What to give your friends and family this year? Why, books, of course. Best of all, recycle books as gifts, because in today’s world waste is…undesirable.
Here’s a time-honoured way to recycle books as gifts.
Buy a new or secondhand book that you want to read. Then read it, but…
- Do not spill coffee, tea, pasta, soup or red wine on the book
- Do not drop it in the bath or leave it in the sun
- Do not turn down corners or scribble in the margins.
Then, when you’ve finished reading it, wrap it in pre-used paper and give it to somebody else.
I know you know this trick. I know you have used it for years. But now, instead of feeling guilty for being mean, give yourself a pat on the back for cutting down on waste. Be proud when you recycle books as gifts.
Seems that people are buying the book by the handful for gifts. Various people have told me me they’ve bought two, five, seven, even nine copies. Then the poems get shared and shared again. Maybe because we’re all bumbling along towards old age and it’s good to have some company along the way. Anyway, I’m recycling this idea to you, now that the holiday season is almost upon us.
How to buy a book in New Zealand
In New Zealand, buy How To Be Old (and other books!) from a book store, obviously: that’s easy. We love our fabulous independent book stores and they are thriving in 2020. You can order online from many book stores, for example Unity Books.
How to import a New Zealand book
But outside New Zealand, especially in this global pandemic, there are logistical and economic barriers such as taxes and shipping costs. Consequently, importing a New Zealand book can become disproportionately expensive. A small book can cost you USD45 instead of the original USD17.50.
So for the benefit of readers in the US, UK, Australia and other countries I’m making How To Be Old available from this very website: buy it online through PayPal.
The price for you is stated in New Zealand dollars (NZD25) which amounts to about USD$17.6, today. Shipping is free. (I can do this because I’m not a bookstore, with all their overheads.)
A taste of How To Be Old
I could be arcane, I could be smart I could crochet the strings of your heart I could be subtle, I could be wise sprinkle my lines with splendid lies but now that I'm staring at my own demise I don't have time. So here's the deal. I'll stop talking to myself and talk to you.
When you recycle books as gifts, you get multiple benefits: choosing a book, reading a book, giving a book, and cutting down on the monumental waste that happens around Christmas and New Year.