Thursday, July 5, 2007
You've decided to de-clutter your bookshelves - now what do you do with the books? Inspired by a recent discussion on the AnalogGTD Yahoo! group, I've pulled together this list.
1. Sell them at a used bookstore.
2. Sell them on-line, on Amazon.com or another outlet.
3. Sell them at a garage sale.
4. Give them to friends who would appreciate them - if you are sure they will appreciate them.
5. Donate them to a thrift store - many of these support good causes.
6. Donate them to a library, or a friends of the library group.
7. Donate them to a local organization that wants books. In the San Francisco Bay Area, some options include Books for the Barrios and the Children's Book Project.
8. Donate them to national organizations such as Books for Africa, Books for Soldiers, Operation Paperback (which also involves sending books to troops serving overseas), and Books Behinds Bars.
9. Swap them using one of the many on-line services, such as Bookins, BookMooch, FrugalReader, Novel Action, PaperBackSwap, Readers United, TitleTrader, WhatsOnMyBookshelf?, and Zunafish.
10. Register with BookCrossing, and "release your books into the wild" - leave them for someone else to find.
Updates from July 2007 and January 2008: Also see:
11. Chemotherapy Patients Could Use Your Books
12. Prison Libraries Could Use Your Books
Clearing Out the Bookshelves
Book Lovers: Stop Reading Books You Don't Like
BookMooch: Give Books Away. Get Books You Want.
[photo from Jayna / MeiYing Chan]