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simplest way to give away over 100 books?

I'm purging my book collection before moving and I'd really like to get as many as possible to people who would like them, but after thinking about it I don't think I have the patience to give them out one by one to people on craigslist/freecycle.

There are a few that are likely to be reasonably in demand but a lot that are probably near-garbage (for example out of date computer books) and a lot that would be fairly niche interest. I don't think a wild release is a good answer for this case. I'm not done but I've gotten a good start on registering these books so you can see the kind of things I'm talking about.

Is there any chance it would be possible to find someone who would take all of them and do the work of dealing with the ones they didn't want? If so, how would I find such a person? If not, what alternatives would you suggest?

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I'm purging my book collection before moving and I'd really like to get as many as possible to people who would like them, but after thinking about it I don't think I have the patience to give them out one by one to people on craigslist/freecycle.

There are a few that are likely to be reasonably in demand but a lot that are probably near-garbage (for example out of date computer books) and a lot that would be fairly niche interest. I don't think a wild release is a good answer for this case. I'm not done but I've gotten a good start on registering these books so you can see the kind of things I'm talking about.

Is there any chance it would be possible to find someone who would take all of them and do the work of dealing with the ones they didn't want? If so, how would I find such a person? If not, what alternatives would you suggest?
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Well, the *simplest* way would probably be to leave them in boxes on the sidewalk early one morning, and let them take their chances! But if that's *too* simple, you could take them to a charity shop; they'll probably be ruthless about weeding out anything that they don't think they can sell or that they have too many of already, but as you say you want someone else to manage this part of the process that might be OK with you.

Or: you could post an offer in the OBCZ Managers forum and/or the Random Acts forum to mail boxes of books (with whatever restrictions you like - postage in return, domestic mail only, etc.); you might find someone who'd be glad to take them all, or might prefer to offer four or five separate boxes - not as simple as giving them all to one person but easier to manage boxing and mailing than sending them out by ones and twos. [The out-of-date computer books are a separate case; while it's not impossible that someone might want them, the odds are against it, and they might not be worth the mailing costs. But if you plan to register them anyway, you can point people at your bookshelf and ask if they want them.]

Or: use Craigslist or some other local things-to-give-away web site or newspaper to offer all the books to the first comer; if you get any takers, just make it clear that they have to take all the books.

Or check your nearest libraries to see if they have any book sales coming up and are open for donations. [They may not want the old reference books either, but if they don't say so up front and have a "drop donations off here" location, you're all set.]
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Thanks

Thanks for all the ideas. I think I'll investigate and post on the forums you mention. Dealing with multiple people on the Internet is easier for me than trying to coordinate them coming here. Then I'll give anything left to goodwill.

As a sidenote, just now someone did just request an out of date computer book from me on paperbackswap (: (paperbackswap seemed like a good idea but isn't a solution to the current problem; I'm going to take stuff down again once the wish listed books are all confirmed one way or the other)
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But frustrating, I bet. I sure know that oh-geez-I'm-moving-what-am-I-gonna-do-with-all-these-books?-kinda feeling. (Happens everytime I move)
Well I see in your info you're from New York. Now, I've never been to New York, but I can imagine there must be loads of bookcrossers there. If you post this in the RABCK-forum there should be somebody showin up at your door, willing to lighten your load. Or am I having too fancy ideas about NY? Personally I'd be thrilled to help you out, if it wasn't for that tiny thing called The Atlantic laying in the way :-D

Another option could be to check around and see if there might be any BC-happening being arranged nearby you. People seem to be arranging bookswaping-parties left and right.

Personally, I would probably try the RABCK-forum first. But that's just me. (I'm quite the newbie myself.) Best of luck! I'm sure this will work out just fine.

And good luck with the move too. ;-)
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Thanks.

Mostly I'm going "OMG, I moved with these *how* many times?" (though there are also a bunch of books I acquired while living here.) In the past, I did a decent purge of all my stuff except my books when I moved; I told myself books were okay to hoard because they organize so well and contain so much value. This is the first apartment I've had where even the books seemed like they were taking up too much space, but it took moving to make me get around to doing something about it and it occurred to me that no matter what size place we live in next it will be better if it has more space.

My current plan is to finish sorting/registering and then post in RABCK and offer them to either people who will pay for shipping or pick up a significant number. There don't seem to be any OBCZs in Manhattan.
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There don't seem to be any OBCZs in Manhattan.


Don't know about that but there are, apparently, meetings. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/472779

I'd contact the local folks there and see if someone can help you out.
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Thanks. I posted to that thread.
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I had a similar problem with lots of books in Berlin. Among the collection there were books with signs of fungus or outdated law books from East Germany. I found about 5 kg of books that were in such a bad condition that nobody would read them, anyway.

I found a recycling station that specialised in paper waste (books, newspapers and magazines) as well as old clothes. I brought those books there. The recycling station pays 7 Eurocents per Kilo. I did not take money from them but we made an exchange. Though, it was not 50/50! I brought 5 kg and I couls take 4 kg of their books/newspapers/magazines. I took women's magazines.

I learn German and I like reading magazines. Buying the magazines in a normal way in kiosk would be much more expensive than this exchange with the recycling station! I even found the newest issues of some magazines, so going there definitely paid off!

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