What Do You Do With Your Old Books?

Whether your books are electronic or paper, it's a problem every reader runs into at some point: What do you do with a book after you've read it?

There are a lot of options. Maybe you hold onto it for re-reads until your shelf-space runs out, maybe you pass it along (or return it) for someone else to read, maybe you simply delete it off your reader and move to the next:


I so know what you are talking about. People are convinced that I am a hoarder because I refuse to get rid of a book once read. The point is I may want to re-visit in the future. I have decrepit copies of The Wind in the Willows and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green that are childhood friends but my Borrowers omnibus is new and my Doctor Dolittle books, while not new are newly acquired.

Similarly, my dvd collection (which is big) has given it's money's worth in re watches of old sci-fi movies like the original The Thing or classic Dr Who.


Ditto this, only I'm moving as much as I can to digital formats. Less to carry when they eventually cart me off to the spinster's home.


I wonder if people's view on that changes now that you buy an ebook and it stays in your account forever. Just reading books will produce a library you can revisit as a byproduct, rather than it being a deliberate thing to do like when you have paper books.


So what do you do with yours — keep, delete, loan out, or something else? Tell us now in the comments.

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