Photo Credit (and a great way to keep books from the landfill!) Better World Books
Further to my post last week about recycling books, I’ve been having a think about the best ways to find them new loving homes, zero waste style. People mentioned a couple of my favourites in the comments section, so I thought it might be helpful to pool our ideas here.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
1-Keep it in the family
Keep it in your immediate community and offer to friends, family and neighbours. I used to keep books in my porch and people who visited could go through them before they left to see if they wanted to take anything with them.
If you want to be more celebratory, why not organise a book swap party? Get together some friends, nibbles, booze and books have a rummage and a swap and take what’s left to a charity shop. Not great if your intention was to create bookshelf space, but I bet you’ll have fun!
Donate to a local library. How many times do books get stamped inside that front cover? Donate your books in the knowledge that others will be able to enjoy them too.
3-Charity begins on the bookshelves
Take to your local charity shop, so that profits raised from your books can be put to good work. If you can’t get to a charity shop, most civic ammenity sites will take old books and cds and pass them on.
Donate on Freecycle. I’ve got rid of books in this way before and if you sort them into genres, you’re less likely to get a carbooter after them. Plus you might get to make a new like-minded friend.
Make yourself some cash with Green Metropolis. Every book is sold for £3.75, of which you get £3.00 credited to your account.
In addition, Green Metropolis donates 5p for every book sold to the ‘Tree For All’ campaign run by the Woodland Trust.
6-Sell, sell, sell
Make some cash on eBay, Amazon or in a second hand book shop. These are without the feel good factor of Green Metropolis but each has its benefits.
Amazon doesn’t charge any fees until your book sells and you can leave them up for as long as you like.
eBay charges less fees, but you take the gamble of spending out with nothing in return.
There are no fees with a second hand bookshop; only cash for you, but you won’t be guaranteed a sale and you’ll have to do the leg work.
6- Read then swap
Read It Swap It does as it says on the tin. You’ll mee t virtual community of people who want to read your books and swap their own.
7- Have a mooch
Book Mooch offers a similar system where you earn ‘points’ for every book you give away. You can exchange these points for other peoples books, so it means you are not limited to swapping with the books that someone else has like you are with Read It Swap It.
8- Set them free
I love the Bookcrossing site. Here, you can pay it forward by leaving your unwanted books on a park bench, in a cafe or at a hotel for a new owner to find. You can ‘tag’ your book with a unique code and allow fate to take your book on its travels.
9- Put a smile on someone’s face
Donate to a local hospital or hospice. Patients will probably love a good novel to while away the hours.
10-Educate the children
Take children’s books to a local school. They will love to plump up their library shelves by sharing your kids old books. If you have text books, then find a University or college library who might like them for new students.
What about you? What is your favourite way to get rid of books you no longer want?
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