It used to be that if I had a stack of old books, I could get rid of them quite easily because few people say no to the gift of a book, even a used one. When my kids were young, we donated over 200 books to their school library, which was a huge amount of fun. Beyond that, my old hometown actually boasts a still thriving chain of used bookstores called the Wee Book Inn where you can sell your books for real money or get an even better deal by using store credit.
“Don’t you have some literature? I’m always looking for that,” one bookseller wanted to know.
“My son is an English major, so he’ll be keeping the serious books. I have a lot of novels and some really good business books to rid myself of.”
“Too bad,” he replied. “There’s really no market for that stuff.”
A couple of friends have told me that they are no longer buying physical books, just eBooks. “You know that I’m a writer, don’t you?” I asked one.
“Of course I do,” she replied unhelpfully.
My stack of slightly dog eared fiction and business references need to move on, as do some movies and really old CDs. I don’t want to throw any of it out, and I know I could donate them here and there. Really, I am counting the miles that I am moving in two short months, and want to gather whatever change for the gas tank and the occasional night in a motel for a decent shower that I can.
Putting this stuff on the internet will make for a tough way to get work done in between. I wonder if I should just advertise a “moving sale” (since I am in an apartment and cannot hold a garage sale) and advertise it all over the place.
Darn, this is getting hard.