We all know that reading books can make us better citizens of the world, but how about donating our old books and buying used (but new to us) books? Does that help make a better world? One way it can is through Better World Books.
Based in Mishawaka, Indiana, Better World Books was founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who started selling textbooks online to earn some money.
Over the years, Better World Books has evolved into an award winning for-profit business with a mission to donate both books and money to promote literacy worldwide. Their goal is to put unused books back into circulation and into the hands of people who want them and out of storage rooms, damp basements, and landfills.
Better World Books receives books from individuals, libraries, booksellers, book drives and through community drop boxes. They sell many of these books through their online store. The remainder of the books are donated directly to literacy programs or recycled.
To date, they have re-used or recycled over 250 million books. In addition, they have raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and sold books to millions of readers worldwide.
You can check to see if there is a Better World Books drop-off location near you, or you can ship books directly to Better World Books by following the directions on their website. Or, check with your local library or solid waste district to learn about other options for book donations available in your community.
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