What do we do with used books in a town that doesn't want 'em?
September 2, 2013 2:45 PM Subscribe
After the Great Book Cull, we have 400+ books to get rid of. Unfortunately, we're anglophones in a town with about 5% English speakers, most of them senior and conservative, and our tastes in books are rather... eclectic. What to do?
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So we've gotten rid of about 50% of the volume of books that we own. Unfortunately, after a lifetime of being book people, we've accumulated a massive quantity of books to unload; double unfortunately, we live in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a town where there aren't very many English-speakers. Those that do live here tend to be older and not so much into our shared literary tendencies -- horror, SF, graphic novels and offbeat nonfiction.
The one used bookstore closed to us is stuffed to the gills and not super interested in trading. Our books are for the most part not very valuable... we're readers, not collectors, so even the more rare things in our collection are pretty shelfworn.
Our options *seem* to be:
1. Go through everything and try to find things of value and put them up on eBay. Obstacles: lots and lots of research and guesswork, and eBay is kind of a pain to deal with when what you really want is to just... unload.
2. Make a list of everything and e-mail bookstores within a four-hour drive (Montreal, Burlington and Montpelier, VT, possibly Ottawa) to see if they want to give us a cherry-pick of books they want to see. For those that remain, see (3). Obstacles: building the list, making the trip.
3. Dump 'em on a local charity. There are five or six "Big Used Book Sales" a year here, which pull people from a 200-kilometre radius. I don't know if our stuff would be much use to these sales, though. Obstacles: not a lot
4. Whatever you propose.
I'm a bit chafed by the fact that a lot of these books feel valuable, and would probably sell well for a pretty penny in a city like Toronto, but here, nobody is really into early editions of Ken Wilber theory books or offbeat comics. I think that's just my problem, though: I need to accept that the books have to go, and that the effort to try to organize and sell them for maximum profit is far more work than I'm willing to engage in right now.