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Weeding my collection...

So, I'm moving soon, and I've decided to do the responsible adult thing and get rid of as much stuff as possible. Since 90% of my stuff is books, I've started there - I've got 8 boxes of books to get rid of.

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.

    1. 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.

    2. Do I have multiple copies? If so, check which one is better, discard all others.

    3. 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."

    4. 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.

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