Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Yorker Essay Bemoans Inability To Place Private Library Collections

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Posted on November 2, 2011 by

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.

bookBgone Closes Successful Indiegogo Campaign

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Posted on November 1, 2011 by

bookBgone Closes Successful Indiegogo Campaign

Well, the very successful bookBgone Indiegogo campaign has closed.

We were hoping to raise $1000 to ship 2000 pounds of books and, in fact, we raised $1920. We’re using every penny to ship books to those who want and can use them. We just (yesterday) sent Birch Community Services in Portland, OR, eight boxes of mixed kids and non-fiction, including cookbooks and ‘how to’ books. Also we sent two boxes to The Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine.

In the coming weeks we plan to deliver another 20 or 25 boxes of books to the Bed-Stuy food pantry.

Do you know of any place that may want/need books? Are you trying to find a place that takes books? LET US KNOW!