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Subject:Where to donate books?
Time:01:39 pm
As part of my ongoing loft de-junking, I'm gearing up for a merciless book purge. I'm not really interested in the hassle of selling them or trying to figure out what's worthwhile, nor am I interested in giving them away one or two at a time-- I just want to take boxes of books to someone and make them go away. A tax deduction is good and wonderful but not mandatory.

My stuff is all over the map in terms of fiction and nonfiction.

Suggestions?

Oh, yeah. I may do the same thing with VHS tapes and maybe CDs.
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sarahbellumm
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Time:2007-02-19 09:50 pm (UTC)
I donated mine to my local library.
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songmonk
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Time:2007-02-19 10:05 pm (UTC)
Me too.
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danloncaric
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Time:2007-02-19 11:00 pm (UTC)
Having spent a good 18 months of my last 5 years in hospitals and rehab centers of various types, I would look for a nearby hospital or rehab facility that has an average patient stay in the weeks or months rather than days. Three months in a rehab center makes one yearn for something interesting to read.
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mav600
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Time:2007-02-19 11:13 pm (UTC)
if you have over 100 cds i can sell them for you in bulk and you could keep or donate the money to charity
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mickdog
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Time:2007-02-19 11:27 pm (UTC)
When I lived in San Francisco, I donated most everything here:

http://communitythrift.bravehost.com/

The great thing about them is you can pick to whom your donation will go. They have a huge list of non-profits (not sure if this is recent or not):

http://communitythrift.bravehost.com/ROSTER1.html
http://communitythrift.bravehost.com/ROSTER2.html

Many, I'm guessing, that you would be proud to have the money go to.

They don't pick up, so you'll have to lug the stuff over to the store, but what better excuse to go have a burrito on Valencia/Mission street?
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chellewoods
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Time:2007-02-20 02:20 am (UTC)
I've given away a ton of books through Freecycle. No tax deduction, but usually they will come and take the whole lot, which means no work for me. which works for me :)
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wild_irises
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Time:2007-02-20 05:49 am (UTC)
For a tax donation, the Oakland Public Library store is quite near you, on Washington between 7th and 8th.

For just a place to dump them for free, I love the El Cerrito recycling center, on Moeser Lane up toward the hills from San Pablo Ave. They have covered shelves, and interested people, and I always feel like my books find good homes.
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tigerknight
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Time:2007-02-20 03:20 pm (UTC)
There's also the possibility of leaving them about in random coffee shops and such for other people to pick up. I forget what it's called but there's a website where you register the books and put bookmarks in them with the info on how to get to the website, then leave it somewhere.

The next person to pick up the book and read it updates the website with where they got it and then deposits it again for someone else to pick up, and the cycle continues. I just forget the name of the site >.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-21 02:03 am (UTC)
Bookcrossing.com. I'm a member. I can easily imagine doing this with one or two or ten books, but not a few boxes worth.
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rmd
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Time:2007-02-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
no tax deductions for donations to the camel bookmobile.

if you're willing to pick and choose, there's also booksforsoldiers.com
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