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Subject: Any thoughts on what to do with all those books for those who are leaving ?
Date Posted: 2/5/2015 7:58 PM ET
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Even before the introduction of fees was announced, I had  been trying to decide if my use of the site was worth the time, cost of postage etc.  One facet I enjoy is seeing my books used and enjoyed by people all over the country. Still it does get expensive and do I REALLY blushneed one more book?  

have not decided what I want to do in light of the new changes.

If I do fold up my tent and shut down my bookshelf, I'm trying to decide the best way to farm out my books...and free up a whole set of bookshelves.  Any creative ideas on this?

BTW if I do leave it will be with no hard feelings...I have enjoyed the experience.



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Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:16 PM ET
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Why would anyone leave? Some will pay $20 ($18), some will pay $12, and others will do nothing and automatically become "a la carte" in which case not much changes except if they see a book they really want it will cost 50 cents extra. Or in my case we always used printed postage so I will pay nothing more than I pay now to mail a book. I don't know if I have all the details right but as I understand it I will still have 190 books on my wish list which will eventually lower to 100. There will still be access to most forums but not two special ones ( Not to sure of that but I don't belong to PBS because of the forums.)  That's about it , isn't it?

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:22 PM ET
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Donate the books to a woman's shelter or a local nursing home; or another service group who helps people out. 

To Thomas: some people would prefer not to pay extra fees to order a book and a la carte does not have access to the forums. 



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Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:23 PM ET
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I have been struggling with this issue too Pam. Frankly, I haven't received many books on my wish list (which is pretty darn small) nor have I been finding books that I want lately. I am also reading a lot more electronic books in the past few years. I closed my book shelf in early January because I've been traveling more lately. So I was thinking about leaving before the new fees. I may try another book trading site or else donate my books.  I'd love to hear what others are doing with their book shelves when they leave.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:25 PM ET
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Pam, you do not need to decide anything before the 15th. You will just go to the a la carte status. I know some are worried and want to see how things go before buying a membership. Others do not trade enough so feel the best option is to pay 49 cents per transaction.

If you have excess credits and don't want anymore at the moment, you can put your bookshelf on hold for a while.

If you decide to donate your books there are charities that take them and there are library sales.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:33 PM ET
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I have such a hard time passing up a good book, so I have so many books in my home even after weeding them out several times in several different ways. I've offered them at garage sales we've had, donated some to our senior center, donated some to schools and thrift stores...but still keep picking up morelaugh.

There like my little children and I care ...maybe too much...about their disposition!

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:54 PM ET
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I tend to post mostly MMP or thinner TPBs as shipping isn't too awful or on those, or offer heftier books through the WL multiples threads to make it worthwhile.

For me, I donate locally to our public library that has 2 large sales a year.

For childrens & YA, my local area has an organization called Book Harvest that gives books to kids that might not be able to have any under other circumstances. During their MLK donation day, they received over 22,000 books. It's really amazing to see the community supporting such a great cause.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 9:40 PM ET
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I guess the whole topic of what level to financially commit has brought up the broader question of how many books should I be accumulating.  If I were outright purchasing used books, it is not that much more and perhaps I could be more selective.  

It's fun to get credits for almost new books that I can't use, but it also feeds that bookaholic gene I have.  devil

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 9:49 PM ET
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Ah, Pam. I hear you on the bookaholic issue. A family trait for me.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 9:55 PM ET
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I have started leaving mine bit by bit at one of the "Little Free Libraries" popping up in my area. Basically, the idea is much like PBS but on a micro, local level: you are free to take a book but you need to leave a book in its place. They are small shelves, sometimes at someone's house, in a businesss, by a park bench, whatever, with maybe 25 to 50 books on them ranging from board book to bestsellers. Kinda fun, and a way to spread and encourage the incurable bookworm disease in the general population;)

http://littlefreelibrary.org/

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 9:57 PM ET
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Totally feel your pain on the Bookaholic thing. While PBS contributed to stacks & stacks, I think my undoing was the Borders stores going out of business as I think I purchased about 1,000 books during their final days after pillaging 4 different locations.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 10:15 PM ET
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There is definitely an upside to being a bookaholic, if you have enough book shelves and containers, it fosters the love of reading in future generations.

