Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Aug. 10 2004,5:51 pm
|Leaving books in a cache sounds like a great idea! I have lots of books that are in great condition that I've read. Is it tacky to leave books that you've already read? Shouldn't the books be new?|
Gee, I never thought of our public libraries as being "tacky" for harboring used books. Books have always been a vehicle for distribution of knowledge and entertainment, and should be shared as much as possible. If you find a book in a cache, take it, read it, and leave it in another cache for someone else's pleasure. As long as the content is intact (and they don't smell too bad) books don't devalue with use.
|I would probably have to agree with scout here. Even in well sealed containers moderate temerature changes can still cause enough condensation that paper contents in a cache can get musty and moldy if there too long.|
Paper and other moisture sensitive materials can survive well in a cache by simply placing them in zipper plastic bags (double-bag for extra protection). I make it a practice to bag every item when I place a new cache, and sometimes leave extra bags for swapped-in items. However, it probably isn't a good idea to leave books (or anything else, actually) in containers that don't seal tightly, like food storage containers (or anything with less than ammo can integrity). It's revolting to find a cache with the contents floating around inside in a soup of dissolved and decaying "stuff".
"If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost!"