

How about you?
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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I make the decision, sometimes difficult, if I will want to read it again or is it classic enough that I don't want to get rid of it. You can guess what I pick most often.

Books that will not be read again, go into a stack, then into bags and boxes and get taken to one store. They offer credit and what books they do not take, I shuffle those to the other used book store for credit. Once done with that, if i have any left, I fill the bookcase at the facility with the novels...if there is already a copy there, I bring them back home. From there I mail them to the Department of Corrections to put in their libraries.

Mgazines are sorted into catagories and delivered to appropriate places for others to read and enjoy.

Even after all of this, we are slowly moving to the center of our rooms and the outsides are filling up with books.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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When my Mother, a librarian and avid reader passed away she had a lot of books...I didn't count them, but I would guess 300+ ~~~ With the exception of Signed/Autographed, a few First edition, and very old books...I donated them to 3 different libraries. ~~
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
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Years ago when the Doubleday Dollar Book Club was around (1964), I joined. By 1975, I belonged to 5 of their clubs, the Doubleday (regular novels and no longer just a dollar), The Mystery Guild, The Science Fiction Book Club, The Literary Guild (for Classics in nice bindings), and the Cookbook Club.

When we moved, I donated over 1,000 books to the local library. They were all hardbound books and I got a nice tax deduction. Of course I kept a lot of the books, especially the Literary Guild and some of the Cookbooks.

I've recently started over in a new place leaving the past behind, so I only have 16 paperbacks saved up so far.

I let my neighbor read them, and there is another friend here that I want to trade some books with, and then when the shelves get too full, there are lots of empty book shelves down in the computer room I can help fill.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #5
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I'm an avid reader and often have 2 or 3 books working at a time and read about one per week. Having said that, I get many of my books from the library so there's no disposal or storage problem.

Of the books I have that are mine, if there's a book I especially like or feel as though I'll read it again, I'll keep it and, when I get the chance, replace it with a hardback of the same title for my "library." Yep. Library, but that's just the term for the big bookcase in our den.

There are several stores here that will take paperbacks and give a credit as a return. Nothing for hardbacks so those go to the local library or nursing facility. We're not near any prison or such or they'd go there.

My biggest problem isn't with the books I've read, it's what to do with the ones I HAVEN'T read. My "to be read" shelf is about to barf and I'm reading as fast as I can.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:57 PM   #6
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I really miss being close to the library. I was reading 5 or 6 books a week.

Even when I was still working, I always had a book with me, and often several books going at the same time.

Now that I'm retired and have moved away from all the stress, I manage to keep busy and don't seem to be reading so much. I think a lot of that had to do with my former life being in so much turmoil, and the books being an escape into another world.
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I'm an avid reader and often have 2 or 3 books working at a time and read about one per week. Having said that, I get many of my books from the library so there's no disposal or storage problem.

Of the books I have that are mine, if there's a book I especially like or feel as though I'll read it again, I'll keep it and, when I get the chance, replace it with a hardback of the same title for my "library." Yep. Library, but that's just the term for the big bookcase in our den.

There are several stores here that will take paperbacks and give a credit as a return. Nothing for hardbacks so those go to the local library or nursing facility. We're not near any prison or such or they'd go there.

My biggest problem isn't with the books I've read, it's what to do with the ones I HAVEN'T read. My "to be read" shelf is about to barf and I'm reading as fast as I can.
No kidding, I must have about three or four stacks of those. I get finished, then Shrek has to decide if he wants to read it...and he buys books and saves them for me...luckily, we do tend to like the same books, but he reads slower than I do.

You should see the scramble for the new book when we get it home... I fight dirty...
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It's interesting that you started this thread now. I had come to a decision a couple weeks ago, directly related to this. I have been buying books for years, usually used, but not always. There are really only a few that I like to reread. A couple weeks ago I realized what a waste of space all my books are, especially since we have no storage space in our little house. Most of the books I have now were either given to me or I bought them on our trip a couple years ago, and I haven't gotten around to reading them. I decided that I will gather up all my books and donate most of them to the local Hospice thrift store. There are, of course, a few books that I won't get rid of, but I decided that if I want to read a book I can get it from the library. I also have Kindle for PC and have been getting a lot of free books for that from Amazon.com.

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Old 01-01-2011, 10:10 PM   #9
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i pass them on to friends. some i want back, usually the non fiction. then i donate to our little library here in our park or to the vets. right now i need to winnow out some of them. the shelves are overflowing. mostly the cook books are getting out of hand. i will keep all my j.d. robb as well as the non fiction. i recently found out i can get books delivered through the mail from my local library. they even pay for the postage. this opens up a limitless supply of free books for me. i do pass some along mostly to daughter and granddaughter.
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I have pretty much stopped buying books, and just go to the library. Did the math...
I'm saving a couple THOUSAND bucks a year.
When I do buy books, I buy paperbacks, and when done, they eventually end up
at Edward McKay's Used books. They give a fairly decent credit towards store purchases which is nice.

It's funny... I sell books and printed collectible items on ebay, so I literally go through
thousands of books and paper items a year. Only this year did I start actually throwing
away stuff I couldn't sell or donate... took 10 years to get to this point. But I can recycle the paper so that's good.
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