How Can You Get Rid of Books?

No, seriously. I want to know the answer to that question.

I’m currently working on a project to eliminate clutter and reduce the “excess” that we live with. Each week I want to remove one item from my home. It may be something I would truly consider to be clutter – something completely unnecessary for our lives. Or, it may be something that I just think is excessive – something we don’t need but perhaps someone else does.

This week I thinned out the bookshelf a bit. If this is your first time ever visiting my blog or if you don’t know me at all, you may not know this about me, but I love books. LOVE books. My absolute, all time, favorite way to relax is to visit a Barnes & Noble without children. Just to touch and smell and flip through all the books…heaven.

But, I don’t necessarily want books hanging out in my house. Which is why I’m a huge fan of the Kindle and will forever be a loyal e-book reader. Thousands of books, one perfectly sized device. Let’s be honest, the vast majority of books we read we only read one time. I have some favorites that I’ll read again every few years, sure. But what do you do with the rest? You buy a book, read it once, then it forever sits on a shelf collecting dust?

Not a good use of the book. Or the space it takes up.

So, I looked through my books and pulled out those that I will probably not read again. This is in no way a reflection on the quality of these books – these are all books I would highly recommend. They just aren’t books I’ll read over and over. So…back to my original question…what do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them to a library? Give them to a friend? Sell them at a yard sale? Not sure what would be appropriate. If I had written a book I think I’d want it to be in the hands of someone it would benefit – so I’d want it to be donated or given to someone who needs it.

I think that’s what I’ll do with these. Unless, of course, someone knows a more appropriate way to remove them from my house.

Question: Which do you prefer – paper books or e-books?

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4 responses to “How Can You Get Rid of Books?

  1. Rhonda March 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I keep most of my books, but like you I have started going with a lot of ebooks. If it’s by a favorite author I sometimes buy the ebook and a tree book for my bookshelf.

    When I do get rid of books I have started donating the to the library instead of taking them to McKay’s (which is not what it used to be). I also LOVE “paperbackswap.com.” If you haven’t checked that out it’s a pretty good idea.

  2. jim March 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I prefer physical books for visual books and ebooks for the others. For example, Steal Like An Artist, is a very visual book. The physical book is my choice there. For a non-fiction book, I prefer an ebook.

    • Chrystal March 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I would agree with that Jim. Some books don’t translate well to the kindle screen. I wonder if iPad is changing that though? With the full color and the ability to manipulate images, visual books may be even better in the e-book format. Have you seen the way they are doing text books and such? Pretty impressive – makes me want to study something. 🙂

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