They call themselves the “On Line Bookstore with a Soul.” Better World Books believes that “most every book has lasting value and the potential to help change the world.” They find new homes for unwanted books.
Thus far, they’ve donated over 5 million books to partner programs around the world. Their primary literacy partners are Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, the National Center for Family Literacy, and Invisible Children.
There is a green ribbon across the top of the website for Better World Books that is a virtual ticker-tape for funds raised for literacy & libraries and books reused or recycled. I found myself mesmerized by the rapidly escalating numbers. In the few moments I watched the cents clinked up and the books recycled mounted up a few more.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love books and am a big reader. I watch Booknotes on CSpan on Weekends and the Arts and Books section is the first section I read in the LA Times. And yes, I am a big Amazon shopper and Kindle girl. So, I was surprised to stumble on Better World Books where your purchases are shipped free in the US, yep, free! and every purchase raises money for literacy. In the time that it takes you to read this blog approximately $2.50 will have been raised. Now, how cools is that?
In addition to selling new titles, Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 1,800 college campuses and partnerships with over 2,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 53 million books into over $8.6 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 26,000 tons of books from landfills.
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Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.
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