Drat, wish I had that kind of luck - I'd show up with a few cars and grab a ton of books... which would have given my wife a lifetime of entertainment! (She's the kind that goes through a book a day and thus buys them for $1-$3 at the discount stores.)
Why can't these people treat it as a no-return library? Take what you need and put back those you don't need so the next person can take what he want. I wouldn’t be surprised if they started burning books just for fun. I am sure it will draw a lot of people to watch; the biggest book burning since World War II.
when the business cost to hold, maintain, and sell the books is more than you can receive in revenue, you must close down. Removing the books is an added cost, and could probably cost tens of thousands of dollars to have them removed. Keep in mind these are second hand books. Do you know how many books your local public library throws away?
Yeah, they definitely went to town on that place. Apparently people showed up with caravans, trailers etc to take home as much as they possibly could. I'd like to think people were taking them home to read them but more than likely a lot of people probably sold them on to second-hand book shops in exchange for store credit/cash. That said, there was one college kid who managed t find nearly an entire set of encyclopedias and was having the best time trying to track down the missing few. So I guess some people had good clean fun?