What do you do with your old tech-books?
Your probably know the problem: With every new technology cycle you're buying new books as the old ones become pretty unusable.
I just hide them in the place where I don't see them ..
I've got some of them stashed. I've also collected up large numbers and donated them to the library at my old high school, if they had any residual value. The day I did that, my dad was there and asked me to wait until he tied a counterweight to the other side of the house so it wouldn't flip over ;)
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They're on my shelf, silently reminding me what a waste of money some tech books are...
Same goes for me. I have a box with "outdated" books sitting in the closet - the oldest in the heap dating back from the mid eigthies.
Austin has the "Half-Price Books" chain, and occasionally I sell a few books there, although I usually end up buying more books than I sell.
Yeah, but there are some tech books that it is kind of cool to have old copies of. I have all 3 editions of Stroustrop on my shelf. It is kind of nice to get a good overview of how the language has developed. Plus there certainly seem to be things in older editions of some textbooks which are not in the newer editions, and can sometimes be useful.
They just seem to hang around forever. I've got stacks of them in the garage, in the den, in bookshelves, in closets. They tend to hang around in the bathroom (sitting room reading material). I've been at this professionally for 12 years and as a hobby for 8 years prior to that. There are literally hundreds of them laying around. I've never thrown them away. I guess they'll make a good replacement for a cord of firewood one of these cold winters.
Repurpose them as sound proofing in the house.
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If no one wants them from the local tech groups, I throw them away. I tried to recycle them but they were rejected by the newspaper. I tried to sell them to the local used book store but they did not want them. I gave some to the local library, they would only take a few select books. But mostly I toss them in the trash.
Having chucked out loads of stuff over the last 18 months I have tried to be a lot more descerning in what books I buy. I now avoid anything with a product name in the title and anything by Wrox.
I keep all my books, no matter how old -- I have a Vax book I bought, and I've never seen a Vax. My running theory is that when the big one hits, I can be that whizzened old coot who rebuilds the Internet.
In the past I've donated them to my local public library, which will not shelve them but will sell them and use whatever proceeds they can gain to buy books they really want :-) Also a tax deduction if you itemize, but you ought to be realistic about computing the resale value of outdated titles. (This latter applies to U.S. taxpayers, and the usual "I'm not an accountant, nor do I play one on TV", applies. Consult a real tax advisor.)
The first pruning generated a lot of chaff, but since then I try to go through my books once a year to get rid of anything I'm not using (most of my VB6 stuff will go next time) - I donate them to the library. By keeping up with it, the stuff I'm giving them is generally sellable or worth putting on their shelves.
Books are something which I never throwout. I just stack them up...
I keep them on the bookshelf. I feel it necessary to confirm the ASCII value for <Return> with 7 different sources before proceeding with my work.
Humm... I bet Martha Stewart could think up some "lovely" and "simple" things to do with them that would only take 487 hours each to complete. Then you can hand them out as Christmas presents.
A friend of mine just recently called me to ask what to do with an entire yard of Inside Mac books he had. I told him to pull out IM VI and use it to prop up his new monitor. Another use is to keep the thick ones around as instant booster chairs for your kids. The thin ones are usually worthless, just recycle.
Try donating them for book sales http://www.booksalefinder.com
When I last moved, I trashed an entire bookshelf of old books, circa 1995-1998. Back from my client/server GUI days. Loads of VB3, VB4, Oracle Forms, Powerbuilder and LOADS of magazines.
I'm not sure this is much better than just trashing them, but I tend to donate them to thrift stores. They turn around and sell them for something like $0.50, so *someone* might like them, plus I can mark them down on my taxes as charitable contributions...
I keep certain sets of old tech books around just in case I'm called upon to fix some old thing built with them. An old hypercard book saved my butt once.
I put mine for sale up on Amazon. I've probably sold about 20 or so books over the last 2 years and recouped about $300.
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