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Old 12-02-2016, 11:48 AM
Status: "Hello, Autumn!" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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I found an old book I'd forgotten about having. I can't believe I bought it so maybe it was a gift. It's a political book I don't agree with and don't like the author. I don't want to sell it to the used bookstore I usually take books I don't want to because I don't want to spread the propaganda in it. But I am loathe to throw it away. I can't so far anyway because it's a book. There's something sacred about a book. Do you ever have trouble ridding yourself of books you don't really want? I can't be the only one.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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There's something sacred about a book. Do you ever have trouble ridding yourself of books you don't really want? I can't be the only one.
OMG I totally agree with you! I too feel that books are sacred.

I have only thrown out two books in my whole life, and I remember both of them because it actually kind of traumatic and I had to work myself into the right frame of mind to do so. In both cases, I had read them, and found the subject matter (one "true" haunted house story and one Ann Rule true murder case) so disturbing, I didn't want to be responsible for putting them into anyone else's hands and brain.
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:01 PM
Status: "Hello, Autumn!" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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Wow, thank you for that validation. The books I've thrown away that I felt the least bad about had become infected with mold. That felt better because it was in defense of other books!
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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No trouble at all, I either donate or leave in the waiting room of hospital, Dr. office, airport on a layover, restaurant, truck stop, etc. etc.
I love books but I do not have an emotional attachment to them or many other material items.
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Old 12-02-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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I use to feel that way, but now I have realized that if I don't read it or won't read it, it's better off somewhere else. I will say that I have kept a total of 30 books that I enjoy and know I will read again (yes there may be 1 or 2 that are kept for sentimental reasons).

I use to have a HUGE book hoarding problem. I had bookshelves full of books I didn't think I could ever give away.
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:29 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I'd toss it with no compunction whatsoever, since you don't want to spread its propaganda. I would be glad to get rid of it.
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Old 12-03-2016, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Left SoCal for CO, Tampa then Austin. Left Austin & am now in limbo, again...
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I'd never toss a book either. If it's poorly written or I didn't like it for any reason, I'd still not toss it... someone will want to read it. I do occasionally read books or watch docs on subjects I don't agree with, just to see what others are thinking.

So, I usually sell my leftovers on Half.com or Amazon. If the price would have to be set too low to be worth my while, then I'd donate it to the library, drop it in a Goodwill donation box or as another said above, leave it behind in a coffee shop, bus stop, etc.

A nice custom was when I was in a small PA town last year & just inside the door was a rack of free books for anyone to take. They were the leftovers from the library's book sale. I was there for the free WiFi & thought people were stealing books, as people would open the door & quickly take a book, sometimes without even stepping inside & closing the door. There was a bus stop outside, so I suppose the rush was to not miss their bus.

At the very least, particularly if the condition were unacceptable to sell, gift or donate, I'd drop it into a recycle bin.
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:24 PM
Status: "Hello, Autumn!" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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Some here missed the point. It's not about passing a book on, but about destroying it.

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I'd toss it with no compunction whatsoever, since you don't want to spread its propaganda. I would be glad to get rid of it.
Thank you.

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I'd never toss a book either. If it's poorly written or I didn't like it for any reason, I'd still not toss it... someone will want to read it. I do occasionally read books or watch docs on subjects I don't agree with, just to see what others are thinking.

So, I usually sell my leftovers on Half.com or Amazon. If the price would have to be set too low to be worth my while, then I'd donate it to the library, drop it in a Goodwill donation box or as another said above, leave it behind in a coffee shop, bus stop, etc.

A nice custom was when I was in a small PA town last year & just inside the door was a rack of free books for anyone to take. They were the leftovers from the library's book sale. I was there for the free WiFi & thought people were stealing books, as people would open the door & quickly take a book, sometimes without even stepping inside & closing the door. There was a bus stop outside, so I suppose the rush was to not miss their bus.

At the very least, particularly if the condition were unacceptable to sell, gift or donate, I'd drop it into a recycle bin.
I like the idea of a recycle bin. Thank you. Maybe I'll tear the pages out first. lol
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Old 12-13-2016, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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You can pass it on for someone elses enjoyment (or not) via charity shops or second hand book stalls. So no I don't throw them away, they end up hopefully contributing to a charity of my choice.
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Old 12-23-2016, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I have a container downstairs full of books I plan to post to paperbackswap.com OR I will give them away to a thrift store. What I may not like someone else might. I own A LOT of books and I only keep ones I really like and want to reread or ones I want my kids to read when they get older.
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