Monday, October 24, 2011

What do you do with your old books?




Useful art made from old books.


I threw out some books.

I spent hours with our bookshelf on the weekend. It had become a dumping ground of anything that was once a tree.

Kinder craft, receipts, photos that never made it to an album, books that were never to be read again.

I emptied the entire thing to the floor and knew I had to cull some. I have no problem culling books usually. My novels I happily give away, to me, life is too short to read the same books over and over and there are just too many good ones to read.

Mr H likes to keep his, and we have very different reading choices, so I had to still keep a lot.

Then there were a stack of books that had no future. Like the Cheap Eats, 1999, The Age Good Food Guide, 2001, Lonely Planet Books from 1997 and books about what to buy for your new baby.  They looked at me sadly.

What do you do with these? No one wants old news. No one needs incorrect and out-dated information.



Interesting. Image from here


But throwing books out, even Economics in Australia, 1992, just feels wrong.  A bit naughty and disrespectful.

Novels I have no trouble finding homes for, but what of the information book that becomes out-dated. What do you do with yours?





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14 comments:

  1. I give away my books to my mum, who may either take them to her local Vinnies, or old kid's books in good condition to friends with younger children. My information books are put into the recycling bin, to be pulped and turned into other things!

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  2. I keep most, but some of the more random texts and things I give to charidee. x

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  3. I had to be tough and throw out all my old uni text books a couple of months ago, it was awful seeing all that money going in the bin but they were all 10 years out of date so anything IT related is totally useless after that long.

    I loved having all the extra space, but I have since filled it with other equally useless stuff!

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  4. I had to be tough and throw out all my old uni text books a couple of months ago, it was awful seeing all that money going in the bin but they were all 10 years out of date so anything IT related is totally useless after that long.

    I loved having all the extra space, but I have since filled it with other equally useless stuff!

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  5. My old ones go to a local opp shop. I have been so ruthless our book collection is rather slim now. Guess what I want for Christmas....

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  6. I struggle with books. I love them so much I can't throw them out ever. So I donate boxes & boxes of books to charity each year, texts, novels, outdated information guides they all get donated.
    I guess I should buy an ereader to save all the trees in the books I read, but there is something special about opening the pages of a brand new book.

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  7. I'm getting much better at culling. Even 'When Pets come Between Partners' went to the fete last year. I get what you're saying about those information books though - giving them to charity often costs the charity money when they have to get rid of them. I have a friend who recycles them into covers for notebooks and stuff like that. If I were crafty, I'd give that a go.

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  8. I'm not good at culling ANYTHING! I am a classic hoarder. Fortunately, I have an office that needs filling... LOL

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  9. I like that little chair!

    I give them away to local op shops. I cannot ever throw books out.

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  10. I can't part with them. Ever. It's my one hoarding habit. I read and re-read novels, lend them out, but always get them back.

    What I love is that my kids are now reading the copies of books I read as a child. It's lovely to see.

    Some of my outdated text books have been binned. They were mouldy and horrid, and I felt so guilty.

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  11. I do cull a lot and regret it often! I am a shocker. I keep nothing for long periods of time!

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  12. We have a cool book shop near me where you can take your old books and earn credits and trade them for new ones. Totally love that place! N x

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  13. This is an ongoing issue for me, especially as I get sent textbooks since I teach at a college. Of late, I look for big boxes in hallways Around The World that are labeled "Books for Africa"...or, more often, I put the books in the recycling and, fingers crossed, hope they come back as a cardboard box bringing me new books.

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