Im my pre-cabbie days, I was an online bookseller, and acquired a shedload of books, which I’d sell on the internet, usually overseas. This was great in the days when the Aussie dollar was weak and insecure, but with Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard building it up into a raging tiger, the profits fell out of my bookselling career. So about five years back I turned to cabdriving.
I still have many of the books. I’ve held garage sales and given them away, and now with a move to a smaller house rapidly approaching, I’m forced to clear them out. My personal collection was boxed up and taken away by a local bookseller – and I’ve got to say that I had very mixed feelings as I watched thirty years of collecting drive off on a truck, and now I’m down to the last few thousand books.
These are good books, fiction, non-fiction, computer books and history, large, small, new old, paperback and hardback. Whatever I gleaned from garage sales and bookfairs or job lots. I’m selling them on eBay, with a nominal 99c price here for local collection only. You’ll need a van or a light truck, but you’ll get years of reading.
There are other collections to come:
-hundreds of classic old science-fiction and fantasy paperbacks and magazines from the Seventies and earlier.
-hundreds of war history and fiction paperbacks.
-hundreds of old board wargames. SPI, Avalon Hill, The Gamers, Game Design Workshop and many others.
I don’t care about how much I get for them so much as seeing them go to people who love this sort of stuff. My darling but exasperated wife suggested hiring a skip and tossing them all in. If they don’t sell, I’ll ring up Lifeline and ask them to send around a truck, and they’ll handle that end of the process, and make a few dollars for a good cause.
But I thought that Canberrans would be interested in cheap books in large numbers. And I know that there are science fiction, fantasy and gaming geeks out there.