How to get rid of old textbooks?

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  1. Haunty profile image80
    Hauntyposted 8 years ago

    Any creative ideas to do this? smile

    1. thooghun profile image83
      thooghunposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Jog to your local University and sell them:) Not particularly creative, however that's what I'd do (and did).

      In terms of creativity: Make a point of doing a "burn the biology book" day and then write a sociological piece comparing it to "burn the Qu'ran" and do your best to end up on Fox. Propeller hat and all.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If they're history books, send 'em to me (if they really are old).  I'd like to compare them to the new books that so-called scholars have twisted according to their own agendas....

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      doin't you donate yours?

      lots of community centres, inner city schools and hubbers could benefit  lol

      no really  :`

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image80
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Put an ad up on Kijiji... post flyers at school.

  3. ChristinaScibona profile image72
    ChristinaScibonaposted 8 years ago

    You could donate them to a library or if you want to make money, you can sell offers very competitive prices...I use them a lot

  4. Haunty profile image80
    Hauntyposted 8 years ago

    @ thooghun - I've done it both ways already. That's why I was looking for something out of the ordinary this time.

    Anyway, the Koran burns much faster than the average textbook. It's much more easily consumed by fire. I think, it's up to everyone's preferences to interpret this.

    @ Brenda Durham - This is one.

    I was wondering if I could just throw it into the bin or if it counts as hazardous waste. Anyway, it's in Italian. If you speak Italian as spoken in the Middle Ages, I can send it.

    @ Uninvited Writer - Good suggestions. Thank you. There isn't much demand for these types of books, so I think they are best donated to a school or library where people can find them if they need them.

    @ ChristinaScibona - I didn't know about It looks like a very useful site. Thank you for the top tip.

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      china manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You should never burn any book - if you don't want it, find someone or somewhere to give it.

      1. Haunty profile image80
        Hauntyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        It started as fantasies. I used to daydream about setting fire to random things - clothes, hair, books, government buildings... but it quickly developed into an uncontrollable desire to live out these fantasies. I used to take serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but they don't really help any more.

      2. Aficionada profile image85
        Aficionadaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Sure, and if it has gotten wet and moldy/mildewy, the best thing to do is to keep it in your house, right next to your bed, so that you can breathe in the mold and mildew all night long.  After all, every book (even one written by fundies or by illiterate troglodytes) is far more important than the life of the person who has somehow inadvertently inherited it.  Right?


        1. Haunty profile image80
          Hauntyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          That makes sense. I think I have even more books to get rid of than I thought.

  5. skyfire profile image69
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    You can send it to project Gutenberg or similar projects that preserves old books/content.

    You can also donate or trade book on

  6. vanchen profile image81
    vanchenposted 8 years ago

    sell them to me!

  7. schoolgirlforreal profile image80
    schoolgirlforrealposted 8 years ago

    there was an ad on craigslist about coming and picking up books for free, if you want to dispose of them.

    donate them to a library or somewhere.

    have a yardsale?
    sell them on ebay

  8. brianzen profile image60
    brianzenposted 8 years ago

    Paper mache'

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 8 years ago

    Although I have 3 hardcover books I dod razor out large square in middle pages

    Great safe place for money, jewellery and  ah ............................  just you do two

    otherwise I wish I could but cannot help

    have sadly never seen a book

    good luck smile

  10. Aficionada profile image85
    Aficionadaposted 8 years ago

    I think it would be worthwhile for you to ask a librarian what a library does with old books that are not valuable enough to preserve in some way.  Libraries (and book stores and book publishers) do have to make choices, and that does not automatically mean that they always keep the books.  (But the one in the picture that you showed really looks beautiful, even though in a deteriorating state.  I think you should talk with a librarian or museum curator about it and any like it.)

    If any of your old textbooks really have deteriorated significantly, it would not be a good idea to donate them, and especially not to a nursing home - you would only be passing along whatever possible problems they might have.  But the ones that are in good condition could be shared.

    If you want to try to preserve them yourself, you might try something I did.  One of my favorite textbooks developed a moldy binding from improper storage.  Since I really wanted to keep it, I cleaned the mold/mildew off, page by page up close to the binding. Then I babysat it outside to allow it to dry in the sun, flipping pages frequently to expose them to air. Another method of drying that I have used (rarely) is to preheat an oven to the lowest possible temperature (around 180 deg. F.), then put a book or other paper article in it; but I always stayed with it and watched closely and flipped pages to promote even drying.  Little kids, don't try this at home!


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