The Abused Book Liberation Project started as a hunt for books that were unloved, unwanted, and in danger of the black plague (mold.) I love to search thrift stores and yard sales for my next great read. During that time, I noticed that books are badly used and abused – I’ve come across broken spines, boxes full of books in damp places, water damage, stinky books, and the worst – mold spots.
Most people will sell entire boxes of abused books for ridiculous prices. I once bought an entire garage full of books for $20. When it comes down to it, most people don’t give a rats ass about their books.
About 50% of the books I come across have been irreversibly damaged. The other 50% are cleaned and sorted and either added to my private collection or put on Bookmooch.
If you want to join me in saving books, you don’t need anything but time, knowledge, and a little bit of money to start out. Here are some great books on how to care for your collection.