the Future of the Book

December 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

In the age of eReaders and Overdrive, some believe that the future of the book is digital. At Recycled Reads, we neither deny nor embrace this idea, but weigh the opposing viewpoints to determine the possible outcomes. 

In the event of obsolescence, Recycled Reads is prepared. Already we recycle ten tons of books each month. Many of you have seen our Recycled Crafts – from jewelry to home decor – that we make out of the books that would have been recycled. Book Art is a quickly growing art form, and we hope to inspire our customers to keep outdated or damaged books for crafting projects. Come by the store on Saturday, December 17th between 1 and 3pm to learn some of our holiday-inspired crafts like recycled map gift wrap, paper jewelry, and paper wreaths!

But because we are mostly staffed by librarians and librarian-supporters, everyone here understands that sometimes, you just want to hold the book in your hands. What is it exactly – the smell? the weight? the notes in the margins or end-page-inscriptions from half a century ago? The most invigorating of our donations are the older books. The stories they tell can not be appropriately translated into a digital format. The random newspaper clippings and photographs tucked into the pages are treasures that only a vintage book-lover can know. Well, vintage book-lovers, rejoice! Recycled Reads has been holding back the very best of our old and new books to sell at our Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 10th. Come for the amazing prices on our new, old, and coffee-table books…stay for the dancers, music, and Santa photos! (We encourage you to bring your own cameras.)

Either way, Recycled Reads is prepared for the future of the book. Don’t get left behind! Come into the store before your holiday shopping is done!



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