It's a horrible thing, to think about unwanted books. But face it, it happens to the best of us. We collect books like no one's business: galleys from trade shows, advances from the office, bargain books from the remainder aisles of, oh, any bookstore, used titles from street tables, gifts, and just things we just plain craved and (gasp!) ordered from Amazon.
How we accumulate books is probably bookworthy in and of itself, yet another title that many will buy and then eventually clear out as shelves are purged to make room for new books. Or, in some cases, to make space for the return of our favorites.
The question is not, therefore, "Do we have too many books?" (yes) or even "Is it time to clean out?" (probably) but rather "What on earth do we DO we these books when we decide to get rid of them?" If you're anything like me, the mere thought of throwing away a book causes physical pain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that every book gets to stay. I live in New York, after all. Space is at a premium.
I've got a bunch of answers stored up on this, but first want to know what you do with yours. Ready, set, comment.