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Just thought that my fellow divers would like to know that I'm still diving books (with Dwalin's help) and selling them on half.com and Amazon. Last year, I sold 649 books. Prices tend to be slightly higher on Amazon than on half.com, and fortunately I sell more about twice as many books there, too.

I've had a few great triumphs that make me happy I'm in the book-relocation business. For example, two weeks ago I dived a book that had clearly been donated to the library and rejected. It was a book on some health care laws and regulations, and it was in very good shape. I'm guessing that the library thought it was too specialized. There were *none* listed on either half.com or Amazon, but Amazon had a pre-order for it -- for $100. Easiest $84 I've ever made!

I'm also still mailing the books out using stamps I get at below face value on eBay. Tons of fun!

So what diving adventures have the rest of you had lately?

phantomdiver
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I've had a few great triumphs that make me happy I'm in the book-relocation business.

If you're still looking for ways to donate books you can't sell, you might be interested in Access Books. I read about them on Oprah's site. It's a group that gets books for inner-city school libraries.
http://www.oprah.com/uyl/angel/uyl_angel_20010604.jhtml
http://www.accessbooks.net/index.asp

And some facts about their mission/goals
http://www.accessbooks.net/mission_facts.asp

Maybe you could find a similar group in your area.
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If you're still looking for ways to donate books you can't sell,

Oh, I am! But I don't want to mail books, tightwad that I am.

I donate all the kids' books and any books I think might interest a teacher to the Shenandoah County Migrant Education Program, where I taught this summer. But after that, it's been hard to find places that will take literally hundreds of books.

A week ago, DH was having a procedure done in a hospital. As I left him to the tender mercies of those who were to inflict pain on him, I saw a bookshelf labeled "For Endoscopy Patients." I asked a volunteer at the front desk if the hospital would like a lot of books. After some confabulation with an employee, the volunteer came with me to my car, found me a spot to park right near the door, and helped me unload books onto a cart. Then I parked the car in the patients' area again and went back to count the books. I donated 504 books to that hospital!

But I won't be able to do it again for quite a while. It'll take them several months to eat through that donation, I'm sure. Maybe next time I'll see if the Salvation Army store near phantomdaughter2's high school really will take all books, as the security guard told me it would.

phantomdiver
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