Perhaps the most wonderful comment this blog has ever received

This is a comment added by Mr. Charles Wilkes to my post the other day about a source for 20,000+ free eBooks. I don’t know if I kin to Mr. Wilkes (I am closely related to lots and lots of Wilkes), but I hope I am just like him when I’m 82:

I got my Kindle last Dec. 4th, love it more and more every day, and now have over 600 books in my directory storedon my 8 GB memory card, with enough room left for more than 10,000 more. But I have thousands of paper books — over half hard bound — that I no longer want, and will never try to read again. I do want my heavily colored illustrated books, since my Kindle cannot replace those — how I wish it could, but it can’t.

My problem then is how do I reduce my regular books which are truly a burden in my home. Obviously I would like to sell as many as possible of these for at least something, or all that I can. I guess there is always EBAY and other auction sites, but they are a lot of work to set up to sell, and then deliver via the mails. And this is not as easy as it once was, since I’m now 82 years old. What I really hate to consider is that under current practices, these will some day end up in a land fill or recycle bins. They contain the knowledge of this world, and many many young people really need access to this, and what with the closing of school libraries and financial problems in supporting public libraries, this is getting harder and harder for them to obtain.

So if any of you have any better ideas of how to give these books a more extended life amont those who would really read and appreciate these, please give me your ideas. I am sure many are in the same position.

Any advice to Mr. Wilkes?

  • Bill Hudgins

    It sounds like the world needs a huge book repository in some remote location like the Arctic seed storage site to safeguard printed books against the day when our spectral electronic equivalents no longer work or, perhaps, no longer satisfy. If Kindles and their Kin do conquer the world, there will soon be even more of a used book glut than there is now.

    Trivial literary connection here: The seed repository is located at Svalbard, where Philip Pullman set the realm of the Armoured Bears in “His Dark Materials.”

  • I recently pruned, with great difficulty, a few hundred books – to make room for those piled up around me. Mine went to a local AAUW chapter that funds scholarships by having a big sale each year. I also have given to
    several other local groups that get the books out to people who could not otherwise afford them – a little research will find some in Mr. Wilkes area I am sure. No $$ income but plenty of psychic rewards.