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Quarterly Newsletter
Fall 2006
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Dear Library,

Welcome to the first Better World Books Library Discards & Donations Program newsletter! In this issue, you will learn about program updates, upcoming events, noteworthy announcements, helpful articles, and various other information.

Important Program Updates
 
Library Discards & Donations Program

UPS Shipping - For libraries utilizing our UPS Web Portal, the minimum shipment has increased from 5 boxes to 6 boxes. Do you have a shipping question or need to order additional supplies? Please email logistics@betterworldbooks.com or call 800-894-0242 ext 9201.

Acceptance Guidelines - We have added new items to our acceptance guidelines; we no longer accept LP Records, Book Club Editions, Custom Course Packets, Time Life Series Books, and Marquis Who's Who. If you have any questions, please email library@betterworldbooks.com or call us at 800-894-0242 ext 9500.


This Quarter
 
Alibris

We are excited to announce a new partnership with one of our online marketplaces, Alibris. Your library now has the option to receive Alibris Store Credit in lieu of a quarterly commission check!

The money generated from our program can remain in your acquisitions budget to shop for over 60 million used, new, and out-of-print books at Alibris. For more information on this exciting new option, please email Library@betterworldbooks.com.


Better World Books By the Numbers
 
Library Stats

  • # of participating libraries: over 500
  • Shelving reclaimed from libraries: 560,000 pounds
  • Library books received YTD: Over 1.5 Million
  • Q2 highest price book sold: $15,000 (set)
  • Books saved from landfills: over 5 million pounds


Noteworthy
 
Helping Rebuild New Orleans Public Library

During the volunteer days (ALA New Orleans), workers at the Algiers Regional Branch sorted through thousand of books that have been donated to New Orleans Public Library from across the country for addition to the library’s collection, distribution to local community groups, and resale. In an effort to alleviate the large quantities of donations NOPL has received since Hurricane Katrina, over 60 ALA volunteers spent two eight-hour days sorting and packing books at the Algiers branch. Better World Books is actively selling these books in order to help Rebuild NOPL.


Testimonials
 
A few words from some happy librarians!

"At Grasselli Library of John Carroll University, we used to have a huge book sale every summer over alumni weekend. It took space to store the books all year and staff time to put them out and to work the sale. Since we began sending our extras and discards to Better World Books our lives are simpler. We accumulate only enough books for a shipment, pack them in supplied boxes, and send them off. We have freed space and staff time with this solution!"
--Ruth Connell
Grasselli Library, John Carroll University


"Your service has taken care of a great need here; we are in the midst of a heavy weed of our collection, and it's a great relief not to have to cart boxes of books down the steep basement stairs for storage - and then back up again for sale!"
--Nancy Ashmore
Director, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library


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Other Better World Books Announcements
 
Library Shelving Needed!

Due to the tremendous growth of Better World Books, we are actively expanding our warehouse capacity. To date, Better World Books has reclaimed 560,000 pounds of shelving from libraries across the country. If your library has large quantities of surplus shelving, please email us at Library@betterworldbooks.com. Thanks!



We hope you enjoyed our first newsletter! Please feel free to forward this to any of your colleagues interested in learning more about the Better World Books Library Discards & Donations Program.

Best regards,


Library Team
Better World Books

Phone: 800.894.0242 ext 9500
Fax: 770.521.4436

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