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Do you keep your college textbooks?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by tyates, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. mishon

    mishon Well-Known Member

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    Donated all my undergrad and law books to a local library. Only kept 2 books: The Bluebook and Legal Writing by Design.
     
  2. erbs

    erbs Well-Known Member

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    I usually sell my science texts, but I keep most of the philosophy/lit books.
     
  3. goodlife

    goodlife Well-Known Member

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    As others have said it rally depends on your field. I kept all the books from classes in my major (history) and a few others I found particularly interesting (novels and anthologies from Lit. and texts for Art History). Being in grad. school a few have come in handy. Even the American History textbooks, which are mostly useless civics propaganda, are good for the occasional map.
     
  4. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

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    Still have some here, staring at me, from the time I graduated in '92. Haven't even opened them again eversince.
     
  5. mendozavr

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    I was always very quick to resell mine at the end of the semester. I still own a few novels I had to read for history and literature classes.

    Apart from those books you keep for reference, reselling right away is the best way to go since most textbooks tend to depreciate rapidly. If you need the book again, you can always re-buy it used for a lower price from from Half.com or Amazon.
     
  6. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black Well-Known Member

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    at the end of every year in college, i carried bags and bags of notes, essays, tests to the recycling room and got rid of all of it. Then I sold whatever books i had, sometimes still in their original wrapper for whatever i could get. i basically walked out of there with nothing but my diploma.
     
  7. Jared

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    I kept a fair number of them that I assumed would come in handy as a reference. Now they're in boxes at my parents' place on the other side of town. Therefore, whenever I need a reference I check if I can find the same information online before I go to the trouble of finding the book. So far nothing has come up that required getting the book.
     
  8. Eagle

    Eagle Well-Known Member

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    I did including most of my research papers and five copies of my graduate thesis, for about 30 years and then...gave (bound) copy of the thesis to each of our grown children and threw the rest out. Boy, did that feel good! [​IMG]
     
  9. chiral

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    I keep most of my core texts because I find myself referencing them all the time. Organic + physical chem, advanced instrumental design, analytical methods, etc.
     
  10. Honstu

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    I always resell my textbooks as I have found that there was no real use in keeping them, however I still have a whole stack of notes I keep for future referencing.
     
  11. eg1

    eg1 Well-Known Member

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    I am something of a packrat, but I finally ditched many of my old textbooks (20+ years old) this past spring when the basement flooded and I was forced to move stuff around. I kept all the literature, though.
     
  12. bimmernate

    bimmernate Well-Known Member

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    Most are gone. Some I use to make arguments. Some I use because they can be used in place of Ambien.
     
  13. dtmt

    dtmt Well-Known Member

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    Yup... that's what mom's house is for.
     
  14. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Kept the good books, sold off the rest. I did keep quite a few of my MBA textbooks though for future reference. I kept a few notable ones only for the novelty of cracking them open, something I didn't always do when school was in session.
     
  15. ama

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    I notice I kept a couple of economics books, mostly by accident though.
     
  16. skiwebster

    skiwebster Well-Known Member

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    resold all my college textbooks but kept my casebooks from law school because they all have the same binding/coloring and look pretty cool on the bookshelf. of course, there is a 99% chance i'll never open them, but i think they look neat.
     
  17. TheClearanceGuy

    TheClearanceGuy Well-Known Member

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    If you don't plan on going back to school then I would get rid of them. If you plan on going back you might want to hold on to them.
     
  18. upstarter

    upstarter Well-Known Member

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    Of course not (I'm about to graduate).

    I kept my AP European History book from HS, though.

    Palmer, Colton, and Kramer's History of the Modern World. -Quite possibly the best textbook ever written.
     
  19. jdcpa

    jdcpa Well-Known Member

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    I am still in the process of getting rid of mine. Most of undergrad are gone. I still have a few left from law. The case books are worthless (for law use), only value is to donate them. The code books still have a bit of life. I also have my accounting books....those actually are pretty useful for reference, so I still have about 70% of those.
     
  20. mikeman

    mikeman Well-Known Member

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    I keep all books that have information that I may need in the future,otherwise I try to sell them.But most of the time I just throw them in the recycling,because getting 50 cents back on a 100 dollar book isnt worth it.
     

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