New Yorker Essay Bemoans Inability To Place Private Library Collections
In his eloquent essay in the 11/7/11 New Yorker, James Wood describes how difficult it was to respectfully de-acquisition the books that his father-in-law spent a lifetime collecting.
No libraries were interested, and second-hand book stores are a dying breed — those that remain either have no money to buy books or no space to store them.
bookBgone is attempting to buck this trend. While we can’t preserve private collections intact — we can save the books from the landfill and place them in the hands of those who want and need them. We spend our time contacting organizations, ranging from literacy groups to food banks to museums, who may have an interest in the books. We then ship them off — at no charge to the giver or the recipient.