Of course, it's the Amazon Kindle! I love books. I love receiving books, and I love giving books to all those bookworms among my family and friends (and there are quite a few). But, as an organizer the Kindle warms the cockles of my old librarian heart. When I think of all those cartons of books we lug around, dust covered bookshelves in our homes, stacks of books on our bedside table, etc., etc., I could just scream! So this amazing wireless reader, which holds 3,500 books, weighs less than a paperback, downloads books in seconds at a cost of around $10.00 per book is a great way for book lovers to begin living a less cluttered existence.
To begin with, I keep art books and coffee table books on subjects I am interested in. These books make beautiful accessories around the home and I love to look through them again and again. I also keep any books that were signed by the author or contain sentimentally significant written messages from the person who gifted me the book. And, lastly I keep any "collectible" books like first editions, limited editions or antique volumes.
All others I donate to libraries, hospitals, senior living facilities...whoever needs them. You can donate your magazines as well...I for one, love a good magazine, but if there is an article that I really want to hang on to I tear it out and file it, and recycle the rest of the magazine. You can also download your favorite magazines and newspapers on the Kindle as well....can I get an Amen?!
Now, am I going to stop hanging out in Barnes & Noble on Sunday afternoons? No way. Will I stop buying hardbound books all together? Definitely, not. But, as an avid reader I would love to find the Kindle in my stocking!
If any of my readers have more good ideas about what to do with used books I would appreciate your comments.