I ran into a woman who used to work at a thrift store I frequented and she still remembers my kids heading for the used books and sitting down to look/read when they were young!

My granddaughters love to read as well.



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Date Posted: 2/6/2015 12:00 AM ET
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I enthusiastically second the Little Free Library suggestion of Rebecca's, for any member here who has extra books, unpostable books with markings inside, etc. I built one of these in our front yard and it's gotten a lot of use by people in our area, though it sometimes gets a little bare. The website has a map of the locations, along with a growing list of new ones. 

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Date Posted: 2/6/2015 2:02 AM ET
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I think my undoing was the Borders stores going out of business as I think I purchased about 1,000 books during their final days after pillaging 4 different locations.

Melissa, we are cut from the same cloth!

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 7:45 AM ET
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I love the Free Libraries idea! I've seen those but didn't know people just built them. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 8:54 AM ET
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I've only been posting WL books for the last couple of years.  I just donate my non-WL books to the local charity run thrift store.  Than they aren't sitting around collecting dust and dog hair.  I keep a box in my room and as I read books, I put them in and when I have a couple of boxes full I donate.

There is also bookmoch and booksfreeswap.com.  I found bookmooch to be worse than here as far as being able to get WL books and getting people to respond to requests is next to impossible.  On booksfreeswap the requestor pays the postage so if you really like mailing your books out I would suggest that. I got tired of doing that and just donated most and save my WL books for here.



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Date Posted: 2/6/2015 8:56 AM ET
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Oh Borders.  Loved that store. I went with another local PBSer and when they closed and I got at least 50 books if not more.  I think I went several times. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 9:02 AM ET
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If you have Young Adult books you could always donate them to your local High School or we would take them too if you wanted to mail them to us!  We often don't get the funding the younger grades get and love it when others donate.   I am a librarian at our High School Library and I love it when we get donated books.  We have a place set up to sell some of the books cheap (the kids love building their libraries and we get more $ for newer books), and another space set up for the students to take books for free.   And sometimes we luck out and the books are so amazing I get to put them on the shelves.    Just a thought!



Last Edited on: 2/6/15 10:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/6/2015 9:10 AM ET
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I'm not sure, but I think BookCrossing is still running. I've never used it, but you leave a book with a serial number tag in it out in the 'wild', and hope that who ever finds it will log in and record where it went.

Then you can see some book as they travel.

I've donated mine to the FOL and thrift stores. Traded them in for credit at UBS's. Sent book packages to those in the military...

I think donations work well. Someone, somewhere can benefit by reselling them.

 

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 9:46 AM ET
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If you're donating books, check out their policy first.  I noticed a LOT of books in the dumpster at my local thrift store and asked about it.  They said they tossed anything more than a couple of years old, or that was more than just a bit 'used' looking.  Some of them looked better than some of my 'keepers' - lol.  They apparently felt it wasn't feasible to spend time sorting and shelving books that might only bring in a dollar or so.  I only have one FOL in my area that will accept older books, and it's about 25 miles away.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 10:24 AM ET
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If they are children's books, homeschooling books, or anything educational, you can send them to http://www.thebooksamaritan.com/ - you'd have to pay shipping, but you will get a tax write off including the shipping amount. They do not toss the books - anything they get ends up being sent out to needy homeschooling families GLOBALLY. 

Alternatively for the same type of books, you can offer them in one of the many FB groups like FFS for Homeschoolers - the person wanting will pay the shipping cost. 

I've also had luck with giving away bags of books on craigslist in the free section. A few times it was folks who wanted books to use in a nursing home, once it was a gal who uses book pages to create artwork. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 10:40 AM ET
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All my books (the ones I don't want) are going to the Friends of the Library Sale.

-RD

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Date Posted: 2/6/2015 10:59 AM ET
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Operation Paperback

Books for troops overseas and their families.  You would have to pay postage, but it is tax deductible.  I send a box or two each year.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 11:10 AM ET
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Here's a "free library" i made for my sister in Chicago:

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Subject: Book giveaway
Date Posted: 2/6/2015 1:50 PM ET
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Trinity - Thanks for the idea and the link. I'll see what I have that The Book Samaritan might be able to use.

 

Thomas - Way cool!

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