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November 16, 2009


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I gave several boxed to my tutor Dr Roger Silverstone, eight boxes to the student union and brought the rest up to my new house. Some hundred or so still remain, some gone through Amazon Marketplace but no real profit from that. I wonder whether to offer a lot to the Museum of Film and Television in Bradford as much are about TV viewing in the 1980s. There are shelves of Women's' Studies and fiction, reading theory. And there are maps everywhere.

That's an interesting question. I got rid of some of mine - the really torturous reads, but I kept a fair amount too. Like literature, my subject history has books which one might read for interest and not just because they are on a reading list. And I do occasionally pop back to them.

Reading your post I realise I need to 'purge' my shelves but am not sure what to do with them all. A second hand book sale at Uni is the best idea but the organisation of that is beyond me atm.

I kept my urban planning books for about five years--at the office. When I changed jobs and had to think about moving them home I decided to great rid of them rather than have them take up precious space on my personal bookshelves. I found an aspiring planner who would have spent hundreds of dollars on them and gave them to her. (Truthfully, I wish I had a few of them back.)

My university projects were science-based so I have binders full of copies of journal articles and others of the data I collected and don't know what to do with them. I really don't have a need for them but they represent a lot of time and effort for me.

Hi Catherine

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JFLEMING - I have no idea about tv/media books but the Bradford museum sounds a good place to start. I do buy reading theory if you ever get fed up of that :-)

Verity - yes teh great joy of both history and literature is the innate readbility of so much of it. It can be hard to part with.

Student Mum - apart from suggesting that you sell them to me (!) what I used to do was just stick a list of used books onto the department notice board with little flaps with my phone number on for people to take. People would ring up and we'd meet and they'd buy. Perhaps I was destined to be abookseller from that point!

Thomas at My Porch -"Truthfully, I wish I had a few of them back." The trick of the ourge is not to purge too far. It is a very fine line, I agree. the double advantage of being a bookseller is that not only can I buy my own books but that I know similar copises will pass through my hands again if a miss a volume too much.

Hector - your site looks very interesting and I thank you for the offer but it is not something that I want to get involved with at the moment , thank you.

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