Thursday, December 9, 2010
Better World Books: a good place to buy if you feel very guilty about something
Better World Books collects and sells books online with each sale generating funds for literary initiatives. around the world.
The company says it "balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on 1,800 college campuses, and by collecting discards from over 2,000 libraries nationwide."
"Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $7.6 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners; donated over 1.5 million college textbooks; diverted more than 32 million pounds of books from landfills; achieved over 9,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping, and created more than 200 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits."
All that sounds wonderful, of course. However, if you buy a book from them with the intention of doing a good deed, you may grossly overpay.
For example, my new Get the Most out of a Self-Publishing Company: Make a Bettter Deal. Make a Better book has a cover price of $17.95. If you want to help make the world a better place, you can buy it through Better World Books for $124.99.