What should I do to clear out shit books?


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One of my (late) new year resolutions is to give up on the books I've been trying to read, but am clearly never going to finish. But I'm in something of a conundrum when it comes to especially shit and hard to read books - the sort of books I'd not lend to anyone without feeling guilty about them wasting hours of their life on something worse than pointless.

So my options are:
- Sell them
- Give then to charity
- Bookcross them (i.e leave them somewhere)

I guess the advantage of giving them to a charity shop (or leaving them somewhere without using bookcrossing.com) is that it's pretty anonymous. But somehow I feel more guilty about giving away a poisoned chalice than selling it to someone. After all, selling always has an element of buyer beware.
#1 at 20:23:29 - 13/01/2008
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Burn them. They're dangerous.
#2 at 20:25:42 - 13/01/2008
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Hmm, good idea. Certainly more fun than just throwing them away (and besides, I don't really like destroying books - but burning them could be a good political point). Only downside is that it wouldn't be carbon neutral, since while the paper is made from recently grown trees, there's an energy cost of making books and shipping them.

Still, two more ideas:
- Bin them
- Burn them

On the green front, I suppose I could recycle them. I'd have to shred them first of course, to destroy the toxic ideas in them.

One more question though: if I burnt them as part of a barbecue, would it make the burgers poisonous?
#3 at 21:03:11 - 13/01/2008
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mal said:One more question though: if I burnt them as part of a barbecue, would it make the burgers poisonous?

Depends if any of them are written by Jamie Oliver or not.
#4 at 21:08:32 - 13/01/2008
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glol!
#5 at 21:19:46 - 13/01/2008
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Release 'em into the wild (BookCross 'em)

Works for me.
#6 at 22:08:51 - 13/01/2008
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Do you use the website? Or just leave them about? For decent books, I wouldn't mind tracking how many people get to read them (and if it travels far), which is what the website can give you.
#7 at 03:07:20 - 14/01/2008
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oooh, never heard of bookcross but it looks interesting.

There's a book swapping meet here I go to at times which is useful.
#8 at 09:51:08 - 14/01/2008
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Bookmooch.com
#9 at 10:48:49 - 14/01/2008
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Furbs said:Burn them. They're dangerous.


/throws a copy of Fahrenhait 451 at Furbs' head.
#10 at 12:10:28 - 14/01/2008
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Rhythm said:Bookmooch.com


Looks interesting. Could do with better search options though. Browsing through 168k books in english, or god knows however many fiction books is not ideal (though I don't blame them for not attempting to categorise fiction).
#11 at 13:55:33 - 14/01/2008

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