Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans.
Books are a weakness of mine. I find it hard to part with them once I’ve read them. They just look so pretty on the bookcase! But they take up space, and if you want to buy new books, you have to part with the old ones.
Books are quite straightforward to sell. If you’ve got textbooks Amazon and eBay are a great place to start, textbooks tend to be quite expensive and some editions will sell for a lot of money. Novels are harder to sell because they are mass produced, so you likely won’t make that much money selling them. If you decide to sell novels, you may make more money selling books as a collection than selling as singles.
If you don’t fancy navigating the wilds of auction selling, there are plenty of companies that will take books off your hands in bulk. Most of these options give you a way to check how much you’ll make before selling, make sure to pay attention as you may only be offered a few pence for each of your books. There are lots of links to selling sites at the end of this article for you to explore.
If you don’t want to sell you can donate books to a school, library or charity shop. It’s always a good idea to check with the shop before donating. Book swapping is a great way to exchange old books for new books. All you need to do is make friends with other readers and agree to swap books when you are done. I used to do this with about three friends and once a book had done the rounds we donated it to a charity shop.
You could also set up a book swap in your school, office, church or any other group you belong to. Simply put books you don’t want on a bookshelf and let others take them for free. Books contain many adventures, but what if your book went on an adventure of its own?
Similar to the book swapping option, Book Crossing encourages you to send your books out into the wild, only you’ll be able to track where they’ve been via a number of journal entries left by whoever is reading them at the time.
At The Open Book, in Wigtown, Scotland, you can fulfill your dream of running a bookstore. The unique Airbnb flat costs just 57 USD a night, but it comes with a stipulation: renters also work at the bookshop on the first floor, doing everything that a regular bookshop owner might do in a regular, 40-hour work-week.
Such sad news. She made it to her “Y” book
Hooray! I’m not sure if we’re getting any more readers from this but we’re definitely getting more book donations.
Right now, we’re getting an average of 5 new books donated each day – faster than I can keep up with stamping and adding BookCrossing bookplates.
I have started reading up on starting a Geocache nearby, as well. Want to know more?
It’s all good!
This is a book list of picture books to teach empathy. A reader emailed the author and asked for a list of books which would help her child to think a little bit less about worldly goods, and a little more about the importance of appreciating non-tangible values like generosity, humility, compassion and kindness. In other words, these are books which help teach children to reject a sense of privileged entitlement.
Read the article here: Picture Books to Teach Empathy and Compassion
From April 3, 2016
The new shelf is in.
We continue to get book donations – many thanks to all who have donated! One of my piano students brought a bag of children’s books to his last lesson 🙂
Greenbriar Little Free Library #33664
You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free.
There’s good news for all the e-bookworms out there. The New York Public Library released an app today that allows anyone with a library card (and an iOS or Android phone).
It’s called SimplyE and will allow you to read books on your phone, but beware, there might be a wait list for some popular titles, including the Game of Thrones series. (Check out the Harry Potter books, quick!)
The online collection will continue to grow, and there are Kindle and web browser versions in development. But, for now, take a break from Pokemon Go and read to your digital heart’s content.
This was one of my son’s favorite books as a child.
When Alan Taylor, senior editor at The Atlantic was reading to his kids, he noticed something unusual.He was reading The Best Word Book Ever by renowned children’s author Richard Scarry, whose animal-populated worlds have charmed generations of children.
In fact, Alan had a copy of the book himself as a child.But as he was reading it, he noticed some changes. He immediately compared his kids’ copy — published in 1991 — with the copy he remembered — published in 1963.
It turns out that Richard Scarry, who has authored more than 300 books for kids since 1949, has also been updating his works from time to time.
Read the rest of the article at: Two Editions Of The Same Book Demonstrate How Our Society Has Changed In 30 Years
Scarborough (Maine) Public Library has been offering a central place for residents to get books of all genres for more than 100 years. Now, there is a push to get literature into residents’ hands in a much different way.
This spring, the library will launch two Little Free Libraries, small privately operated libraries in which people can take or leave a book as they see fit: one at Memorial Park and one at the trail head of the Eastern Trail.
There are few limitations on what books can be offered or rules regarding how Little Free Libraries can be run. The Little Free Library organization strives to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
The idea is simple: Like municipal libraries, the Little Free Libraries offer the public an opportunity take a book free of charge. Those who take a book are encouraged to leave a book in return the next time they visit, although it doesn’t have to be the one they borrowed.
Read the entire article at http://sentry.mainelymediallc.com/news/2016-03-11/Community/Little_by_little_one_for_the_books.html