Library Discards & Donations

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.

  1. Why should I use the Discards & Donations program for Libraries?
  2. What does the Discards & Donations for Libraries program cost?
  3. How does the payment system work?
  4. Who determines the merchantability of the books?
  5. No shipping costs? Really?
  6. What if state regulations prohibit the sale of materials?
  7. What is the Prescreen Tool? Is it required?
  8. If I work with you can I still run my local book sale
  9. About Updated Terms

Why should I use the Discards & Donations program for Libraries?

We get more “bang for the book” and we donate a book for each one sold. We upload and closely monitor your books on over 50 different channels, thus maximizing the chances of selling the 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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What does the Discards & Donations for Libraries program cost?

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.

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How does the payment system work?

Your library and literacy partner, when chosen, 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 a minimum of every calendar quarter assuming an account accrues a balance of $50 or more. Payments will roll over until the $50 mark is reached.

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Who determines the merchantability of the books?

We do (with your help). Partners follow our material guidelines to determine what to send or what to recycle locally. At the time they are received and processed, we assign the highest, most competitive value and regularly reprice based on current market conditions.

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No shipping costs? Really?

Yes. We take tremendous pride in being able to do this. Using RUFIS, you can login and easily schedule and ship UPS (6-39 boxes) or via freight (40 boxes). In either case, it is no cost to your library!

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What if state regulations prohibit the sale of materials?

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.

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What is the Prescreen Tool? Is it required?

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. Some libraries use the tool while others do not. Speak to an account representative to find out what works best for your library.

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If I work with you can I still run my local book sale?

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.

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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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