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  • The other reason for using liquor boxes is strength - they are strong enough to be filled with books and still be tossed around without breaking. A box that is designed to hold other materials (bags of potato chips, for example) are much more fragile when filled with books.

    The other technique I used long ago was to take the boxes used to hold 24 cans of soda pop, the ones that are half as high as the can and wrapped in shrink wrap plastic. These boxes are great for holding paperback books - you get two rows of books lying with the spine upward (which makes the book about the same height as a pop can). I actually used a bunch of those for years. I had shelves that were tall enough to have two boxes high per shelf (that was 4 bricks, as I recall). I could just slide out a box to scan the titles and find the book I wanted. When I moved, I just separated the boards and bricks, and carried the books already in boxes. Now that I've been in the same house for 20 years, though, I've moved to more normal bookshelves. (Well, still somewhat unusual - I get about 6000 paperbacks in a set of shelves that fit in a space 3' x 8' while still being able to see all the spines.)