No one reads books anymore

5/26/2008:

Walking through Columbus Park the past couple days, I noticed a generous person had put a stack of books on a bench on the north side of the park. Didn’t seem like anyone was interested.

If this was 20 years ago, I’m sure those would have been snatched up in a hurry. Some novels, a few cookbooks, and perhaps a few other “outdated” titles.

I know I hardly read much anymore, because of portable, digital methods (laptop & desktop computers, internet, Amazon Kindle, etc.) but Do books have much value anymore?

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32 Comments on "No one reads books anymore"


dont-cha-know
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dont-cha-know
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”84565″]They also accept computers, printers, fax machines, dvds, vhs tapes and cell phones so long as they are all working. When I donated the books they told me that they are a non-profit org and they use the book sales to maintain the store (IE-Rent, utilites, etc) so it makes sense. I think it’s great that you can geta write off for all that stuff.[/quote]

No, it’s great that all this perfectly usable stuff gets recycled and not thrown out. If you happen to get a write-off for it so much the better. However, there are a lot of people who don’t have enough itemized deductions to exceed the standard deduction, so the whole tax deductibility of charitable donations can be an illusion.

tiffany2288
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tiffany2288
8 years 3 months ago

They also accept computers, printers, fax machines, dvds, vhs tapes and cell phones so long as they are all working. When I donated the books they told me that they are a non-profit org and they use the book sales to maintain the store (IE-Rent, utilites, etc) so it makes sense. I think it’s great that you can geta write off for all that stuff.

dont-cha-know
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dont-cha-know
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”84558″]Symposia gives you a letter for your taxes and your donations. Not sure how they get away with it but I used the deductions on my taxes this year. Who wouldn’t take advantage of getting the write off?[/quote]

If they give you a letter for a tax deduction, then they must be a non-profit organization. (Does anyone know this for sure?) And regardless of what a general sleazebag Roberts is, if he’s giving them a break on their rent, then why condemn them for thanking him for it? In any case, to the extent that they provide an opportunity to save/recyle books, it’s a good thing, and more people should take advantage of it, on both ends.

kooky kat
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8 years 3 months ago

The only reason I would never go into this place is because of that creepy ass giant puppet thing in the window. I have a fear of puppets, and “The King” (from Burger King commercials.)

tiffany2288
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tiffany2288
8 years 3 months ago

Symposia gives you a letter for your taxes and your donations. Not sure how they get away with it but I used the deductions on my taxes this year. Who wouldn’t take advantage of getting the write off?

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