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mungy

damaged unreadable secondhand books

when i'm not online i sell secondhand books at people. i buy a lot of books from people too. i often end up with bags of damaged, ureadable and often unsaleable books. i have tried taking them to a nearby paper recycling plant, but they are not interested. i end up taking them to the tip, which is not something i like to do.

is there anybody in the uk on the wirral or surrounding area who can make use of them as paper logs, for composting or anything else you might find a use for unwanted books?

i will happily deliver them for free.

woops, i just saw the recycling forum Embarassed could some kind soul move this thread for me Very Happy
tahir

Re: damaged unreadable secondhand books

mungy wrote:
woops, i just saw the recycling forum Embarassed could some kind soul move this thread for me Very Happy


Welcome on board Mungy, will move it in a mo.
Mrs Fiddlesticks

done my friend!! Very Happy
jema

Welcome to the site Smile

No idea on the books though Sad
Bugs

You could offer them free to customers with instructions and/or directions on how to grow mushrooms on them. One or maybe many of the places that sell spawn suggest growing them on books - suspect it is oyster mushrooms.
sally_in_wales

first time I ever used my paper log maker I used an awful paperback that no-one wanted to read. Should work no problem
Cathryn

Bugs wrote:
You could offer them free to customers with instructions and/or directions on how to grow mushrooms on them. One or maybe many of the places that sell spawn suggest growing them on books - suspect it is oyster mushrooms.


I must try that for the families bookshop - it would make a fun window display - could you point me in the direction of soemoen selling spawn?

Sorry Mungy - a thread hijack - I do like the wording - sell secondhand books "at" people. I am always doing that with books I think everyone should read!
hedgewitch

There's a kind of psychological barrier with books that people have to get over to be able to see them as objects -- no matter how useless they are in their current form.

I used to work in a large library, and we would sell and re-home as may books as possible after our annual "weed". We would discard the stuff that was useless - which had to qualify as either so damamged it was in incomprehensible, or so out of date it was misinformation (and this only applied when we already had a copy for reference of the outdated info for historical records).

They did go for recycling, but it was quite a few years ago (ahem!)

Even so, library staff would "rescue" volumes and slip them back inside if they saw they were destined for the skip....

In the end, we coded the section of the basement holdin the "doomed" tomes as "hop" -- an alternative to "skip" that fooled most of 'em Shocked Laughing Rolling Eyes
mrutty

If only there was a site that showed you how to make paperlog Wink
sean

Is there such a thing? Wink
oddballdave

mrutty wrote:
If only there was a site that showed you how to make paperlog Wink


Fill barrel with water.
Shred newspaper.
Soak Newspaper for 24 hours.
Beat with sharp stick.
Leave to soak a bit longer.
Scoop mush into solid former.
Squeeze to extract as much water as possible
and ensure fim shape.
Tip out of former and leave to dry (week? two?)

Burn.

We used to use bottomless cardboard boxes with no lids as formers. About the size of a house brick.
Place on a grid and leave four or five bricks stacked on top to squeeze the water out.

Minimum effort for maximum returns.

Also used a cement mixer for the pulping when we were in a hurry.

Course YMMV

Dave
Bugs

ruby wrote:
Bugs wrote:
You could offer them free to customers with instructions and/or directions on how to grow mushrooms on them. One or maybe many of the places that sell spawn suggest growing them on books - suspect it is oyster mushrooms.


I must try that for the families bookshop - it would make a fun window display - could you point me in the direction of soemoen selling spawn?


http://www.greendragonwoods.org.uk/mushrooms.shtml for example but I'm sure I saw them somewhere else too, not that it matters, by the look of it.

Interesting articles here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/publications/pubs/garden1104/fungi.asp

And here:

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/mag/Articles/Mushrooms1.html

While searching I also came across this interesting site:

http://www.myco-farm.com/

Also I *think* there have been other suggestions of places to get kits/spawn from here so a quick search might yield some that people can recommend - mycologue is the obvious starting point but their site seems to be hibernating at the moment.
Lozzie

Depending upon the extent of the damage (and whether they are paperback or hard back) you could always try encouraging people to get crafty ...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5963.0
Helen_A

There is also this sort of thing

http://www.exlibrisanonymous.com/

That is a US based firm but I did a whole load last summer with the gash covers from misprints of 'local interest' books that the local Oxfam shop couldn't sell and which would otherwise have been skipped, and they went quite well to the tourists Smile My preferance is for a slightly more formal binding than ring though, so ymmv.

Helen_A
dpack

compost works .
local as well .
wellington womble

You can donate them to playschemes or schools, and kids can make secret hidey holes by cutting out some of the middle. I wonder if it would work as mulch, although I'm not sure I, personally, could do that to a book!
Beckyess

or just chuck on the wood burner?
Becky
mrutty

oddballdave wrote:
Fill barrel with water.
Shred newspaper........


Sorry Dave I was mucking around with Sean as I wrote

http://www.two3five.com/paperlog.htm which Sean refers to in his woodburner stove article. Then I was asked to do one without a wooden former like http://www.two3five.com/paper2.htm

and now I've had to add FAQs as I get a mail a week asking questions and it's all Seans fault Laughing
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