This has made me a little curious:
- How often do other people normally get rid of books?
- What's your criteria for making the decsion on a book?
- How many books/boxes of books are there usually to get rid of?
- Favored means of getting rid of them? (Donation, sale, giant bonfire)
My own answers would be:
- Twice in my lifetime, so far, but both within a 5 year span. This doesn't count books I've moved away from (lost in a move, left at parents house and then lost when the house was lost).
- Previously, my criteria has been "Am I sure that I will never read this, ever, in any
circumstances. This time, I'm trying something a little more complex, but also being stricter about applying it.
- Is it in the public domain and accessible on Project Gutenberg? If so, and it doesn't have valuable formatting, notation, or included essays, it goes.
- Do I have multiple copies? If so, check which one is better, discard all others.
- Was it bought just because it looked hilariously bad? If so, consider strongly for discarding. I've kept some of these - Silk and Steel, and a Mercedes Lackey tie-in book for the old Interplay RPG "The Bard's Tale."
- Then, the old standby - "Will I probably read/re-read this book?"
- Well, this time, about eight boxes so far. I think it was a little less last time; I've changed my criteria.
- Donation. Last time, I took them to Goodwill - in Sarasota, I took them to the Selby Library.