Roughly every three years, I find I’ve amassed too many books, and have to give some (around 50-75) away.
There was a great “used books store” in downtown Mountain View, which (tragically1) had to close up shop and move away, and the time after that, I went to the local Goodwill, and this time I’m thinking of donating what I can to the local library, we’ll see.
It’s somewhat disappointing that there isn’t any record of the hundreds of books I’ve given away over the last decade and change … so this time I thought I’d make a list.
Now the idea of making a list of the books I have, has come up in the past, but it has either
- been on paper
- or otherwise not accessible any more
- or not re-attempted because there’s just no easy way to do it.
I have this love-hate relationship with Airtable, it seems — I’ve written before about how their pricing is geared towards enterprises and lacking a good “personal use plan”, but … the fact is, for something like this, it’s dead simple to use.
What I recorded here is the name of each book, an image of the cover, and whether it’s hardcover/softcover2, and … I was going through them at the rate of about fifteen seconds per book.
Here3 is the result: an accessible list of everything I’m about to give away this time.
P.S. I realized something else: in case you live nearby and want to pick up anything on this list, leave a note on the list (it’s read-only, but comment-able), and I’ll figure out a way to hand them over.
- https://www.sfgate.com/books/article/BookBuyers-closes-its-doors-in-Mountain-View-7288142.php ↩
- Not sure why I did this, it’s something I thought would matter … ↩
- https://airtable.com/invite/l?inviteId=invfJzu4jolUgZd7t&inviteToken=ffd7628ff3a544f4f40ecd56c4406bdefbf232cfca5b0a274b3a62890945e512 ↩