Better World Books

Better World Books

Better World Books is a U.S based online book seller. Described as a for-profit "Social Business Venture", Better World Books claim they measure success through a “triple bottom line”, considering economic, environmental & social factors. They are a founding B corporation [Fast Company Profile: 45 Social Entrepreneurs who are changing the world. [] ] , aiming to "create benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders." [B Corporation Website: About Us.] , The Better World Books mission statement is “to capitalize on the value of the book to fund and support literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world.” [Better World Books promotional literature] They raise funding for over 80 non-profit literacy programs.Better World Books, Impact.]

They have collected over 10 million books, raised over $2.3 million for non-profit literacy programs, $1.2 million for libraries and $850,000 for student groups.


In May 2002, three University of Notre Dame graduates led a book drive to help the [ Robinson Community Learning Center] in South Bend, IN. The founders won the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business top prize for social entrepreneurship - the McCloskey Social Venture Business Plan competition. They used the momentum to expand book drives beyond the Midwest. As of June 2008, the Campus Division of Better World Books works with students & bookstore managers to lead book drives at over 1,600 college and university campuses across North America; the Library Division works with over 900 libraries, collecting discards and unwanted donations.


Better World Books raises money for non-profit organizations. [ [ Better World Books - Impact ] ] The main charities Better World books donates to are
*Books for Africa– the largest shipper of donated books to the African continent – since 1988, shipped over 18 million books to 37 countries.
*Room to Read– supports the construction of schools, libraries & language labs, publishes local-language children’s books and funds long-term scholarships for young girls in South Asia & Africa
*National Center for Family Literacy– provides literacy materials and training to over 6,000 family literacy programs across the United States
*Worldfund in Latin America - supports high-quality education for impoverished children in Latin America.
* [ Robinson Community Learning Center] in South Bend, IN
* [ Prison Book Program] in Quincy, MA

Online Sales

Better World Books sells collected books through 17 online marketplaces, including, [ [ page] ] Ebay, [ [ page] ] and their own online e-commerce site,


External links

* [ Official Better World Books Site]
* [ NACS Article About Better World Books and BWB's Repsonse]
* [ Journal Posting Discussing BWB's Inventory Acquisition Methodology]
* [ Independent Online Booksellers Association Newsletter, Vol. VII, Nr. 2, Fall 2006, Megalister Discussion]
* [ New York Times; "New Ways to Do It Make Giving Away Books a Bit Less Painful"]

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