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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Throw another novel on the fire



At one time my lovely wife ran an on-line used bookstore. We picked up a lot of books in bulk. You never knew what you were going to get, but it didn't matter. It only took a handful of decent books to make the purchase worthwhile.

That's how we ended up with a box of Danielle Steel novels. I've got nothing against her personally. She has a hardcore group of followers that buy her new books. There's almost no market for her old ones. However, mixed in with hardwood scraps they burn nicely in the woodstove.

I was reminded of that scene in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” where everyone is freezing in a library. They have a big fireplace but can't decided on what books to burn for heat. Finally someone points out they have a whole big room full of tax law books. Nobody had any objection to burning those.

I've never burned books before. The Nazis gave the whole book burning thing a bad name. It should have a bad name. However, an awful lot of books get discarded or sent to the pulper. The fact of the matter is that there is only a limited market for used books these days.

Some markets are more limited than others.

Right now it's snowing pretty hard. Thanks to Danielle Steel I'm saved a trip to the woodpile.

-Sixbears

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    1. Me too. :) Really don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but . . .

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  2. Oh well, if it helps to keep the home fires burning.....

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  3. It hurts my heart to think of burning any kind of books, but if you gotta, then DS is a good choice. I like that silly movie!
    Stay warm!

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  4. I suspect in the long run more books will go page by page into outhouses than will ever be put into fireplaces....

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    1. Probably what will happen.

      . . . now where did my wife put those Romance novels?

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  5. all those "quick to get rich" and "fad diets" books could yeild some good heat too...

    saving the T bills for the outhose, like junk bonds be useful there

    Wildflower

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    1. How about all those disaster books for the years 2000 and 2012?

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  6. good point there, along with tax records, law books, and the new york times...

    Wildflower

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    1. Sadly, that's the level the 'Times has sunk to.

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  7. I find that books printed near the beginning of the last century burn better than modern paper. They really bank a fine.

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    1. Paper making has changed a lot in the last 100 years, so that's probably it. Hate to burn really old books though.

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