Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Book reusing

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Book reusing

OK, so you have a book that you've read and decided that you don't need to keep anymore. But what can you do with it next? Here's some environmentally friendly suggestions:

  1. Pass it on to someone else. This could be a friend who wants to read it, someone online, or a complete stranger. Sites like bookmooch give you the opportunity to earn points for sending books for others, whilst bookcrossing encourages swaps, gifts (RABCKS) and wild releasing where you leave books someone 'in the wild' for others to find. Or you might consider giving to one of your local charity shops. If you have a blog or website you could even do a giveaway for it.
  2. Make some bookart. I'm not too keen on this one myself (as it makes the book unreadable), but some of you arty types might be interested. The basic idea is to make something out of a book by twisting, ripping, gluing and/or folding the pages. The result is some really amazing 'sculptures'. 
  3. You could recycle your book using a bookbank. I'm not sure about the rest of the world but in England many supermarkets have these in their carparks, as well as those at waste and recycling depots. This is a great way to get rid of those books with missing pages, or which stink of cigarette smoke.

What do you do with your books when you've finished with them. Do you have any different ways of reusing / recycling your old books?
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