What to do with your 10th grade yearbook

by Lisa Rosen on September 13, 2011

Lee has made a most excellent discovery.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’re going through our bookshelves, gradually wrapping our brains around the idea of letting go of all those books.*

Most books are easy enough to part with–I know if I need to revisit something, I can just get it on the Kindle, or check it out of the library.

But I’ve been stumbling over what to do with my old yearbooks.  I don’t really want to drag these big heavy books around for the rest of my life, but it doesn’t feel quite right to just toss them out.  And think about it–how often do you really want/need/use those books, anyway?  I try to avoid them–I don’t need to be reminded of my ’80s hair.

Lee, problem-solver that he is, has found a solution.  He got his scanned.  This company charges a penny per page–an average high school or college yearbook works out to three or four dollars.  The scanned pages are perfect; we can even read all the scribbled signatures and oblique comments penned by his classmates.

Caveat:  you don’t get the book back.  (Not that I’d want it back–that’s the whole point of scanning it, in my opinion.)  If you can adjust to the idea of having your memories online, instead of taking up space on your bookshelf, it’s an excellent service.

*The attic, I’m pleased to report, no longer contains even a single book.  All gone.

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