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1st Apr 2004, 14:31
Ok all....q for you. I have a fair number of books, mostly paperbacks and mostly fiction. Obviously there is a smattering of univ course books/foreign language courses/dictionaries/NatGeog mags etcetc but the bulk of my books are modern crime or spy fiction or other good-reading impulse buys (I discount my collection of cookery books which I never wish to reduce). I would like to get rid of the majority of these books because (a) I live in a small apartment and their shelves are occupying too much space (b) they have been sufficiently re-read ..

What is the best way to get rid of them? I had thought of selling them but I really don't have the time or inclination either to have a boot sale or to sell them on Ebay/Amazon. Someone recently told me that hospitals no longer accept secondhand books because of potential disease so....

What should I do?

I look forward to any/all suggestions! (even a proon book-swap-meet would be fine!) :ok:

1st Apr 2004, 14:36
Charity shop? Are you bothered about getting any money for them?

1st Apr 2004, 14:37
I have just given 5 boxes of books to the local charity shop, broke my heard it did, I had to be really ruthless, but I was living in a library.
They are always grateful for donations.

1st Apr 2004, 14:39
Charity shop
Local hospital library
Old folks' home
Church fete

1st Apr 2004, 14:39
Tried the charity shop route myself when clearing out my last house - none of them wanted them and they were of similar content.

Tried a few secondhand bookshops - again they weren't particularly interested.

In the end I gave them to a friend who is very into car boot sales.

She made a few pennies.

1st Apr 2004, 14:43
I had thought of charity shops but I have been told they are not interested - I will leave a bunch out for the next collection by MIND (which does house collections every few months)... but a lot of these paperbacks are still in best-seller lists and although I am not that fussed about making any money from them (would be a bonus, however) I really do NOT want to just throw them in the trash! :ok:

1st Apr 2004, 14:44
What about an Old Folk's Home, I'm certain they would be interested in some of the books for their residents.

Oxfam etc have collecting bins at supermarkets, you could put them in there.

just don't offer any to me, I have to use tremendous self control to keep away from the damned things - I love them!

1st Apr 2004, 14:48
taken5th neat idea... how do I find out where are the local old-folks/nursing homes/day centres? I know this sounds pathetic but I have no idea how to find out where these places are?!!!! :ok:

1st Apr 2004, 14:58
If you have any language books I'd be interested in buying them off ya. Sounds like its time to a BookClub Bash....

1st Apr 2004, 15:09
Go to scoot.co.uk and type in residential home

You should get loads! :ok:

Rugz........a terrific idea, no, nooooooo, I cannot attend, I must not.......:)

1st Apr 2004, 15:18
What a coincidence! Only an hour ago I read about a (new?) concept called "book crossing" in my PC magazine.

The idea is that if you want to get rid of your books but donīt want to throw them away, have the books registered, along with a neat description of where you are going to dispose of that book: a bus stop, the local hairdresserīs, the pub round the corner, any other convenient public place, etc. Attach a special "book crossing" sticker on the cover and leave it at the place you described, for somebody to pick it up and take it home. Alternatively, have the book registered at their website for somemone to find it there and send you an e-mail with his/her address.

It seems to work (no, itīs not an April Foolīs joke!), and as far as I understand the concept, no money is involved on any side of the deal.

Their website is http://www.bookcrossing.com/ .

The most interesting section there is "Go hunting" (link on the left of their homepage). Youīll find precise descriptions of their "crossing zones" in your home town.

If you try it, please let us know about the results, Iīd be most interested!

1st Apr 2004, 15:35
Get rid of books ?? GET RID OF THEM????

Good Lord! I don't believe I have EVER thrown out a single book. (Other than one that fell to pieces or was a duplicate...)

Mrs DM despairs of me....BUT we now have books that our kids are starting to read.......one day they'll be able to work their way through them too!

If you are off on holiday to a self catering place or know somone who has one your extra books will be welcom there. How often have you been caught on holiday in the rain with nothing to read???

Whatever you do DON'T DUMP them! Someone will be glad of the read!

Send Clowns
1st Apr 2004, 15:43
Oxfam would be good - not only are they a good charity, but they have specialist bookshops. I know of at least 2 cities with such Oxfam bookshops, and assume they are widespread.

1st Apr 2004, 16:05
How about the old Nat Geog mags? I have three complete years (plus a few) ... any good ideas where they should go please?

Wugz pm me if you are serious - I have French and Swedish books (stories) plus course books/dictionaries/tapes etc .... Hungarian, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Swedish... (not getting rid of Russian heheheh)...