My car is currently full to the roof with bags and boxes of books. They are on their way to the Mississauga Symphony Book Sale. The proceeds from the annual book sale go to the symphony. I like this idea, it combines two of my dearest loves..music and reading.
Just in case, here are some other inventive ideas.........
1. Give them away anonymously. Place a box saying "Free Books" on your street. At your work or school, place a box saying "Free Book Exchange" in an alcove or eating area.
2. You can release your books "into the wild". Leave it somewhere so someone can find it and enjoy it.
3. Put up a "Free Books" box in a location that people wait--the laundromat, hospital waiting rooms, bus stops, and the like. (You may need to obtain permission from staff first).
4. Consider trading your old books for new books.
5. Sell your book to one of several book-buying websites. Use http://bookscouter.com to see who is paying the most for them. You can also try to sell them directly on a site such as eBay, half.com, and Amazon if you want to make money selling your books. You can also start a part-time business selling your excess books online. Visit http://www.weberbooks.com/selling/selling.htm for ideas on how to sell your old books and obtain other books for resale.
6. Used bookstores will buy back or give trade credit for books in good condition.
7. Give your books to a thrift shop like Goodwill or Salvation Army.
8. Sell them in a garage sale.
9. Hold a book/stuff swap. Invite friends and trade things you want to get rid of.
10. Hold a White Elephant party, where everyone brings an unmarked wrapped gift of a gently used item which could be books, CDs etc.
11. Find a charity online that needs books by searching for book donations in Google. There are a lot of countries trying to rebuild their libraries in Asia and the Middle East.
12. Donate books to your local library or a Friends of the Library Group. Most libraries have yearly book sales. They'll resell to raise money for the library the Library and you get a tax write-off. You'll feel good too. Please make sure your donated books are in resale condition and remove any personal items (photos, bookmarks, letters, cards). Please don't donate books that have water stains, mold or mildew stains or are bug infested - it can spread to other books and damage an entire collection.
13. Lend old books to your friends and vice versa. That way gain exposure to a variety of books without spending a lot of money.
14. Recycle books properly. Not all books are candidates for re-use or finding a new home, like old encyclopedias. Some municipalities will recycle books if brought to a solid waste deposit.
15. If you are a college student, the college book store will buy back your books.
17. Make a hollowed out book.
19. Visit http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243471.0 and learn how to do a lamp out of three books.
I didn't make this up, this is part of an actual list on "Wiki How". That's where I first got the notion. One of the ideas for controlling your book buying is that you can only buy a new book when you get rid of an old one. Now I'll be able to purchase all those great ideas that Susan keeps me up to date on. If there is something you are looking for, let me know before I head off down the road later today!