Monday, March 10, 2008

My Library Is Bloated!

Are you an avid reader of books?If they answer is yes, I have two things to say to you. First, you need to go to our sister blog! Second, you probably have a bloat of books that you would like to get rid of, but have not been able to. True, you could pay it forward, give the books away, which is great. However, what if your taste in books does not match up with your friends? Okay, have you tried selling them in a garage sale? Do you really want to take on that project just to get rid of some books? Have you ever sold them on ebay? We all know that only yields pennies on the dollar after you end up shipping them and the like. Worse yet, have you tried going down to the local used book store to unload some books? They look at you as if you are trying to give them toxic waste cake with bubonic plague frosting.

Well, surfing on another GTD website, I found an article about the website Powell's
Apparently, this web service has a link called Sell Us Your Books. You simply type into a little text box the ISBN number of your book (it's the barcode number right above the barcode on your book and they all have one). Then you click submit, and then Powell's gives you store credit for your books. I sold about 9 paperbacks for $12.00 dollars of store credit. Then they send you a pre-paid shipping label. You box up the books, and send them on their way. Pretty Cool! I tried this out recently (yesterday), and it was a snap. Now I can go surf their own used and new books.

Listen, the book industry will hate me for saying it, but we're at a point we're the books we read on paper are becoming a huge burden on our environment. Please, consider recycling your books as it is a great way to save money and cut back on waste.

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