A friend of mine and I were talking about this topic very recently: What do you do with books you don’t want anymore?
The obvious answer to most of you would be, of course, to donate them.
However, there’s a problem.
Both of us want to clean out more than 30 books off our bookshelves. We can donate them of course, but that’ll take about two to three trips back and forth from our house to the donation place. The nearest place we can donate our books is about an hour train ride away, just to go there. We both live in NYC where the subway fare isn’t cheap, it’s $2.50 per ride, so that’ll be $10 or $15 for two or three trips back and forth. $10 can buy me two good condition books. Not to mention, I’ll be wasting at least five to eight hours of my time donating the books. (I went there to donate a lot of books before and the door is always locked. They don’t have a bell because someone stole it, meaning I was just standing outside awkwardly with two heavy bags of books in my hands, waiting for one of the few employees to finally notice me outside.)
I’m not saying donating books is not a good thing; it’s just that there’s no real incentive in doing so if it costs us that much time and money.
I could mail the books I don’t want to a fellow book blogger who might want them, but from my personal experience, USPS is not reliable (even if you buy tracking) nor is it cheap if you want to mail out thirty plus books.
And finally, just leaving the books out in the garbage, where more than half of the books are in new condition, is literally such a waste.
What do you do with books you don’t want anymore?
(P.S. If you live in NYC and would be interested in getting some free books, tweet me or something. I’ll hug you.)
EDIT: Natalie reminded me that I forgot to talk about donating to the libraries.
Here’s the thing: The libraries in NYC don’t accept book donations, only money donations. So weird right?