What you do with your books after they have been read?

May I ask what you do with your books after they have been read? πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

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  • Donate them to library or other groups. I generally don’t buy books anymore. Check out from library or download to kindle.

  • I try to resell them. There’s an app called bookscouter that compares prices offered by online companies that generally provide shipping. I generally use http://sellbackyourbook.com/ since free shipping is provided with $5 in resale.

  • Give them to friends or donate to a college here that raises money by holding a giant sale. Keep my favs tho

  • Our coop building has a room dedicated to a lending library, so we bring our books there.

  • My new thing is to give them away to other readers. If I love them, then I keep them but otherwise, I’m moving them along to others who will read and enjoy them!

  • I take them to Vintage books and get credit for them and start my search for that next lovely book.

  • I share them with another reader or take them to swap store. I am waiting to install my Little Free Library and then they will go there.

  • I have a hard time letting mine go.i become quite attached to them during my reading relationship with them.

    • Me too. I rarely let them go and when I do its usually to friends who I know will love them as much as I do.

  • If I don’t want to keep it, I donate it to my library.

  • Pass them on to anyone else who would like to read them. Or if they are very very special I keep them – not many of those though.

  • If appropriate, I donate them to the high school where I teach. Some I keep. Some I donate to a Little Free Library.

  • I read books that mostly come from the library. If I happen to buy one, I keep it in my collection or lend it to a friend.

  • I keep books that I dearly loved, and donate the rest to the senior center!

  • Those I don’t want to keep, I set aside, and eventually take to a thrift store.

  • I keep the ones I love and donate the rest to our library’s book sale.

  • I have been connected and used http://paperbackswap.com/ for several years. So…some fly away to the ends of the USA…to be enjoyed by others….and some fly to me to begin our time together!

  • If nonfiction business related I keep a Lending Library in office for staff to borrow. Encourages reading and discussions.

  • Keep the ones I know I will visit again and donate the rest to the library.

  • I mostly use the public library or Kindle. My library belongs to Overdrive, that is e-books that you can check out. The titles are limited, but I’ve found some pretty good reads that way.

  • Overdrive and the Cloud Library are my go-tos for books for my devices!!! =)

  • I keep most of mine. Some I give to friends, some I give to the library … occasionally I trade them at a resell store πŸ“š

  • I have a.ways been a library customer, buying on,y the books I most love. I do need to have some books in my home, don’t u derstand houses without books! I have arthritis in my hands and am grateful that our library has loads of e-books and audio books.

  • I get most of my reads from the library and only buy books I want to keep.

  • I’ve been thinking about selling. I need to see what actual mailing cost is for typical different-sized books. I buy many of my books on the Amazon marketplace for one cent plus $3.99 shipping.

  • Depends on how much I loved them. I keep my favorites, pass along the pretty good ones, and then trade in the rest at my local used bookstore (.)

  • Friends, family or I take to MD Anderson and leave for other cancer warriors to enjoy. Occasionally swap on paperbackswap or bookmooch.

  • Sometimes I sell them, most times I donate to the Friends of the Public Library

  • We have one of those Little Libraries in our town. Books also go to my sister and to Half Price Books.

  • Usually I return them to the library. If not library books I return them to the owner or pass them on. My town has a number of little free libraries.

  • I either give to my reader friends if I think a particular book is one they’d enjoy or I donate to Friends of the Library. A few I keep for always although now that I’m older I’m more prone to pass them along. I was happy that I’d saved all my original Harry Potter books because my granddaughter got into them last year and I was able to give her the entire set. She was beyond thrilled.

  • I love the way books look on a shelf so I selfishly keep them all!

  • Keep a few,share,donate to Library,nursing homes. I have downsized so can’t keep too many.I have a Kindle that I have many books on but I still prefer physical books.

  • I turn most in to the used book store in town. I get trade credit for it. any books they don’t keep, they donate to the library. it’s win-win

  • If it’s an author i enjoy and would read again then i keep. If its a book regardless of author, if I’d read it again i keep but mostly i donate to charities.

  • i place them in storage boxes. there’s no way i’ll get rid of my old books.

  • I lend them to family and friends. When everyone has read them, I donate them to our local Friends of the Library sale.

  • This past Christmas I made a Christmas tree out of them. I keep them all so that my kids in the future will have a library to themselves

  • I generally donate them to the library but if I’m traveling or have a lot to carry and finish a book that I’m reading, I’ll leave it somewhere like the bus or coffee shop.

    • I also have left books but mainly in places I have stayed for my beach vacations adding to the books already there. One condo I rent frequently invites us to take one (or a few) and leave the same amount for the next renter.

    • Sometimes I leave them on a bench. I figure someone will pick it up. Hopefully someone who will read it/pass it on! πŸ˜„

    • I have a paperback that I just finished (The Sparrow Sisters) and don’t want to keep. I am going shopping today so I think I will take it along and leave it on a bench in the mall. Cool idea.

  • We donated several bags of books to the local veterans’ hospital a few years ago…mostly mysteries, Tom Clancy, etc. They were very grateful.

  • I saw a great post a while back… “It’s not hoarding if it’s books.” I keep most of them, I do loan out to friends who I trust will return them. Sometimes I’ll leave a book at a “Little Library” in the neighborhood, sometimes I’ll donate to Goodwill or the Library.

    • Great idea! But can they accept donations? Prisoners have to receive books shipped by publisher or bookstore.

    • Work through the Prison Librarians to get the books into the system. They will help you figure it out. Spanish books are in high need also. Start with the State corrections office to get some contacts. Good luck!!

  • One of my goals for this year is to set up a Little Free Library outside to share with my neighbors.

  • Reread. Lend them out. Send them off to a local used book store (not many of them go here)…πŸ˜‰

  • I do trade-ins at my Little Free Libraries–but I leave more than I take. Some books I take to the homeless shelter. People hunger for books as well as food!

  • If i didnt like it, i give it away. If i enjoyed it, i put in our shed in a weather proof box to save for my kid(s) to read one day.

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