Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are ones we get all the time about the Reuse First for Booksellers 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.

  1. Why should we participate in the Reuse First program?
  2. What types of books are accepted?
  3. How much space will I need to store the books?
  4. Are books ever thrown away?
  5. About updated Terms

Why should we participate in the Reuse First program?

We pay you and your chosen literacy partner for books that you no longer want and you don't pay a dime. Keep books out of landfills and put money in your pocket and in the pocket of great groups such as these. It's just that simple.

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What types of books are accepted?

We have prepared a list of material guidelines to follow to help you determine what to send us and what to recycle locally. If you are interested in getting the highest acceptance rate possible, ask a representative about our Prescreen tool.

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How much space will I need to store the books?

We take tremendous pride in our shipping and logistics options. We have very low minimum shipment requirements and will work with you to individually address your specific storage capacities and shipping needs.

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Are books ever thrown away?

NEVER. We determine where the books will be best used. Either we'll sell them to raise money, donate the book directly to one of our nonprofit literacy partners or we'll recycle it. Check out what we've done so far.

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About Updated Terms

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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