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 â€” over half hard bound â€” 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 â€” how I wish it could, but it canâ€™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 Iâ€™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?