What you do with old classroom sets of textbooks?

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  1. Shel2020

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    I have 10th edition of a bunch of texts for AP senior English class. We are moving on to 11th Edition. I have literally have over 30 of these books that I feel awful throwing in the trash. Is there an exchange somewhere where teachers in need of texts can go to network? What do you normally do with old texts? I posted them on an auction site to cover the shipment cost, but I don't know if teachers look at that auction site for things like that or not.
     
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    What does the school say you can do with the books? Usually when books are being replaced, teachers are asked if they would like a copy, libraries are approached, kids are allowed to acquire the texts on a first come, first served basis. Craigslist, yard sales, etc. The problem is always the cost to ship them.
     
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    My district has regulations regarding obsolete textbooks. We contact a textbook supplier who will either buy them if they have resale value or recycle them.
     
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    It's a middle college program, over 10 high school districts attend. A community college is governing body of the classes. They were just trashing them. Maybe it's silly of me to think there are low income schools that could use them. I know my college and masters classes used older editions of textbooks all the time. I guess I can recycle them, was just hoping to I might find someone with a need for English textbooks for their classroom.
     
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    Contact small local private schools(not the ritzy ones).
     
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    You certainly can’t sell them and profit from them so remove them from ebay asap. There is a legitimate process for books when they are no longer in use since government money was used for their purchase.
     
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    No profit involved, $32 is the cost to ship, which I think I've stated before. Since I am neither employed by the college or any affiliated school districts that would be a hard legal case to make.

    But now I've been looking into some interesting ways to distress books and make them look vintage. I think I'll do that instead. Even found a cute entry way bench made from encyclopedias, once I distress and decoupage the spines should be pretty cute. Maybe then I will sell it!!! Uh oh...profit. Hahaha
     
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    I love how flippant you are about this. Oh wait, no I don’t, it’s irritating.

    Even the shipping would be profiting. Put them back where they were. Even if that was the trash.
     
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    You may be confusing the terms income and profit. It costs $32 to ship 20 books media mail, minus the fee for using eBay, I actually would lose a couple of bucks.

    Profit = Income - Cost
    Profit = $32 - ($32 + eBay fee)

    So no, there would not be monetary profit for me, but I would feel good about the deed. However, an emotional profit...not a taxable event. The books were not stolen or taken from an enclosed trash area, (just a little FYI, it is legal for private citizens to dumpster dive as long as it isn't within an enclosed area); the admin actually packed them up on a wheeled cart and took them to my car back in August. So I will respectfully decline your command.
    I thought I would network online to find them a home with a school that has trouble affording classroom sets of textbooks, this is the first teacher forum I joined since I am not actually a teacher.
    Thought I would do something nice, but turning out to be difficult to find the books (that were gifted to me) a home. Pinterest has some super cute ideas for books though. It has given me some ideas for Christmas gifts using the outdated PDRs for residents/fellows. Also, assuming the bench turns out cute, I will try to post a picture in case there are any other teachers out there with an abundance of books cluttering their garage. I need a bench in my narrow entryway anyway, it's oddly shaped, so no worries I won't sell it the near future. (No guarantee that it doesn't end up in an estate sale upon death though) If it ends up looking awful, I will be sure to place it in the landfill as opposed to recycling, we are paid per pound for recyclables.
     
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    You don’t seem to be comprehending that these books belong to taxpayers. You are not entitled to the cost of shipping because they do not belong to you.

    As someone who has legally discarded books, each isbn number must be compiled then that list must be voted on to be discarded by the Board that was responsible for their procurement. Ignorance of the law by your facilty doesn’t excuse or indemnify you. Not that you’re going to go to jail for it, but you simply are out of your depth or are choosing not to understand. My suggestion, skip teaching, join Pinterest full time.
     
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    The cost of shipping would be the responsibility of the buyer.

    Once again, I am not employed by the college or any high schools affiliated with it, nor am I a teacher.
     
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    Go sell the stolen books elsewhere. That was your aim in the other post they shut down.
     
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    What is your role in all this then?
     
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    Lol! That was because I provided the eBay information where teachers could locate the posting.

    Which ironically, upsadaisy, the moderator, later replied to the thread to use eBay.

    Not stolen, I promise. The college keeps a close relationship with the hospital to help facilitate placing students or graduates in internships or employment. We get to know each other pretty well. (Maybe I will make them a textbook decoupage box for Christmas too.) Right after I let them know, that although I have never been employed by their facility, I have been given strict instruction from an internet teacher forum that they are performing their job duties against the letter of the law. Also neglecting the fact that I have no idea who may be on the board who makes the decisions regarding textbook changes, nor any idea what procedures were followed prior to them giving me the textbooks. I will surely let them know how you personally perceive their middle college procedures, related to textbooks (through a 3rd party) should NEVER deviate from your own facility's procedures. That should go over well. Actually, maybe I will give them textbook decoupage box gift AFTER that conversation, you know, to smooth things over.

    Bottom line, got some English textbooks (given to me) in my garage, would like to give them to a classroom in need, just the textbooks. Unfortunately, I'm not giving away shipping labels.
     
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    Schools often have their own policies and contracts with textbook companies. I can assure you with almost 100% certainty that either the school's policy or the textbook contract prohibits resale of these textbooks, especially since they are so new, unless it's to an approved vendor. I handle all things textbook at my school, and this is definitely true where I am. We are not allowed to sell any obsolete textbook, even one that is in good condition, for any amount of money, even 25 cents, to anyone other than the approved vendor. Sure, it would be nice to donate books to a worthy cause, and some of my colleagues have been drafting proposals to make that happen. Until it does, however, it is what it is.

    It's entirely possible that the people who gave you these textbooks violated the school's policies and/or the textbook contract, even if they didn't know. I would strongly advise you to not try to sell them anywhere, even in craft form.
     
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    I find your attitude curious. Why are you so invested in these books? Are you just unhappy that people here didn't want to buy them from you?

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    I work at a hospital that the middle college likes place students/graduates in internships/employment. We also share a parking lot. We have meetings with admin about prerequisites for working in different departments. We also meet with local high school pre health advisors at this college. They gave me a bunch of textbooks they didn't want to throw away as they move to newer edition.
     
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    Presumably they intended for you to give the books away to needy students. You can do this without getting any money in exchange, even for shipping labels.
     
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    Nah, I'm really thinking of doing that bench made out of books idea. They are the perfect width for that space. Just wanted to reiterate I didn't steal a bunch of high school textbooks
     
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