"To the making of many books there is no end" a wise man once said. This is so very true because for every topic there is someone who has written about it. With so many new books being published and printed what is happening to the old books? Too many end up in landfills and this is an unnecessary and harmful waste to ourselves and the environment. So what are some healthful and rewarding ways to ditch the books you don't want anymore and find the ones you do want?
Have a book swap party
Gather up all the books you don't want and invite all of your friends to do the same. Have everyone bring them to your home and have a great time "shopping" for new books from the "merchandise"! This is great because chances are your friends have already read those books and can give you an honest, brief review of them. With everyone discussing books you'll also get some great ideas for titles and authors you've never heard of before. Take this one step further and make this a community event. One man's trash is another man's treasure!
Donate them to your local library or to a local used-book bookseller
Libraries will usually take gently used copies of books since theirs take a beating over time. You can also try to find a local bookseller who will buy your books or give you store credit. Cash in your pocket or new books? You win!
Sell your books online
There are many websites that will allow you to do this. You have the option of selling your own books through the website or you can sell your books to the website and they sell it again as their own inventory. Just a little digging will land you at many sites that do this. Just a couple to try is Amazon and Abebooks.
If your copy of "Little Women" is so read that you can't even see ink on the page anymore, then it may be time to toss it. But wait! Don't just throw it in the rubbish bin. Take it to your local recycling plant and make sure it contributes to society in another way. If you don't have a local recycling plant, you can use that paper in your compost pile and give something beneficial back to the soil. Look here to see how: http://www.ehow.com/how_5850396_compost-books.html
Buy used books
Just as you can sell books online, others are doing the same thing. So buy their used stuff before heading to the bookstore of new and shiny things. You may even be able to find very new books at a discounted price. But if you can't, then patience is a virtue. Give it few months and someone will have a used copy for sale. Voila! Easy on your pocket book and easy on our environment. Two excellent sites to buy and sell used books are Amazon and Abebooks. Yes, these sites are featured on this blog! I use them both regularly and am very pleased with the books I've found. So I'd like to share the things that I use and hope you get enjoyment out of using them too!