Here’s a fun fact for you. Apparently there is no good way to recycle the paper from paperback books. They use low-quality paper, and in order to do anything with them, they have to go through the process of removing the glue from the spine. Thus, nearly all paperback books will eventually end up in a dump somewhere. Sure, when we get rid of books, we like to donate them to Goodwill, or even a school. However, why not actually put those old books to use doing something constructive around your house?
One of the coolest uses I’ve ever seen for old books is to turn them into a room divider. If you stack a bunch of books together tightly, you’ll find that they absorb a lot of sound, and, if you’re blocking off an entire room, you’ll find that they are a good form of heat insulation. There are a few good project ideas for building your own partition over at the London Design Studio website.