A few weeks back, running low on night time reading material, I decided to buy some books online. I went to the usual source, amazon.com, but then thought, maybe I should google around and see what other bookstores exist.

I soon discovered a great online store – Better World Books. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than two million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.

That sounds like something I could get behind. And looking at the website, they particularly push the idea of reuse as a first step to helping the environment. No problem – I ordered two books (the titles of which are for another blog article), second-hand.

The other great thing about the store is that they ship books “carbon neutral” by making you pay a little extra (very little extra) for carbon offsets. That is what everyone should be doing with online orders – no exception.

So I waited, and in no time the books arrived, nicely packed in a recycled cardboard box telling me to recycle. The books were in fantastic condition. But wait. There was more!

Inside the container was a bonus surprise. A chocolate bar. Not just any bar – a Fairtrade chocolate bar!

This was a little bonus for Valentine’s day apparently, with a little note inside wishing me a happy Valentine’s day.

As most people know, I love Chocolate. This book store was already a hit with me, and that was the icing on the cake.

And yes, the chocolate was very nice.

So, Better World Books. Highly recommended.

A better way to buy books online

2 thoughts on “A better way to buy books online

  • February 26, 2009 at 8:28 am


    What is Fairtrade?

    Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price)


    Criticism: Similar to other farm subsidies, fair trade attempts to set a price floor for a good that is in many cases above the market price and therefore encourages, as fair trade opponents claim, existing producers to produce more and new producers to enter the market, leading to excess supply.[5] Through the laws of supply and demand, excess supply can lead to lower prices in the non-Fair Trade market.

  • February 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Thank you Grant.

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