Ingenuity and new use for books

Posted on 30 November 2009. Filed under: Interesting websites | Tags: , , |

I have a love/hate relationship with people who cut up books or make them into things, but sometimes it just has to be done. Most encyclopedias are not worth the paper they’re printed anymore as they go out of date before they’re printed and the internet has made the search for information so much easier and faster. I do agree that it’s nice to have the paper and it’s much easier to have multiple volumes open at once with multiple pieces of paper marking an incredible number of entries, but on the internet it is just that much easier to find things. So, sometimes when I see something like this, I get a little excited as it makes use of encyclopedias which would otherwise be thrown into the recycling bin. I particularly like these ones as they’re book shelves so you get books supporting books, I think it’s great but I await your comments with interest.

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Bulk Books at Wesley

Posted on 8 May 2009. Filed under: Buying Time | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The first story starts at Wesley College – Elsternwick campus. They were having an Open Day a few years ago and to encourage more people to come and see what they do they had a few stalls. I was helping out on the Raffle stall, there were plenty of food stalls, a few rides, the teachers were doing a concert, a cake stall and the most important of all was the book stall. I got to it early and picked up a few bundles of ABC delicious and a number of great titles. Near the end I offered to buy whatever was left when I returned. They were quite quick to accept. I can’t think why!

When I got back we packed them up and I discovered there were 17 boxes. I was very excited, my first bulk book buy!! When I was looking through them I found all sorts of treasures. I had 3 boxes of computer books. I managed to actually sell some of them and the rest were taken by a happy freecycler. I had a box of new books I knew nothing about and lots of miscellaneous other books. Several boxes were Encyclopaedia Brittanica, but I think that should be a post of it’s own.

I had a wonderful time sorting through all the books and listing them on eBay and an even better time storing them. My youngest left that campus three years ago and I still have some of these books. I’m going to be sorting through all my stock and these books will be among those to be sold at a garage sale and if not sold to be sent to an op shop. I think I’ve held onto them long enough.

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