I wish there was something I could make with this.
Encyclopedias show up at the swap shed all the time, as do dictionaries, thesauri, and Bibles. I wish there were something I could make with any of them, something that used them up, was easy to store, and salable.
I’ve seen the Christmas tree made out of books. I have made jewelry with Bible verses (harder than it looks if you are soldering; the soldering iron singes the paper). And I resist. I even brought home some set of reference books because the spines were so pretty. The text was not useful to me. Eventually, I cut off the spines and sent the books back to the paper bin and still haven’t done anything with the gilded ornamentation.
I have an old Morrison and Boyd (Organic Chemistry) at home. I may look for the illustrations of interesting molecules (caffeine, mostly, in my world today) and make a pendant or two from them.
But mostly, I have to watch the books float on down the endless stream of raw material that passes outside my studio. I simply can’t recycle them all.