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© Claire Lawton

Disappearing Ink: What will happen to all the books?

On a cool Thursday evening in January, several women gather around folding tables in a Central Phoenix warehouse to sort thousands of books, pausing only to pull out a greeting card used as a bookmark or to show off a rare find.

The volunteers quickly pull worn copies of Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses, Relationships for Dummies, and anything by Maurice Sendakout of grocery bags, stick them with color-coded price tags, and place them neatly into a maze of tall shelves filled with salvaged produce boxes labeled by genre and topic.

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Published in: Phoenix New Times, River Front Times, Houston Press, February 2013