Books take up the most amount of space and weight when packing and moving. Our book collection is massive-yet it is a great deal smaller than it used to be.
Over the years we’ve sold or donated hundreds of books. While this is a good way to not hang on to excess books, there are certain drawbacks. For instance, we don’t own a car so paying to take one out in order to try and sell or donate is uneconomical, not to mention time consuming. Just the other day we took out a car to try and sell 4 massive cartons full of books. Now, as I said, we’d already gotten rid of a lot of books…so these remaining ones were only ones that we liked.
We only managed to sell a few books, but didn’t want to get rid of the rest just because…I mean, I’m all for donating books so that others can enjoy them, but there are books out there for people to read, already.
I was deeply saddened at the thought of having to give up many of the books in our collection, so I am glad in a way to be able to take them with us. We’ll be donating 2 bins worth, still, but many of the ones we’re keeping are real treasures. Having more or less stopped buying physical books, instead primarily reading on our Sony ereaders, we’ve tried to sell a lot of our books. How have we decided what to keep? Well, we have a lot of first editions, signed copies where we’ve met the authors in person, and a few others that hold sentimental attachment. We’ve basically kept ones that are too good to just give away, at least to just random people who might not appreciate ho great the books are. We don’t have more than a few paperbacks, mostly hardcovers or signed trade paperbacks. We have lots of design and art books that can’t be replicated in digital form.
What makes you decide which books to keep? Do you still buy physical copies of books?