Books Donated


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Fighting for literacy

Doing good is at the heart of Better World Books, but our customers make it all possible. Here are some of the ways our customers enable Better World Books to make a difference one book at a time.

Better World Books Grants

Our Annual Literacy Grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects — the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education.  Libraries and educational nonprofit literacy groups can apply for funds to support their efforts to further literacy in their communities. We carefully review each application ahead of awarding grants to projects that will have the greatest impact. Grants from Better World Books are made possible by your purchases. Read the inspirational stories of all the Literacy Grants recipients around the world here.

Book for BookTM

It’s simple: Every time you purchase a book from BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need. The books we donate go through hundreds of non-profit organizations – you can see them on our Impact Map. In particular, Books for Africa and Feed the Children partner with us to take large numbers of donated books and get them to people who need them. Books donated as of June 2018: 26 million. You can learn more at the Book for Book page.

Every time you purchase a book from BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need.

Reducing Landfill

Better World Books brings new life to used books ensuring each book continues to make an impact. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we never, ever throw away a book. Any book we cannot find a proper home for is recycled.

  • We have re-used or recycled over 300 million books
  • We have reclaimed more than 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across the United States.

Carbon Offsets

Every order at BetterWorldBooks.com has the option to be shipped carbon balanced for just a few cents extra. So far, we have reached 87,000 tons of carbon offsets on BetterWorldBooks.com shipping.

Better World Books Cares

We believe in the power of knowledge.

So our goal is to help those who supply it and share it with those who crave it.

Which is why every action we take, and every book purchase you make helps fund it.

To learn more, visit CARES