Where do unwanted books go?

7 Sep

This post caught my eye tonight.
What do you do with ‘unwanted books’. And which do you prefer, second hand or brand new?

Geeky Book Snob

A friend of mine posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to know where he could go to “get rid of unwanted books”.  I found his choice of the word ‘unwanted’ caused me to immediately imagine a pile of sad books who had nowhere to go.  I responded to his post and demanded to know what the books ever did to him to make him no longer want them.   I thought of the book I finished not too long ago that many fellow bloggers suggested to me; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and its ‘cemetery of forgotten books’.  I thought they could go there but then realized it wasn’t that these books were forgotten, they were unwanted.  So where do unwanted books go?

He got numerous suggestions from other people – all of them suggesting second-hand stores which were great.  I realized then that second-hand stores were the orphanages of unwanted books and that…

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2 Responses to “Where do unwanted books go?”

  1. Emily Witt September 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I love second-hand book shops! (Though I always go in with grand intentions of only buying one or two and then the person on the counter has to give me a box in which to transport my massive name to the car). The charity “Lifeline” also has enormous book fairs in my city and others about three times a year, so I often donate books to them and then go to the fair and stock up again.


    • rosedandrea September 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      That’s a good way to do it. One of the used book stores around here will let you trade books in for credit toward your next purchase. For being a little hole in the wall location they have a great selection.
      I have to be careful going in there, though, since I suffer from the same affliction as you. 🙂

      Too many delicious books, not enough money. lol


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