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Better World Books – Buy Used, Do Good

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Buying used lessens the impact on our resources and environment. The site is super user-friendly, with over 30 lists and categories, including, Green Festival Books, Oprah’s Book Club, Todays Top 20 and Best-selling Fiction and Non-Fiction. You can also browse the Bargain Bin, where you can get 5 used books for $15. Here’s part of the story from their really comprehensive web site:

We were founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who started selling textbooks online to earn some money, and ended up forming a pioneering social enterprise — a business with a mission to promote literacy.

We’re not a traditional company with an add-on “cause” component. Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of our business. You could say it’s in our DNA.

We’re breaking new ground in online bookselling. We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights. That’s why books sold on help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world.

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