Books aren't for burning - but what do you do with 350,000 of them

In what sounds like a specialized case of hoarding, a Canadian man amassed 350,000 books. Then he died and his widow started to burn them. Horrified, a neighbor couple stepped in and said they would help.

But now they don't know what to do with them. They moved the books to a small house on their property and the weight is literally tearing the house apart. They've had no luck (at least at the point the story was written) in getting used book dealers interested.

Here's hoping someone will help them out.

Read more here.

I love this quote in the comments: "Anything that has a spine must have a soul."



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Wouldn't the prudent thing to do is donate them to a library who will appreciate them?
Most libraries don't want used books. I've got quite a stash in my attic (nowhere near 350,000) that I've been trying to unload for years but I can't find anyone to take them, either. I keep thinking maybe they have some sort of insulating factor.
That's just sad. So many stories that could be shared by other people. If the books are in excellent condition there's no reason not to make use of them, used or not. And, free books - when library budgets are so tight already.
But not all books are created equal. I'm not saying any of these folks own Readers Digest Condensed Editions, but those you can't give away. Mildewing books are also a hard sell.
OMG! I love books. I wish I had a place for them, and the time it would take to go through them all. :)
It's kind of hard to imagine how long it would take to go through them.

I can imagine 35.

Or 350.

Even 3,500.

But 350,000!
And I just realized she's holding a hardcover copy of James Harriot's Yorkshire! He is one of the first writers I fell in love with. His books, I mean, not the man. :)
I used to be repped by the same agency. They had been in business forever. They also repped the estates of Christie, Fitzgerald and Faulkner.