• Geoff


    as the son of a librarian, i would say skip the bookstore lending idea and donate them to the local library. Get some stickers to put in them saying “X city Photo Lending Library” and maybe put your contact info (or not). The library has already got that whole lending thing down and the responsibility associated with it. Plus, it’s likely to last longer and reach more people (through inter-library loans, etc)

    That said, I don’t think you should get rid of everything. perhaps limit yourself to one box each or one shelf total so that when you do finally settle down again, you retain some of your past fond memories. I’ve never been a book buying (again, son of a librarian), but the ones I do have, I cherish.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this process of “letting go”. Good luck with it!

    Boston, ma

    April 24, 2009
  • Geoff,
    Yeah, I’m not quite sure how the bookstore photo library will pan out. I like the idea of having the proceeds go to OPEN, since it’s right smack in the middle of a young creative community. I think more people will actually be exposed to the books at this bookstore than the library.

    I would be less hesitant about donating them to our local library IF they weren’t under constant threat of closure or cutting funds! There was a whole debacle a few months ago where the city of Long Beach wanted to close and demolish the MAIN branch!

    Fortunately there was enough outrage that this was stopped….for now.

    We’ll see. The library is not ruled out, but I am looking for some more creative solutions 🙂


    April 24, 2009
  • ethan

    Your Books and Beer party sounds wonderful. Bummed I’m on the other side of the country.

    April 24, 2009
  • My husband and I rode part of the way in our move from Philly to San Diego, so we too went through the exercise of getting ride of our collection of books. I used paperbackswap.com to get rid of the majority of the books and from the credits gained, I am redeeming them now. I love the philosophy behind the site.

    P.S. I got rid of our music CDs via swapacd.com

    April 24, 2009
  • BTW, we got rid of everything we owned, and we’re still rebuilding our lives here in San Diego.

    If you need a place to crash in San Diego, we’d be happy to host you.

    April 24, 2009
  • Wow, thanks for all of the incredible support everyone! And tips! I love the concept of the book swap site. There are just so many creative ideas all around us.

    April 24, 2009
  • I wish I lived closer to you. I’d love to attend the Books and Beer party. It sounds like so much fun! 🙂

    I can’t believe the City of Long Beach tried to demolish the main branch of the library. That is outrageous! I can understand why you are looking into other options.

    April 24, 2009
  • I like the idea of a books and beer party, but if I held one, I’d probably just ask friends if they’d want to take a book or two home for free.

    I’ve been giving books away in various ways for the past several months: to the library, on my blog, to friends. A friend recommended Paperback Swap to me; there’s also Book Crossing. I’ve also left books at local coffeehouses (you can do the same with games).

    I felt unprepared to do a book inventory several months ago because I had so much I wanted to get rid of. Now that I’ve pared down, I’m finally ready to do some real counting. I’m thinking of keeping just 50 books and 50 CDs, so I need to know where I stand.

    Good luck on your journey! It really can be done. I’ll be checking back to see how you’re doing.

    April 26, 2009

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