September 05, 2006


by peterb

I've written about my need to get rid of books before. Tonight I made another pass, and achieved my short-term goal: I've taken enough books off of my shelves to free up one entire bookshelf. Which means I can move that bookshelf out of the room it is in.

The amazing thing to me is that even after I've made several passes, I still find enough chaff to bury an ox. Four copies of Homer's Odyssey. Four! Two copies of Black's Law Dictionary. One copy of James Gleick's Faster, which I ironically never found time to read.

The books I am going to give away fall into two categories: books I've read and have no intention of reading again, or books that, despite my honest intention to read, have sat on my shelves unread for 10 years.

Here's a quick inventory I took (I apologize for the tragic format). If you want a book, let me know and it's yours for the current Amazon value (meaning "whatever Delicious Library tells me the going rate for a used copy is") less a buck, plus postage. Everything else gets sent to paperbackswap or the local library.

Most of the books are in good condition. "The Illustrated Longitude" has a torn slipcover, so that's half-price. If you see something you want, drop a line to tleavesweblog - a t - gmail dot com.

Posted by peterb at September 5, 2006 09:33 PM | Bookmark This

Hey! I also will never read SOLARIS. Cool!

Posted by psu at September 6, 2006 07:11 AM

You have a few there that look interesting to me. I should probably go through my book collection though, it's been a year since I moved and they still haven't all made it out of boxes.

Posted by Duncan at September 6, 2006 03:57 PM

It's probably the super-nice Delicious Library --

It'll do barcode scanning using an attached video camera and then look up the ISBN results on Amazon, which makes it very very handy for book cataloging.

Posted by Nat at September 7, 2006 02:21 PM

I can't get rid of books. Just can't. We have thousands of them, too. But I can't take in more either. Three or four new ones arrive every month.

However, may I ask which database program that is in the screenshot?

Posted by Troy Goodfellow at September 7, 2006 03:50 PM

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