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So, it looks like we'll be doing a yard sale in the next couple of months.

As I've been going through stuff, I've come across my old (1980s-era) encyclopedia set in the attic, and am torn about wether to put it out or not.

On the one hand, it's a good 20 or so years old, and most of my reference-searching needs start with Wikipedia and Google these days (and if necessary, there's also various and sundry libraries around). At this point, the sell-by date on my set is almost certainly reached.

On the other hand, I can remember finding my parents' encyclopedia set when I was fairly young, and spending quite a lot of time immersed in it, where I first really started to read up on Greek and Norse mythologies, and read up on various historical events and people. Now that I've got a couple of kids, I wonder if in a few years I drag it down they'll find it the way I found the set my parents had, and will start grabbing volumes and reading through them the way I did.

Personally, I'm leaning towards putting it out at the yard sale, as I've enough other books that are on the shelves, and between them and the Internet I should be all set, but I keep having this nagging feeling that I should hang on to it.

Date: 2009-08-20 04:52 pm (UTC)
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My rule in re getting rid of books is never to get rid of any book that I might conceivably even think about missing at any point in the future. So if you're conflicted, the answer is keep it.


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