Recycling books at the Tulsa International Airport

Monday, December 20th 2004, 9:20 am
By: News On 6

Flying somewhere for the holidays? Want to pass the time with a good book?

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells found a program at the Tulsa International Airport that allows you to recycle your reading.

The hours spent in an airport seem to just drag by if you have nothing to do. Lots of people read, but the price of books keeps going up, so it can be an expensive past time. Until now, Paradies Shops one of the counties largest airport book sellers has a new program called Read and Return.

Paul Pennington with Paradies Shops: "It's so new and so different; it's taking people by surprise. They're not used to seeing a program like this." So what is it, first you search for a book you want to read, hardback or paperback. Take it to the register and then read it. When you've finished it, sell it back. "All you have to do is have the receipt, within six months; we'll give you half your money back."

The other good news is that you can bring it back to any of their stores in more than 60 airports nationwide. One Tulsa business traveler has been recycling his reading material as he leaves town every Monday since the program began this fall. "Response has been great."

He says they measure the response by the number of books that have been returned. They then resell the book at the buy-back price in the shops near the security check point. The selection of new titles is pretty good.

If you'd like a list of locations of which airports and hotels have gift shops and book stores that participate in the program, check out their website at