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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A BookSeller Gives Back! What a Novel Idea for the Holidays!

This is a bookstore now dear to my heart.  Better World Books!  Read on and learn how you can be Santa every day by just buying something you already buy.  A book!

On my way home from work today, I stopped to get some gas, and as I was walking inside to get a Coke Zero (next to iced tea, I like a cold Coke Zero now and then), when I saw this and it stopped me in my tracks, so I snapped a few pics with my cellphone camera.

What was this green bin?  It was a book donation bin, yet on the other side, it said you could buy books at their web address?

After coming home, I researched this company, and am convinced this is one awesome book seller!  Better World Books accepts donations of your used books, resells them, and uses a portion of the profits to fund literacy programs around the world (and maybe some in your own neighborhood).  Here's a few of the wonderful organizations they support:

  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • Books for Africa
  • Invisible Children
  • Room to Read
  • Worldfund
  • Open Books
  • The Robinson Bend Community Center
  • The Prison Book Program

This wonderful company has started a campaign called Book for Book, which is truly amazing!  If you buy a book from Better World Books, they in turn, donate a book to someone in need.  What a beautiful message for the holiday season.  Give the gift of reading, and check this company out.  

By the way, they sell both new and used books!

Give those you love the gift of reading and literacy.  It can change the world!


Kevin said...

Thanks for the shout out to BWB and Open Books!

If you ever find yourself in Chicago, stop by the Open Books store and see what we do! (You can also support literacy by buying directly from us online)

Happy Holidays!

Masako Moonshade said...

That's absolutely amazing. I saw the bins all over my campus, but I'd always assumed it was just for textbooks. Thanks for the intel!

Terri Bruce said...

OMG, I've never heard of these people before this -! Must find green bin near me - I have SO many used books I'm trying to get rid of and since Goodreads stopped it's book swap, I've been stuck on what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this!

Joey Francisco said...

@Kevin: Thanks so much for coming over here! Fwiw, I plan to do a few contests and will giveaway gift cards to BWB (and try to give something from your store too!) So expect me to buy giftcards in near future. Thanks for giving back to the kids of Chicago.

Whenever we do find our way to the Windy City, be sure I'll stop in and say hello. Merry Christmas, and know you're playing Santa every day!

@Masako Moonshade: Yes we both know what those mysterious green boxes are for now! So glad to see another friend from AQC here! Wish you a wonderful holiday season:

@Terri Bruce: Hello to another AQC buddy! I think it's wonderful you will be able to play Santa all year long, and will donate your books to such a wonderful cause!

I am a firm believer in the old saying, "Teach a man to fish, and he feeds himself for a lifetime". When you give the gift of literacy and encourage a healthy outlook and desire for reading, a life will change.

Giving someone that gift, will open up opportunities for them throughout their entire life, and imho, can break the cycle of poverty. Let's change the world with but one book at a time.