Better World Books
BookMarks Library Newsletter - Winter 2010
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Most of you work with us by sending your unwanted books through our Better World Books for Libraries, or Library Discards & Donations Program, but did you know that you can also use us as a source of books?

Most of the time, we hear the concern that used books won't make last on the library shelves, but here's some info that may be helpful.  We grade our books based on these guidelines.

Anything in good condition or better is typical of what we find on shelves in our libraries every day and we have thousands of those available at

In addition, we offer free shipping and a 100% satisfaction guarantee -- even if you end up not wanting the book, we'll gladly take it back for a full refund of the purchase price of the book.  Every book you purchase generates funding for literacy programs and, of course, billing and payment arrangements are possible.  Finally, we have world class customer service: you can phone us directly 800-894-0242 x 750 or email   

Thousands of libraries are already ordering from us, so come by to see the selection and join in on the savings!

Last Quarter Highlights

Top 5 Sales Last Quarter:
The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer. To Which are Added an Essay on His Language and Versification, and an Introductory Discourse Together with Notes and a Glossary, Two volumes
Chaucer, Ed. Thomas Tyrwhitt
Sainte Bible de Vence, en Latin et en Francais, Tomes I-II, IV-XXVII Plus Appendice (27 of 28 Volumes)
Augustin Calmet; Henri Francois de Vence
Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment (2 Volume Set)
J. Donald M. Gass MD
The universal decimal classification;: The history, present status, and future prospects of a large general classification scheme
A. C Foskett
Cormac McCarthy

Top 5 Sales of Last Quarter: Third Party Marketplaces
The View from the Road
Donald Appleyard, Kevin Lynch, John R. Myer
Patients' Views of Medical Practice: A Study of Subscribers to a Prepaid Medical Plan in the Bronx (Midway Reprint)
Eliot Freidson
Art and Revolution in Modern China: The Lingnan (Cantonese) School of Painting, 1906-1951 (Cantonese School of Painting)
Ralph Croizier
Carpenter's Human Neuroanatomy
Andre Parent, Malcolm B. Carpenter
Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment
Paul R. Ehrlich

Top 5 Sales of Last Quarter: ARC
A Journal of the Voyage to the South Seas in his Majesty's Ship, The Endeavor
Parkinson, Sydney
Promptuarium artis argentariae : ex quo, centum exquisito studio inventis, delineatis, ac in aere incisis tabulis propositis, elegantissimae, ac innumerae educi possunt novissimae ideae ... / opus ... invenit, ac delineavit Joannes Giardini ac in duas par
Giardini, Giovanni
Livre d'Or de la Noblesse de France
Nicolas, Sir Nicholas Harris
The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer. To Which are Added an Essay on His Language and Versification, and an Introductory Discourse Together with Notes and a Glossary, Two volumes
Chaucer, Ed. Thomas Tyrwhitt
A Harmonie Upon the Three Evangelists, Matthew, Mark and Luke, with the Commentarie of M. John Calvin
John Calvin [Trans. E.P.]

Top 5 Sales of Last Quarter: eBay
Memoires anecdotes pour servir a l'histoire - 41 Books
Works of John Selden - Three Volumes/Six Books
Costuma di Roma 1809
Mad Magazines Large Lot
41 Chinese Martial Arts Books

ARC Corner
Little Journeys
It is our privilege to examine books from a wide spectrum of time, and we harbor a special affinity for the actual art and design of the book. Recently, we came across a set of small octavo booklets in brown paper wraps, printed by the turn-of-the-century printer Elbert Hubbard. Hubbard's printshop and publishing house was referred to as The Roycrofters, and took inspiration from the Arts & Crafts movement initiated by William Morris of the Kelmscott Press.

RoycroftersReviewing this particular group of items by Hubbard chronologically, you can see the evolution of his artistry: from a clean late-Victorian style to the more intricate Arts and Crafts look. Hubbard himself was an excellent salesman and a tireless promoter, evidenced by a signed letter from him which was included in this set.

The watermark on his stationary is a self-portrait, which can be seen when held to the light. The set is an excellent example of how typography, layout, color, and paper styles can evolve in even a small amount of time, and how all of these things affect one's reading experience.

- Tara Gilchrist
What We're Reading

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Reviewed by Becky Sansone

Loving FrankAfter writing a research paper on Frank Lloyd Wright in college, studying him in class and visiting his Dana Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois- I have always been left wanting to learn more.  I originally heard about the book Loving Frank from a friend reading it for her book club. As soon as I found out it was about Wright I knew I had to give it a try. 

A work of historical fiction, Nancy Horan's Loving Frank tells the story of the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney.  Written through the eyes of Mamah, Loving Frank blends historical facts of the time and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright with the narrative of Mamah and her struggle to choose from her family and children, her true love in Frank, her calling to the women's rights movement, or what society deems proper for an early 20th century American woman.  Culminating with a shock, the gracefully written story of Mamah and her famous lover Wright is a must read (even for those who don't already love Frank).

Buy Loving Frank new or used at - Enjoy!

Meet the Team

Roselle AgnerHi I'm Roselle Agner and I've been with Better World Books since 2007.  It's been great seeing how much our team and clients have grown in the short time I've been here.  It's especially exciting to see our social and environmental impact continue to grow with the support of great people such as yourself. 

I'm a believer that every person you meet leaves an impression on you.  I hope the impression I leave is one of support.  If I don't have an answer for you then I'll make sure to find someone who does. 

Outside of work I love to cook and try different kinds of food.  My favorite day consists waking up to a nice cup of coffee, grocery shopping at a farmer's market, and cooking a delicious meal to share with family and friends.  So if you're ever in the Atlanta area let me know and I'll make sure to have some delicious treats waiting for you.

Say hi to Roselle at!

Library Spotlight

Here's a note from a library that has been using our program:

San Diego County Library"Better World Books has been a great partner in handling the volume of discards our library system has had over the past year as we prepared for and implemented RFID tagging. The money we earn from our online sales goes back into our book budget, allowing our old books to provide us with fresh new items for our customers. Our partnership has allowed us to get the best bang for the buck with less staff involvement and helps staff feel better about weeding knowing that books are going to a new home."

Robin Isicson
San Diego County Library

If you would like to leave us a note with a chance to be featured in our next newsletter, email and tell us about your experience with the Better World Books for Libraries program!
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We hope you enjoyed this installment of our newsletter.  We encourage you to forward this newsletter to any of your colleagues that may be interested in learning more about the Better World Books for Libraries.  Also, remember to shop at for all your book purchases.  Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the next installment of BookMarks!

Best regards,

Better World Books Library Team

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