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Old 07-02-09, 04:03 AM   #1
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Books - do you throw them away?

I just moved into a new apartment, and have been sorting through moving boxes.

Half of them have been unopened for almost 3 years. Most of them have books in them.

While almost all of them are keepers, there's a few that I bought on a whim, and never read, or others that are borderline beach/airport books, but not (think Fever Pitch, The Alienist, etc).

I'm tempted to leave them on the street, for people to take. Otherwise, I'll toss them, but that feels wrong.

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Old 07-02-09, 04:17 AM   #2
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I never EVER throw books away.

I donate them to a homeless shelter, a crisis center or to the nearest library for their book sales. Another thing that I do is I bring them to work and leave them in the breakroom. We have a pretty good shelf of books that we all read and bring back for the next person.
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Old 07-02-09, 04:21 AM   #3
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Donate them to somewhere. Do not donate them to the bin
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keep them. whenever i threw away books, i would get an urge to read them again. i keep everything now.
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Take 'em here.
Set up a table.
Step 3=hours of fun.
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NEVER !!
Donate, leave on street with "Free" sign,
or take to local book trader.
We've moved about 5 times in 6 years and the books
are a heavy PIA, but Id never get ride of them as in 'throw away'
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Old 07-02-09, 04:52 AM   #7
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Take 'em here.
Set up a table.
Step 3=hours of fun.
denkt ik niet. i'm talking +/-10 paperbacks.
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NEVER !!
Donate, leave on street with "Free" sign,
or take to local book trader.

We've moved about 5 times in 6 years and the books
are a heavy PIA, but Id never get ride of them as in 'throw away' : )
i know. my thighs are still sore, and bruised, from moving 20+ boxes, most containing books, down 5 fligts of a steep and narrow amsterdam stairwell on sunday.
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what siu said.

books are tough cause they're heavy, take up space and they do not fetch much on ebay or elsewhere. But like others here, I feel a book is too precious to discard. There is always someone out there who will take what you have.

We take and leave books in the laundry room of our building all the time. Recently I was killing time waiting for some people and grabbed Dale Carnegie's "How to win friends and influence people" off the street for $.75 Did the trick.

As a last resort there is recycling - I would only do that if there is no one who wants the content (outdated reference, for example - though there are always people who want what you have - someone in NE was just looking for old NYC DOT bike maps!) or if the condition is very poor.
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I also have piles of books. My plan is to sell them to a used book store for credit or donate them.
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Donate, it's the only way to go. My wife and I have well over 600+ books and will donate when the time comes.
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I never thought of throwing a book away.

I always leave my paperbacks where ever I finish them. If I finish it at starbucks or other coffee shop I leave it on the book shelf or a table. A couple of other places I hang out have communtiy books shelves I dontate to a lot. I work at the VA and I often bring in books or magazines and leave them scattered around various waiting rooms. Just never throw books away.
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In the US, or maybe just in my little part of it, goodwill does not take magazines or reference books, but they do take everything else.
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Donate! There's gotta be a shop/community center/school/library situation of some kind in Amsterdam that would take extra books.

You could try to sell them to pay for a nice, brighty blinky light to put on the front of your bike??? Or a cute little horn? Beep beep!
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My wife got me an Amazon Kindle. I don't think I'll ever buy a paper book again. It's amazing and the books are cheap! Most best sellers are under $10.
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Out of date technical books- I throw them or sell them, usually throw

Books like 1984 and holiday books, geography refrnces etc, I keep

Books that I'll no longer read: give them away (usually novels), always find someone who wants them.
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We have a place down here called Half Price Books. They over you pennies to dimes on the dollar for used books and then resell them for half of the original price. I seldom if ever buy a "new" book, although I think that many of the books they sell have never been opened, as they seem crisp and new.

No, I never throw books away.
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Tape a "Free books!" sign to the box and place it by the street. They'll be gone soon enough.
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First I agree with others. Do not throw them away. Donate them. If you must dispose of them and you do not dnoate them then at least put them with the recycling. That way they will be turned into something else that is useful.
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Tape a "Free books!" sign to the box and place it by the street. They'll be gone soon enough.
"Gratis Boeken" would work better.
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Alright... how do you feel about tossing magazines?

I don't mean trash like People, I mean good stuff, like the New Yorker.
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I love Gratis Boeken. Does your recipe called for fresh arugala? How do you bruise the cucumbers?
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I only read The Family Handyman. I save the issue if it has a project I like, etc. Otherwise, it goes in the recycling bin.
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Unless it's over a year old I think decent periodical reads like New Yorker can be left out somewheres (laundry rooms, etc) - I too sometimes leave paperbacks or mags around when I'm done - hopefully it is not misconstrued as litter.

If it's an enthusiast or special interest publication (cycling, sports, music, art, collectibles, etc.) they might have resale value on ebay, esp. if you sell them in small lots and offer media mail rate for shipping savings.

For many mags I clip articles (they go in an OCD file cabinet when I finally get around to it). I used to save entire issues of almost everything I'd buy but that gets crazy eventually. Now I pretty much only have all my bike mags from day 1 and some music things in magazine holders.

Otherwise, as with books, recycle rather than toss is my mantra.
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