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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Better Way of Buying Books

Following on from a previous post about how we're not in the new-book-selling business at The Short Review, here's the ideal solution: Better World Books.
We love literacy programs like Room to Read, Books for Africa , Worldfund, National Center for Family Literacy , and our 70 other literacy partners. They provide the building blocks for children and families to learn, grow, and share in the vast collection of human knowledge committed to paper. It just makes sense that a bookstore ought to generate funding for these programs. BetterWorld.com does that with every book we sell.
Better World Books has been called the "Eco Amazon": what they do is simple. They accept books from libraries and then they sell them online, shipping them anywhere in the world. " So far, we've kept over 5 million pounds of books out of landfills," says BWB. They also have a Carbon Neutral shopping cart: "We collect a few cents from every customer at checkout. The proceeds from this carbon offset are enough to purchase renewable energy credits and support reforestation. We not only offset our shipping, but also the shipping of our literacy partners. And since we sell a lot of books, that is enough to keep tons of carbon out of the atmosphere."

What more could you ask for? Their online shop is here.
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1 comment:

Women Rule Writer said...

Oh hear hear! I feel such joy in my whole body when I read something new, different, and yes, even the dreaded 'quirky'. These types of stories beat the shit out of the boring Trevoresque dirges we are told to believe are 'great'. I love Etgar K - his stuff is hilarious and moving and memorable. You never feel you have heard it all before.

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