What to do with obsolete computer books?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tplyons, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    While I'm home over break, I'm doing a lot of cleaning for my parents and I'm pretty much down to a large pile of books in the garage. However, the big problem is that most are obsolete computer books from the days of Office 97 and other old titles of the sort.

    Nobody will take the obsolete books, what can I do with them without throwing them out?
  2. DudeistMonk

    DudeistMonk Guest

    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    Tech manual bonfire!
  3. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    donate them to your local library. Just because they aren't up to date doesn't mean someone isn't still running those systems. At best they get on the racks. At worst, they will recycle them.
  4. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 Guest

    Jun 17, 2004
    the word obsolete pretty much says it all. Take them to be recycled is about as useful as you can make them.
  5. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    prop up a wobbly table. My old, useless TV production textbooks kept my old bed from being just a matress on the floor back in the day...
  6. I've gone through and read some old computer books just as a whatever (very bored) kinda thing, but I actually learned some things about the architecture of the software in question.
    It actually helped me learn that software's later releases on a much higher level.
    Windows software is funny like that... more than one way to do things... layers upon layers of patches and improvements.
  7. TallLankyBastyd

    TallLankyBastyd Guest

    Jan 31, 2007
    You can always use em out here...
  8. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Yeah. I've got a stack too. I found an old Word Perfect book the other day. Remember that program?
  9. Fireplace Starters
  10. I also had a grunch of those obsolete computer text books... City of Anaheim was glad to take them off my hands.. they recycled the paper for profit, which helps keep the overall trash collection fees reasonable.
  11. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    good idea,

    but you could always just put them w/ the paper recycling. since most of those books are paperbacked should be acceptable.
  12. Muusers

    Muusers Guest

    fireplace, whipin yer bum, you could also eat it...
  13. Sell them on eBay. It's better than trashing them, even if you only get a couple of bucks for them.
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Fire!!! fire!!! fire!!!

  15. But, not in that order please...
  16. Muusers

    Muusers Guest

    but if you do, put it on youtube;)
  17. ForestThump

    ForestThump Guest

    Jun 15, 2005
  18. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    Drop them in a recycle bin. Good for nothing but the paper value.
  19. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    recycle re-shmycle. Throw them in the TRASH. We need to get those land fills a fillin'.
  20. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    They are worth nothing. My neighbors own a used book store and they told me that the most useless books they get are obsolete computer books. Libraries don't want them and they can't even give them away for free at the used book store.

    And you can't even burn them as firewood unless you tear out the pages one by one and crumple them up. :p

    Recycle bin.