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#1 of 16 Old 01-19-2007, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We have a ton of old text books, that no one, of course, wants. There is an organization that takes math and science (bio, physics, hard sciences) texts for people in Africa, but mine are mostly psych and poli sci and speach and writing and anthologies. What can I do with these, other than throw them in the recycle bin?
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I put mine on the local freecycle list and someone snatched them up...what she will do with them I have no idea, but at least I am not the one throwing them away. There may be homeschoolers out there that would appreciate them.

This is assuming of course that you are not able to resell them. Textbook wheel (I think?) is a site that will buy used textbooks...wouldn't hardly take any of mine though .
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We have a ton of old text books, that no one, of course, wants. There is an organization that takes math and science (bio, physics, hard sciences) texts for people in Africa, but mine are mostly psych and poli sci and speach and writing and anthologies. What can I do with these, other than throw them in the recycle bin?
Inquiring minds (okay, maybe just mine) want to know the name of this organization that takes old math and science texts! My DH has a ton of them....
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www.betterworldbooks.com is the one that sends books to africa.
I would also get in touch with local homeschooling groups. There might be families who would be interested
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How do you use freecycle? I just went there to try to unload the books, but couldn't figure out how to post or even how to view anything. Thanks.
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What can I do with these, other than throw them in the recycle bin?
Donate them to your local library. Many libraries will add gift books that they need for their collections and then sell the rest to the public or to book dealers in order to help raise money for new books.

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Our libraries absolutely do not want textbooks. Neither does Goodwill.
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Have you looked here?

http://www.cash4books.net/
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I sold a lot of mine on half.com
They have to be somewhat current in order for people to buy them.

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I generally have good luck selling on amazon, if this "version" isn't being used at my school it often is still being used across the country. Of course these books aren't THAT old.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/

Check out this... you print out a label, and just leave the book somewhere... anywhere! Starbucks is one option for dropoff.
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Bookcrossing is a maybe. I'll look into it a little bit more. All of the textbooks are more than 6 years old, which is about 50 in textbook years. It might be the recycling bin for them. *sigh*
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How do you use freecycle? I just went there to try to unload the books, but couldn't figure out how to post or even how to view anything. Thanks.
You have to see if there is a group in your area, here is the link for all the groups in CA:
http://www.freecycle.org/display.php...20West%20Coast

Then you have to join the group (you'll see where it says 'join' or 'go to' to the left of each location), which is usually just done by sending the mod an email, or by signing up. Each group has different rules, read their freecyle etiquette. Then you post a message (see 'post' in the left-hand column) that goes out to everyone that subscribes to the group. If they want it they will respond to you and then you just have to make arrangements for pick-up or drop-off with that person. Warning: once you join you will receive a gazillion emails each day from it, unless you choose a setting where you only receive them once/day.

HOpe that helps.

BTW...I really liked the bookcrossing idea, thanks for sharing to whoever posted that!
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I bet someone on Freecycle will take them. They take almost anything!

I can't see doing Book Crossing with a textbook. My old textbooks are like 1000 pages and I can't see someone picking them up in a coffee shop like they might an old novel or something.
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What books I could not sell on half.com, I would put them on Freecycle. What doesn't get taken I would recycle.

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Freecycle.org!

I had an idea, though. I'm going to call up a prison to see if they want the texts for their library. Except for the astronomy book; it's too outdated.
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