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The literacy mission at Better World Books isn't something that's tacked on — it's always been part of our DNA. Starting August 15, 2011, we are making an additional commitment to a simple system: You buy, we donate - Book for BookTM.
Every time you buy a book at BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need.
That's it! No qualifications, no exceptions, no fine print. We want to make doing good as easy as possible for our outrageously passionate community. Fortunately for our hard-working shipping teams, that extra good karma doesn't take up any extra space.
The partners we donate to are Books for Africa, one of our longtime non-profit literacy partners, and Feed the Children, who have been champions in finding new homes for books.
Let's be clear, though. We're not patting ourselves on the back... this is your good deed. Books can only be donated because you support it through your purchases. So congratulations, and above all, THANK YOU.
That's not all. Your purchase also helps support many other initiatives. Learn how
Is this worldwide?
Yes. No matter where you are in the world, your purchase counts towards the books we will donate! If you are in Europe, you may also like to shop www.betterworldbooks.co.uk.
Where do the books come from?
Our books come from a variety of sources such as public and academic libraries, community and college book drives and even individuals who send in their books or drop them in a BWB Drop Box. Often, we already have more copies of a book than we can sell. When that happens, we will take those books that are in good condition and donate them to partner organizations.
Where do the books go?
We will donate books to those in need through Feed the Children and Books for Africa.
Feed the Children is a large, successful US and International charity. Their mission is to "Provide hope and resources for those without life's essentials." In 2010, they distributed 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. Better World Books has helped Feed the Children fill their donation backpacks with over 2 million children's books and we are excited to expand the efforts. You can learn more about Feed the Children here.
Books for Africa is a simple name for an organization with a simple mission. BFA collects, sorts, ships and distributes books to children in Africa. The goal: to end the book famine in Africa. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 20 million books. Better World Books has long been and remains the largest single donor to Books For Africa and our largest source of university level books for shipment to Africa. Learn more here.
In the UK, we donate books to READ International.
Will Better World Books still support literacy through cash donations?
Absolutely! Our commitment to Book for Book is in addition to the funding we already raise for our non-profit literacy partners with every book sold.
Don't you already donate books?
Yes, we do. We have been donating books to our partner organizations for many years behind the scenes. Now, we are making a new commitment to match sales with donations - book for book - giving you, our loyal friends and fans, a chance to participate. We will donate one book for every single book you purchase on www.BetterWorldBooks.com or www.BetterWorldBooks.co.uk.
Are there other ways I can help?
Thank you for asking! In addition to purchasing books you can donate your used books to one of our Drop Boxes or by sending them to us. It also makes a big difference when you tell your reader friends about us, because literacy could always use more friends.
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