Bibliothekar und Germanist Dale Askey publizierte in seinem Blog einen kontroversen Beitrag: Why I no longer collect books. Er wirft Bücher auch weg, was für viele Bücherfreunde natürlich unverständlich ist:
The inability to discard even the most pointless book appears to be some universal human problem. No normal person has problems throwing out cracked dishes, old shoes, cassette tapes, dead plants, and so on. But old books, no matter how moldy, battered, or pointless, just never get the treatment they deserve, which is sometimes a trash bin. Ask any librarian how many people have tried to donate their lovingly boxed and preserved National Geographic magazines, their basic and battered Shakespeare sets, and so forth, and you’ll get epic tales of pointless gifts that just put an expensive burden on libraries. Who hasn’t seen a garage sale where someone isn’t trying to sell a Gideon’s Bible or a Book of Mormon (the point being that they are given away freely)? How many people still have their college textbooks on their shelves with those little yellow USED stickers intact? People, throw away your own trash!
Ich selbst habe kein Problem, Bücher unter gewissen Umständen zu entsorgen. Mein Verhältnis zu Büchern kann man in dieser Notiz nachlesen.