Socially-conscious Better World Books are an online, for-profit bookseller that shares its revenues with worldwide literacy initiatives. The company was founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who began selling textbooks online to earn extra cash, and has since grown to a sizeable company with over 200 employees. Better World Books is a very innovative enterprise: the Better World Bookstore sells new titles, but also actively supports book drives and collects used books and text book from a huge network of over 1,600 college campuses and in collaboration with almost 1,000 libraries across the U.S.
Better World Books works real closely with student groups, sustainability officers and libraries. What many people don’t realise is that disposing of surplus books can be an enormous issue – which is why their free service is so phenomenally popular. No one enjoys seeing books being thrown into skips! What’s also great about Better World Books is that shipping is FREE – including WORLDWIDE!
Get 3 used books for $10, 4 for $12 and 5 for $15 with the Better World Books Bargain Bin.
Plus if it’s a Better World Books discount you’re after, shop during their Third Thursday Flash Sale and you’ll get 40% off 3 or more used books with BetterWorldBooks.com
Every single order that gets shipped is carbon neutral with offsets from Carbonfund.org. So unlike traditional for-profit companies, Better World Books also adds a worthwhile social component to everything it does as a commercial venture.
In a nutshell, Better World Books helps to keep books out of landfill and supports literacy by selling them on multiple online marketplaces. It’s thanks to their loyal customers that they have been made the world’s biggest socially responsible used bookseller. Better World Books are not a charity, simply a pioneering social business. They work in active partnership with literacy charities using their skills in online bookselling to make money for them to plough into literacy initiatives. To date, the company has converted more than 16.4 million donated books into $5 million in funding for literacy and education.
Better World Books are also a company that works tirelessly to make their impact on the world as positive as possible. In addition to contributing to social impact by generating revenue for charities and libraries, the whole Better World Books business is founded on promoting the reuse of books – reuse being the core of environmental sustainability. Where it’s not possible to find a second (or 3rd, 4th or 5th…) use for a book they make 100% sure it’s responsibly recycled.
When it comes to helping the environment, BetterWorldBooks takes things even further than other bookstores. They have collaborated with Sustainable Business Consulting and followed the World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol to develop the methodology used to calculate their carbon inventory. They then partnered with a leading carbon management company, Carbon Footprint, to help them offset the carbon associated with books being shipped out to their customers. For every single tonne of carbon emissions produced, one native British broad-leaved tree will be planted in Scotland through Tree Appeal.