Jul
23
2010

  Getting Rid of Books Fast

This paperbackswap.com thing seems to be working out. I just got an email that one of the books on my list is finally in the mail and en route to me. So far, I've sent out six books.

I got a new printer yesterday (the old one finally wore out, I think I've had it about 10 years now. . .), so I tried out printing the labels with the postage right on them. When you do that, you don't have to take the books to the post office, even if they are heavy. Plus, you get instant credit for mailing them instead of having to wait until the recipient gets the book and updates the site.

I added a bunch of books about knots to my wish list, hoping that any one of them will turn up. I also added a book about making concrete garden ornaments. I've got the book checked out from the library now, but I'll have to return it soon, well before I get around to actually having time to make concrete garden ornaments. That's pretty far down the project priority list now, so I can afford to wait for a book to magically appear at some point in the future.

We've got several hardback books to get rid of, so I might add them to the list. You don't get extra credit for sending hardcover books out, and they might cost a little more if they are heavier than paperback, but still, I'd like to get them out of the house. And getting a credit, even for a paperback book (although I might get a hardback book, I have some on my wish list), is better than the tax deduction for donating a book to the library, especially when we're in a low tax bracket. You know, I don't even know if we'll itemize our deductions in 2010. So book credits, it is.