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I have too many books. [Jan. 30th, 2009|01:10 am]
Douglas Spencer
I have too many books. I have too much of all sorts of stuff, but for the moment I'm talking about the books.

Some people occasionally do a "free stuff!" post, and their friends can offer to take said stuff off their hands. There's an implication that said friends are going to bump into said people, for example at a pub or convention or simply by being within easy visiting distance, within a reasonable timeframe.

Poll #1340071 Too Many Books

Is it worth my while doing one of those "free stuff" posts with lists of books?

Yes -- I'm often near London or Reading or Sheffield and delivery/collection would be easy
Yes -- I'm rarely near London or Reading or Sheffield but for good stuff I'd appoint a proxy or make the effort
Yes -- I share your too-much-stuff pain and have found this technique helpful in the past and believe you would do the same
A wise person once said "it doesn't count as decluttering if you just pass it all over to friends"

It's 1:10am. Can you tell I fail at sleep?

[User Picture]From: cobrabay
2009-01-30 01:15 am (UTC)
I obviously fail at sleep too. Mind you, I've just spent 3 hours installing pidgin onto a Linux netbook. Who said Ubuntu was user friendly?
sudo apt-get build-deps my arse
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-01-30 01:18 am (UTC)
You need to add the arseware repository and run "sudo apt-get install libmyarse"
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[User Picture]From: nwhyte
2009-01-30 02:20 am (UTC)
Awake in the middle of the night here, but have you thought of BookMooch?
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[User Picture]From: not_vacillating
2009-01-30 07:40 am (UTC)
I have ticked the second option, because while in truth I am often in Sheffield, I very rarely leave the railway station.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-01-30 12:31 pm (UTC)
I hear the streets are much safer these days.
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[User Picture]From: not_vacillating
2009-01-30 01:02 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it's a nice city. I'm usually changing trains.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2009-01-30 08:43 am (UTC)
Why not donate them to the James Bacon Outreach Programme?
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[User Picture]From: gaspodia
2009-01-30 10:32 am (UTC)
Was just going to suggest the same - it's a good guilt-free way to declutter that might help bring some new blood into fandom :)
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[User Picture]From: pisica
2009-01-30 10:23 am (UTC)
The problem with free stuff distribution is that inevitably someone says 'oh yes I want that' and then it takes FOREVER for them to get around to getting it, and it's all annoying and stuff. On the other hand, with books I always want to be sure that they go to people who appreciate them.

Friends of mine get together annually in London and have a bookswap. This year's is Saturday 28 Feb. If you want to come along, or simply donate the books (anything unswapped goes to Oxfam), let me know and I'll put you in touch with the right people.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-01-30 12:33 pm (UTC)
If you're going to Bradford, you could always donate the residue to the TAFF auction.
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From: jamesb
2009-01-30 12:36 pm (UTC)
have car, have garage, sometimes have time.
Have a mad idea. Have given away some books, maybe six.
Even have a sheffeild branch.

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