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29 March 2009 @ 04:26 pm
Because we're redoing the kitchen, I had to reorganize and sort through everything in the attic.

True story.

Anyway, amidst the Rubbermaid containers of summer clothes and costumes, the Christmas decorations and my Grams' china (that's been there since we moved), there were boxes and boxes and boxes of books. I have a lot of books. A LOT. As a lifelong avid reader who worked for far too long at a bookstore and is also more than a bit of a pack rat, I tell you: a lot. When we made the move from NJ to our wee house, I culled a goodly number of books. About a year ago, I made another sweep, which yielded about four shopping bags full that are currently sitting in my basement. *

Even after the work of the past two days, I still have three (no, wait - four. well, three and three quarters) overstuffed bookshelves in the house and seven large plastic bins of books in the attic. That's what I'm keeping.

Between the attic and my office, I've filled nine shopping bags (two of them oversized) and four standard size book boxes. Let's not forget the four bags in my basement. All those books need to find new homes. I'd just donate the lot to the library, but they don't want them. There was some sort of book sale brewing; I'm certain I saw a sign in town - somewhere - asking for donations. Of course I can't recall where I saw it; online search yields nothing. I suppose I could try to sell some back at the ol' B&N, but I doubt they're taking much right now, the economy being what it is.

We're planning on having a yard sale at some point. I'm sure I could set them out there. But it's such a huge number of volumes, it almost makes sense to have my own book sale. Or book party. Come and browse and take what you want. I could even combine it with the kitchen-warming. Or I could make a list of what I have and post it here and if you lot could tell me if you want anything. If you work in NYC, barleymash could bring it in to work with him. If not, we'd make other arrangements.

Two things I ask of you:

1. Any other ideas as to how I can get such a large number of books taken off of my hands?

2. Anyone interested in free books? And, if so, what kinds would you be looking for? Fair warning: most of my stuff is SciFi/fantasy and teen/YA. And ARCs of all kinds of things, fiction and non-.

If I'm feeling completely crazy, I'll sort them by type and make that title list.

*of course, after every sweep, I continued to buy books and take advantage of free ARCs. it all built up again. what is wrong with me?
I feel: busybusy
Stealth Chaos Butterflybunnymcfoo on March 29th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
meep! i would be most interested in knowing what ya and non-fiction you have going. <3
wench18: Booksinhandwench18 on March 29th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
I am totally interested in taking books off of your hands! My used book store sells books to me at 1/2 off cover price (minus any credit I have with them). I am very willing to pay you the 1/2 off cover price if you are interested!!

I am looking for Charles DeLint, Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Madeline L'Engle, Stephen Brust, Neil Gaiman, Pat Murphy, Joel Rosenberg, Greg Bear, Margaret Ball, and I forget who else. If you have any of those - can you tell me what titles?

There is also BookMooch dot com. You register what books you have to give out, people ask you for them, you send them and then get Mooch Credit. You can then get books from other people in the mooch group!

Zoë Tzoethor on March 29th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oooooo fantasy, scifi and YA? Unfortunately, I do NOT need more books. Bah...
Ratesjul: world booksratesjul on March 29th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Well you COULD just ship the whole lot to me ... Oh, wait, I don't need more books EITHER, and that would cost a small fortune.

What about listing them for sale on abebooks.com or amazon.com? Or seeing if caragana_leaves's mother can use them for her school library - though there you have the shipping issue again.

That said, any L'Engle you have going spare I'd be very much interested in - my collection is growing but still has holes. Stoopid bookshops here don't seem to stock her.
Kel: books are loveladyjoust on March 29th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I don't have any L'Engle to spare, but I do have a book already set aside for you. :D

Ratesjulratesjul on March 29th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I would have been rather surprised if you had any L'Engle to spare... she's quite something isn't she?

And Ooo, book! :! :) *savors*
mistress_kathmistress_kath on March 29th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Is there a hospital or nursing home nearby that maintains a lending library for patients? They're usually looking for donations.
Andrewquueer on March 29th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
My stepsister (no, you've never heard me mention a stepsister before) is a 7th/8th grade teacher and she's been spending lots and lots on books cos her students want to read but if they aren't like IN the classroom they won't take the initiative to go to the library.

So if you wanted to send some her way, she'd be greatly appreciative.

Also, I love books. You could send me some YA/Teen stuff :-D
(no subject) - punkishfaery on March 29th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!: Nerdfighters OMGfaded_lilac on March 29th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I would love to know what you've got, especially YA stuff. I'm always looking for new books, especially as summer gets closer!
Amanda: The Middlemananyagee on March 29th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know what you have so I can take some of those books off your hands!
tari3: [Books] DLM Mason & Sonnetstari3 on March 29th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Ooo! *looks over at my own overstuffed bookshelves* I am so willing to take some books off your hands.

I suppose I could try to sell some back at the ol' B&N, but I doubt they're taking much right now

Buy Backs are suspended until the end of April, but it's because they're getting ready for inventory. If you've got anything left at the end of April, give 'em a call (or just bring 'em in, 'cause we love seeing you!) and see what they're taking.
albinomarealbinomare on March 29th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've my own overflow to deal with, unfortunately. Never enough room!

I second what someone else said...check out hospitals, senior centers, schools, and assisted living facilities. All of them usually are in need. You can also always donate to goodwill and the like as well.
Rennierengirlie87 on March 30th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
pick me! pick me!
Mairearanturas on March 30th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
As someone with finite space and an infinite ability to collect books, I feel your pain. I've always donated the extras to the local library or Salvation Army...that way a good cause gets books and you get a tax deduction. :)
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 30th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Michael Scott is not buying books right now because inventory is coming up on April 22.
But I'm sure he would buy back after that date. Call to find out what he'll accept after that date.
Molly: this land dinosaurszapthatmonster on March 30th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Dude, I am into books and would be willing to send some shipping money for a box of them. I'm into sci-fi and YA stuff or anything else that is good.