The following questions are ones we get all the time about the Reuse First for Libraries program. For more information on Better World Books the business, check out our Infrequently Asked Questions. Also, if you don't see your question here feel free to email us.
We get more “bang for your book” and we donate a percentage of net sales to one of our nonprofit literacy partners. We upload and closely monitor your books across 53 different channels, thus maximizing the chances of selling your books at the best price. Leave the book selling to us and you’ll have more time to spend around the library, in the community or at home.
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Nothing! We often hear that our program is “too good to be true.” There are no service agreements (unless requested), sign-up fees, monthly fees or one-time fees. We understand the budget constraints many libraries across the nation are facing and as a result charge you nothing.
Your library and literacy partner will earn a percentage of net sales. (Net sales are defined as the sale price of the book minus any marketplace commissions. For example, a book sold on Amazon.com for $100.00 would have a net sale price of $85.00 after their 15% marketplace commission). Payments are made every calendar quarter assuming an account accrues a minimum of $50 in commission payable. Commissions will roll over until the $50 mark is reached.
We do (with your help). Anything that you would be unhappy receiving as a customer, we ask that you not send. If you can handle that, be confident that we are doing our best to sell the most books at the best prices.
Yes. We take tremendous pride in being able to do this. We also have a dedicated Support Acquisitions Team to help you choose the best shipping method for your library. Using RUFIS, you can login and easily set up our free shipping. For our large volume customers we use a freight company and for smaller shipments UPS picks up the boxes at your location. In either case, it is no cost to your library!
Better World Books understands that many states have regulations regarding the sale of discarded books but even in those states we may very well still be able to work with your library. Contact us to discover your options.
The Prescreen Tool, which can be found in RUFIS, allows you to check whether or not your books are sellable on the online marketplace. It is as easy as scanning the ISBN bar code on a book and reading the screen. However, we no longer require library partners to prescreen books before sending them to us.
Of course you can. Books declined by our Prescreen Tool are usually great for local book sales. This is a great way to get the best value from your discarded and donated materials.
Better World Books has modified its terms to explain its business model better. On occasion there has been some confusion about the role Better World Books plays in acquiring books and creating a market for them (or donating them to worthy recipients in line with our social mission). We now are trying to do a better job explaining ourselves. This should be clear: when Better World Books acquires books, it takes ownership of them ("title" to them, in legal terminology) and then resells them to the public or donates them to charitable organizations. When it resells the books or donates them, ownership passes from Better World Books to the buyer or the recipient. We know that there have been some inconsistent references on our website, for example that ownership of a book remained with the supplier or donor of a book until we found a buyer or recipient. We are now going through our website to revise it and eliminate any confusion over this issue. If you encounter those inconsistent statements, please remember that they are outdated: that this announcement regarding Better World Books' ownership of and title to the books supersedes any inconsistent provisions on the website. Better World Books appreciates your patience while it is updating its website.
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