A couple of years ago, after it finally started sinking into my brain that I do not have room to continue storing all of my books, I started getting rid of them. I thought about listing some of the books for sale on eBay or Amazon, but I didn't think it would be worth my time for all the work that was involved (shipping books is a pain) so I donated a majority of them to the Goodwill.
Of course, then I bought more, so I ended up right back at square one. Fortunately, a friend advised me to bring my old books to a used bookstore so I would at least get something for them, instead of just giving them away. Well, the other day, I gathered up all of the books I didn't want anymore and headed to a used bookstore in a neighboring suburb. I sold 17 books for $11.50.
I was not pleased at all with the price, considering I paid $25 just for Randall Balmer's Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical's Lament -- gee, did I really need to spend $25 to be told that? -- and another $20 to learn Apprentice winner Bill Rancic got his big start by washing yachts and hoarding cigars in his apartment in his lame book, You're Hired. However, I guess $11.50 is better than nothing. Combine that with the $30.50 I got for my old CDs and DVDs, I now have an extra $42.00 to put toward my student loans. Hooray.
Well, I have learned a valuable lesson -- don't waste your money on books because (a) you're probably only going to read them once, (b) if you don't have adequate space for them, they just end up becoming clutter, and (c) the resale value is absolutely awful!
From now on, I am going to check books out at the public library for free. It may take a long time to actually get the book*, but the wait will be worth it in the long-run.
*For instance, there are 77 people waiting for 15 copies of David Cay Johnston's Free Lunch : How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill) and 29 people waiting for 4 copies of Jen Lancaster's Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer...the two books I want to read!!!