Friday, July 24, 2009

BetterWorld Books

Sorry, but I had to interrupt "Quest for the Perfect Husband" to bring you this special announcement. Are you tired of giving your hard-earned dollars to the Big Book Guy (a.k.a. Amazon.com)? Do you wish you could buy your books from a more responsible online bookstore? Then check out BetterWorld Books, an awesome company that I have just discovered. Finally, a place for responsible shopping for all us book-lovers. You can visit their web site and find out for yourself, but here's a quick list of a few great things about them:

  • Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of their business.
  • They believe that education and access to books are basic human rights.
  • The books they sell help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States.
  • So far, the company has converted more than 25 million donated books into $6.5 million in funding for literacy and education.
  • Every order is shipped carbon neutral.
  • Oh, and in The United States, all the books you order are shipped free (take that, Amazon!). They're shipped for a mere $3.97 if you live elsewhere. Not only do you get to support good causes, but you benefit financially as well.
Check it out, everyone, and please spread the word. Blog about them. Link to them when discussing books. Blab about them to your friends. They deserve our support.

5 comments:

Bob said...

Ironically, I had just bought a book from Better World, but through my Amazon account, with their $3.99 shipping plus the price of the book, 1 cent ($4.00 total). But obviously, it’s “better” for Better World to buy directly so thanks for the heads up!

knitseashore said...

Thanks for sharing -- it looks like a great site! (But I have to go on a book diet now. Shelves are beyond full!)

Emily Barton said...

Bob, yes, buying directly is probably "better," though I'm glad to hear they're obviously taking advantage of what Amazon has to offer them.

Ms. Knits, just as with food, I seem constantly to be battling with "book diets."

Smithereens said...

$3.97 international shipping? That's awesome! Thanks for sharing, I'll be using it soon.

Dorothy W. said...

Thanks for the heads up about this site -- I'll certainly shop there!