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Old 11.07.2012, 13:44
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they usually get the precedent info off computers these days (TBH this has been the case for about 30 years and was one of the first uses of computers).

criminal law especially has changed so much in the last 20 years that the books have become as obsolete as old computer books - I used to buy them cheaply to try and help squatters, ravers etc but found myself that loads had changed. Certain books which are about specialised aspects of the law which are still valid are valued second hand but go for high prices on Amazon (a relative of mine is a law graduate, and most useful textbooks are sold to the next generation of students when the first lot graduate).

I wouldn't underestimate the value of old books as a support for other items, I've got several here propping up two small loudspeakers so they are just the right height for when I am mixing music. Now you can buy stands for this purpose made of all manner of exotic materials but they are about 70 each, and even if I plan to use something more permanent the pile of books can be used to judge the correct height of everything for ergonomics..
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Old 11.07.2012, 14:09
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Certain books which are about specialised aspects of the law which are still valid are valued second hand but go for high prices on Amazon (a relative of mine is a law graduate, and most useful textbooks are sold to the next generation of students when the first lot graduate).
that was kind of my point, there are still a lot of useful ones around that could be of benefit to a student, who let's face it now that uni fees have gone up, have a lot more expense and are either going to struggle or even not be able to go to uni at all..

and yes, i think we've all been known to use books for other purposes too, those large heavy format ones make brilliant steps when you need to reach something just that little bit higher as i often do..
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Old 11.07.2012, 14:40
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many liberal arts / creative media textbooks are still useful. that said I've told several of my young friends to just use the money you'd spend on fees to get the kit for creating whatever you want to, buy the second hand books and not bother with uni..

but with science subjects technology has advanced so much that most books are out of date and only of historical interest. For instance I've got a 1972 tech book on electronic from Siemens and you can't buy most of the components there any more, and its full of stuff like analogue TV circuits for cathode ray tubes....
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Old 11.07.2012, 21:17
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i had to have some books covering law on a subject when i was at teck we used to underline what was to change putting a note on that page noting the the alteration
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Hi, wanted to say recently I found a local village near me brought there old red telephone box which was no longer in use for the telephone, they kept the outside the same but touched it up so it looked good and put shelves inside, then advertised locally that they were starting up a book swapping service, anyone with books they didn't want were welcome to put books in and take books out if they were any already there they found interesting. Thought it was a really good idea.
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Old 19.02.2014, 08:43
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I was lucky enough to be given an old cast off bookshelf recently when we helped soneone move house.I immediately filled it with the overspill from my other shelves....

I only buy 2nd hand books unless it's the book club, partly because new ones are so expensive and partly because I'm so often after out of print titles.

I don't have a kindle and screens aren't good for a long time when you're a migraine sufferer, whereas books are much better.

Oh, and the smell of an old book.One of the best smells!

Dryad, my kids love books and so do many of their friends, although they do use the internet a lot for research.I go to the library with them a lot and they love to get new books out.I got them the set of Mallory Towers at Christmas (I LOVED them!) and they were chuffed to bits and are reading them in relay -so no worries yet it seems about books becoming obsolete.
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Old 19.02.2014, 11:06
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I was lucky enough to be given an old cast off bookshelf recently when we helped soneone move house.I immediately filled it with the overspill from my other shelves....

I only buy 2nd hand books unless it's the book club, partly because new ones are so expensive and partly because I'm so often after out of print titles.

I don't have a kindle and screens aren't good for a long time when you're a migraine sufferer, whereas books are much better.

Oh, and the smell of an old book.One of the best smells!

Dryad, my kids love books and so do many of their friends, although they do use the internet a lot for research.I go to the library with them a lot and they love to get new books out.I got them the set of Mallory Towers at Christmas (I LOVED them!) and they were chuffed to bits and are reading them in relay -so no worries yet it seems about books becoming obsolete.
am certainly with you on that, it's no secret that i love my books, i suppose kindles have their place in this modern world, but i certainly wouldn't want one, as you say, the smell of books, the feel of them, pick one of the bookshelf, no worry about having to charge a screen up, and it's so much easier to pass one on to someone else to enjoy..

my daughter did 'ban me' from collecting more a while ago, clutter!! she said, but then she's as bad as me with a houseful too, so i was pretty suprised a couple of weeks ago when she bought me a luvly book that she'd picked up somewhere, the camper van coast by martin dorey, 'cooking, eating and living the life' it says on the front cover, that's gone into my van's bookshelf, got some useful tips and recipes in it, bit of coastal foraging too..
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Old 19.02.2014, 11:16
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Hi, wanted to say recently I found a local village near me brought there old red telephone box which was no longer in use for the telephone, they kept the outside the same but touched it up so it looked good and put shelves inside, then advertised locally that they were starting up a book swapping service, anyone with books they didn't want were welcome to put books in and take books out if they were any already there they found interesting. Thought it was a really good idea.
that is such a luvly idea, i wonder if our village would be open to such an idea, think i might put it to the parish council..

it was luvly at alchemy last year to have a library tent, hope that they do the same this year..
couple of pics below that i took there..
never did get my game of chess, but the gods willin' and if they're there, hopefully this year..



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Old 11.03.2014, 21:12
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A bus shelter about a mile from a village near us has magazines and books a small table and a chair I think been like that for about 5 yrs.
The local pub in Llanddewi has a library in it and is open to all to borrow books, really good idea me being a non drinker can have a read instead. You dont even have to buy a drink to use it for reading.
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Lovely to know there are all these great ideas for sharing books in different communities. Like Queenie, I know loads of kids who love books, despite also being keen on technology. My youngest son has a kindle but has reverted to buying 'real' books now because he says he prefers the feel of them and they dont run out f battery life! We also have many avid readers in the year 6 class i work in. They made posters recently about what reading means to them and it was fantastic to read that they feel it is an escape, a way of meeting new friends thru the characters, as one child put it ' books are a portal to another world'
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