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article imageOp-Ed: How do you recycle or reuse unwanted books?

By Andrew Moran     Aug 2, 2013 in Business
Toronto - Over the years, we have accumulated a ton of books. Our bookshelves are filled with novels, textbooks, autobiographies, historical accounts and how-tos.
As time passes, a lot of these books just seem to be collecting dust and haven’t been touched since the Clinton administration. Also, you’re probably one of the millions buying into the hype of ereaders and ebooks.
Physical bookstores are becoming antiquated establishments, while some used bookstores thrive and others are on the brink of failure. It’s no secret that the aforementioned buy all kinds of books – with the difficult economic climate more of these businesses are starting to become cautious as to what they buy – but the question is: are people purchasing a book about Joan Collins or an encyclopedia from 1979? The odds of them doing so are slim to none.
Nevertheless, despite the growing shift to ebooks, many people still enjoy the old-fashioned form of physical editions of their favorite classics or textbooks.
“How do we get from the Old World to the New World as quickly as possible?” said Andrew Kvaal, a senior vice president for Cengage, in an interview with Reuters. “An awful lot of people still resonate with having a physical book in front of them.”
As more households begin to downsize their lifestyles, they want to get rid of much of unwanted stuff as possible, including their 1999 book about Monica Lewinsky and, for those who have grown out of Scandinavian philosophy characteristics; their Soren Kierkegaard is just sitting there not making people think about the treacherous miseries of life.
So, how does one even begin to recycle or reuse these unwanted books? Here are some suggestions.
If you’re looking to get rid of your unwanted books and others still browse used bookstores and like physical books then this is a perfect union.
Whether it’s trying to sell them at used bookstores, on Amazon or during garage sales, it’s best to try to sell your unwanted books instead of just tossing them aside. If you’re considering selling them to your local used bookstore, it’s best to call ahead and see if it’s something the owner is interested in buying (there’s no use of carrying 50 pounds of books across midtown).
If you’ve given up attempting to understand Isaac Asimov or Erich Von Daniken and tried to pawn them off to Joe’s Books then perhaps donating it to charities, non-profit organizations, libraries and schools – even leaving it at coffee shops – is a wise and kind gesture. Individuals can also donate it to places like Goodwill, Value Village or dispensers that are located in parking lots of malls and plazas.
Office furniture
Books can be used for all kinds of things and not just for reading. If you’re tired of perusing books about socialism (we all were there at that point in our lives during high school or college) then you could use it as furniture for your office or school space. Your unwanted books can be utilized as a lap desk, paper weight, book ends and even a desk (separate a large stack of books into two columns and place a piece of wood in the middle).
The paper from the book is great to light a fire, be used as packing material for sensitive items, a unique concept for wrapping paper and even cat litter (cats tend to love the pages of book, especially when you’re busy). Of course, if you’re an admirer of the ancient Japanese art then you could even do some origami.
Perhaps an individual is looking for Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” or Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” On the other hand, if you’re looking for a USB flash drive then both parties are in luck. Bartering has become the newest sensation in the economy because a lot of people don’t have disposable incomes. It should be noted that used bookstores tend to allow you to trade books for CDs, DVDs and even other books.
Give up
Or just keep it. If you plan to have children, your extensive book collection is a great way to introduce your son and/or daughter to the world of reading. In this world, when children don’t have the attention span or will to read, an eclectic bookshelf is perfect to tap into the child’s interest(s).
This article was first seen in Capital Liberty News.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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