We are excited to have discovered this marvellous online site. “You buy. We donate” is their catchphrase. New and old books are available for free delivery around the world and for every book you buy, they donate one onwards (while endearingly thanking you profusely), enabling and enriching libraries in poorer countries. It has become our first port of call for online books. With £14 million raised for libraries and nearly 200 million books recycled, how can you not like it?
They say it best, so in their own words:
In a nutshell, we keep books out of landfill and support literacy by selling them on multiple online marketplaces. Our customers have made us the world’s biggest socially responsible used bookseller. We are not a charity, but a pioneering social business. We work in partnership with literacy charities using our skills in online bookselling to make money for them to plough into literacy initiatives.
We also work closely with libraries, student groups and sustainability officers. Many people don’t realise that disposing of surplus books can be a huge issue – so our free service is pretty popular. Nobody likes seeing books thrown into skips! You’re in the right place to find out more about how we work with libraries and with other groups who have surplus books. Just give us a shout if you’d like to know more.
What a perfect name too – everything about this British company is fun, inspiring and practical. But it’s the multi-layered satisfaction of the books themselves (used and new), the simplicity and effectiveness of the concept, and just the continued enjoyment we’ve had from everything about this site has made buying books more of an obsession than ever. Click here to buy from Better World Books.