Breaking New Ground

We were founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who started a text book drive for the Robinson Community Learning Center (pictured right) and ended up forming a pioneering social enterprise — a business with a mission to promote literacy.

We’re not a traditional company with an add-on “cause” component. Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of our business. You could say it’s in our DNA.

A Social Mission

Books sold on help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world. That’s why we commit to matching every purchase on our website with a book donation to someone in need – Book for Book

Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and partnerships with over 3,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 117 million books into over $15 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, we’ve also diverted more than 73,000 tons of books from landfills.

We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights.

Thoughtful Partnerships

We believe that most every book has lasting value and the potential to help change the world, we see our job as helping to find new homes for unwanted books. Thus far, we’ve donated over 10 million books to partner programs around the world. Better World Books works with passionate nonprofit partners to provide better lives and a chance for economic, social and political freedom through literacy.

The following are our major US and UK nonprofit literacy partners: Books for Africa (US), Room to Read (US & UK)the National Center for Families Learning (US), National Literacy Trust (UK), READ International (UK), NALA (UK), Scottish Book Trust (UK). Good company, no doubt.

Past, Present & Future

Better World Books seeks to remain an innovative company eager to grow and better the world.

  • 2002: Founded by three Notre Dame Students
  • 2008: Became a founding B-Corporation
  • 2008: Opened UK distribution center in Dumferline Scotland
  • 2015: Opened third distribution center in Reno, NV

The Difference you Make

Every book purchased from Better World Books contributes to individual literacy throughout the world and the potential for a better life. Clearly, we can’t do this work without our customers. That’s why we’re so passionate about trying to offer the best price, selection, customer service, and overall shopping experience.

To date, we have raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and provided wonderful books to millions of readers worldwide. The rest of the story is still being written. We invite you to join us on our journey. It’s only going to get better.

Thanks for joining us in our mission to create a better world, one book at a time.