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Old 01-28-2017, 10:39 PM
 
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Keep - books in a series by the same author
Keep - books really enjoyed
Keep - collectibles, childhood favorites, bindings look cool on the shelf
Give - books didn't really enjoy & wouldn't buy more from the same author
Give - non fiction books that no longer apply to my life or circumstances
Give - books that became outdated for whatever reason

Give - when more room for more books is needed - see Keep pile above!
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:46 PM
 
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I usually don't buy books new, except when buying "regional" books when traveling. I buy at book sales, and get books from friends and coworkers. If those people want them back, I give them back. Most have the attitude of "pass them on". So I put them in a little free library so there can enjoy.
Same here. Visit libraries - lucky to live in an area where there are lots of libraries that sell donated books very cheap to raise extra funds for the library & have big sales a couple times a year. One library gets so many donations that twice a week they pick a bunch and put out in free racks. Those I take and usually those I donate back to that library when I'm done along with other books I want to get rid of. Or if I really want a title - I will buy used online - ebay, betterworldbooks, so forth. Rarely will I pay more than a few bucks for a book and if I pay $10 - its a book I really wanted to read. Also I get books from freecycle and I'll donate back on freecycle. Same things with magazines.
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Old 01-30-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: East Side
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I keep most of my books and donate what I have read or have duplicates of to Epilepsy Foundation they come and pick them up so its a win win situation.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:19 PM
 
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The most recent purchase for me is a Coffee-Table book which I intend to keep because it's fun to page through once in awhile. My reasoning is that a Coffee-Table book is not only a book but also an Art object, which is why I intend to keep it. Do any of you other bibliophiles keep Coffee-Table books?
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:27 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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The most recent purchase for me is a Coffee-Table book which I intend to keep because it's fun to page through once in awhile. My reasoning is that a Coffee-Table book is not only a book but also an Art object, which is why I intend to keep it. Do any of you other bibliophiles keep Coffee-Table books?


This is funny about coffee table books . My grandmother used to keep this huge family bible on her coffee table and she called it her coffee table book . that thing was huge I could barely lift it . But you using the term coffee table book brought back that memory so thank you .
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Keep those I'd like to read again or that are reference books, give away some novels...
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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I mostly download to my kindle, so it is not an issue. I do donate books to Godwill, when I have them.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:37 PM
 
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I give books away a lot, and then find myself wishing I hadn't. Right now, I'm on book buying lockdown. i'm only allowed to get those cheap 99-cent digital ones on Amazon or go to the library. I've got like 10 books checked out and another 4 on hold.
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:17 AM
 
Location: north narrowlina
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I built my own box with two shelves, making three areas for fiction/non-fiction and poetry.... there is a plastic door w/latch, i put it on an old mailbox post and that's my version of the Neighborhood "LITTLE FREE LIBRARY"..... i never ever put a sign on it saying "take one/leave one", but 9 times outta 10 people will either return it or leave one of their own.... people from about 10-12 blocks around regularly use it.... it got so popular i made a smaller version for the kiddies and when they get old and too worn out, i donate them to my local clinic which always needs kids toys and books.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I built my own box with two shelves, making three areas for fiction/non-fiction and poetry.... there is a plastic door w/latch, i put it on an old mailbox post and that's my version of the Neighborhood "LITTLE FREE LIBRARY"..... i never ever put a sign on it saying "take one/leave one", but 9 times outta 10 people will either return it or leave one of their own.... people from about 10-12 blocks around regularly use it.... it got so popular i made a smaller version for the kiddies and when they get old and too worn out, i donate them to my local clinic which always needs kids toys and books.
That's a wonderful idea.

However, just a gentle suggestion please. If they are "too worn out", please do not donate them. I am sure your local clinic appreciates them, but not if they are falling apart.
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