How to Donate Used Books

December 27, 2012 | By | Comments (5)

Four hardcover books

While home for the holidays this weekend, I tasked myself with cleaning out my childhood room. Instead of throwing out the slew of old books I discovered, I turned to Google to find out where I could donate them.

Enter Better World Books, an organization that collects used books and textbooks (even providing a free shipping label to streamline the process). The company then sells those books in it’s online marketplace. For every book sold, a book is donated to literacy projects around the world. Any collected books that can’t be sold are donated or recycled.

According to their website, Better World Books has converted more than 58 million books into over $10.4 million in funding for literacy and education and saved more than 40,000 tons of books from ending up in landfills.

Find more ways to give back.

COMMENTS

  1. AdultLit

    You can also donate books directly to a local literacy council or literacy center. I work at the Durham Literacy Center, which is a community-based nonprofit organization. We received more than 1,000 books from generous donors last year. Most of the books are now in our lending library, where our adult students can check them out for themselves and for their children. We also give some of the books to families working toward increased literacy. Every donated book makes a difference! You can find a local literacy program in your area on the ProLiteracy website. They offer a locator in their top menu – ‘Find a Program.’

    December 27, 2012 at 11:17 am
  2. Julie

    This is a great idea. I’ll definitely use them next time I clean out my bookshelf.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  3. Helen

    Donating books is very simple and you can keep it local – libraries can sell them at their book sale to raise money, thrift stores accept them & people on a budget can purchase affordable books there, and senior citizen’s centers or women’s shelters can use them too. Not rocket science.

    December 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm
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