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What do you do with IT books you no longer need?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Juelz, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Juelz

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    I had a few just laying around that I bought but never really used so decided to sell a few of them, got rid of them all now! Didn't make much from them compared to what I paid but enough to cover half the cost of my pre order of the new A+ book.
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Resale for most my old books is under 50p, generally they go in the bin or to the charity shop.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Chuck in the bin - not worth much these days.
     
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  4. dmarsh

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  5. jk2447

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    Strange that really isnt it as when we want to buy books, they can be a lot of money, try to sell one and it's worthless. I guess just due to the nature of technology progressing, the books likewise get cheaper until they are paper weights
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Shelf life for IT books is now about 1 year, typically they are out of their shelf life by time I go to sell them.

    I'm surprised the authors even bother to write them.

    It used to be a good Addison Wesley title was good for 3-4 editions and 20 years. Authors would get 20 years of royalties.

    Now it must be completely pointless, the books take longer to write, proof-read and publish than they spend in print.
     
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    Probably have to be extremely quick off the mark, likes of Exchange 2016 coming out today, the books probably got to be half written to have a chance of making any cash
     
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  8. dmarsh

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    Anything with a date in the title is pointless to learn :;)
     
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  9. jk2447

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    Ha ha ha couldn't you have told me that before I spent years getting my 2003 and 2012 certs?
     
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  10. dmarsh

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    Its called planned obsolescence..
     
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  11. Monkeychops

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    Tend to charity shop anything old I've had that I don't want to keep around anymore.

    If you have books on specific versions of specific technologies then they will date pretty quickly, books that are more based on concepts and things at a higher level should last a bit longer.

    I've got many security books that are relatively speaking quite old now but the content still holds up.
     
  12. SimonD

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    I just dumped all my old Cisco, Microsoft and VMware books as there was no resale value in them (1 - 10p per book for those that actually had a resale value).

    I probably got rid of 30+ books
     
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