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Do You Have Too Many Books?

By October 20, 2006

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BooksMy husband and I are huge book collectors; I don't mean the kind that collect rare antiquities, rather that we tend to buy a lot of books, then are completely frustrated when it comes time to move. Books are heavy - they can cost a lot to ship to a new city or state. Each time we have to take stock, deciding which ones that we just can't part with. The rest are donated to a library or school or end up on a friend's bookshelf.

So, before you move, find out how to properly pack those special books so you'll be able to enjoy them when you arrive at your new home. - these tips came from the university library here in town who safely ship hundreds of books across the country every day.

And if you're having a hard time parting with some of your beloved reads, remember what Henry Miller once said:

"A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum -- of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold."

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