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What do you do?
Keep them - trapping the words forever under layers of dust
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Sell them - more money means more shiny things
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Burn them - so people have to buy new books. More Royalties!
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Swap them - for fluffy seals and big machine guns
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Lady Clara


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: What Do You Do With Yours? Reply with quote

The time has come that I need to start getting rid of old books in order to

a) allow more space for Haynes Manuals
b) allow more space for the many many car / train / fire engine parts that are filling up the house right now
c) reduce the amount of things that can catch fire when another experiment goes wrong

I don't read Rankin books any more [don't shoot me!!] - for starts because I've read them so often that the stories tend to blur in my head causing some really rather awful dreams.

So what do you do with your books?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take a big box of the culled books to my regular Sunday pub meets and let my friends choose any they might like, and rejected books go to a charity shop.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timmeh! wrote:
I take a big box of the culled books to my regular Sunday pub meets and let my friends choose any they might like, and rejected books go to a charity shop.


I like the idea of taking them to the pub, and I've been the lucky recipient of a number of spare books over the years - it's great.

I used to say "Give them to charity shops," but since I found a proof of Eagle Rising in the Oxfam online bookshop they can go stuff themselves. I get almost as annoyed as Robert about this, but what the hell are you supposed to do when it's Oxfam?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit clepto about it & keep all read books on the shelf, they make great ornaments
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I run out of space on the book case, then I know its time to buy a
new book case.
I can never ever bring myself to get rid of any books.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abakai wrote:
When I run out of space on the book case, then I know its time to buy a
new book case.
I can never ever bring myself to get rid of any books.


hahaha same... i have 29 rankin novels on 1 shelf and i think 40 asterix books on the next shelf

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find it sooo difficult to get rid of books. I'm so grateful to my father for persuading me not to get rid of my Dr Who novelizations when I was a teenager. They now have a proud place in my office!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Likewise I find it difficult to get rid of books, but there does come a time (i.e. the time when all seven of your six-foot by three-foot bookcases have at least one shelf double stacked, so you can't find some of the books you have, and there's no room in the flat for more bookcases) that some culling is in order to make room for new books.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the same way I could never 'dispose' of ANY recorded music I've acquired over the years (no matter how crap - take a bow 80s RAWK bands, 90s British Hip Hop, various Shoegazing attrocities, etc ) , I can not bring myself to get rid of my beloved books. What I do is every year or so I cull some from the various shelves around the place, they then go up into the loft, along with all my teenage Sci-Fi etc , JUST IN CASE I ever want to read it again, or, as is becoming more likely, my son decides he wants to read it...
My wife would love me to clear them all out I think, but she knows how important each one is to me - even the ones that I finish & think:'Well, that was a waste of time...'

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might I suggest this a possible solution http://bookmooch.com/
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find it very hard to let go of books. I only took a few to uni with me (I had to buy my self a book case, its a nice one though, red and metal!) the rest are still at home taking up space. My RR books have their own shelf as they won't fit on the other book case.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to get rid of my books. I still have my old Tom Swifts & Hardy Boys up in the attic! I will loan my books out if someone is interested but I get real annoyed when they don't give them back! I'm always telling people about Mr. Rankin's books as he is not well known over here. I have a few converts so far! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A less organised version of Phils link:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Azathoth wrote:
Might I suggest this a possible solution http://bookmooch.com/


I think I might struggle with getting books I want (all Haynes Manuals - we can but hope). Thanks for the link.

I do keep some books - which is why I have over a thousand Shakespeare related books (some are now on loan in museums) scattered around my house causing a fire risk.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charity Shops, second hand bookstores. Surely its that simple if you haven't any space. The book mooch things seems interesting though.
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