Friday, June 20, 2008

My mom doesn't buy a lot of books anymore, but yesterday she found this website. Most people probably buy their books online from and there is nothing wrong with that. By purchasing books from, you are actually making a difference in the world, not just to someone's bottom line.

Better World Books calls itself the online bookstore with a soul. They collect and sell books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. This is the best idea I have heard of in a long time.

All books are available with free shipping to any location within the United States (or $2.97 worldwide). Every order is also shipped carbon neutral with offsets from
In addition to selling new books, they support book drives and collect used books and textbooks through a network of over 1,600 college campuses and partnerships with almost 1,000 libraries.

As if all that weren't enough, they have converted more than 11 million donated books into $4.5 million in funding for literacy and education. By doing this, they have diverted more than 6,000 tons of books from landfills. How cool is that?

So far they have donated nearly one million books to partner programs around the world. Their four primary literacy partners are Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, and the National Center for Family Literacy. Every book you purchase from Better World Books contributes to individual literacy throughout the world.

You always have a choice when you shop. Please make the right choice when shopping for books. These guys are doing great work, so please support their efforts. Everyone, everywhere (including pugs) deserves a good book!

1 comment:

Doc Jen said...

Thanks Stubby. I love this book site and thank your mom for recommending it.

Doc Jen