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Better World Books started with three Notre Dame students who began selling their textbooks for a profit. What may have started small, however, definitely isn’t small anymore. Since its founding in 2002, this company has made a large impact. Although the founders initially sold textbooks for a profit, profits aren’t necessarily the main goal for Better World Books now. In fact, their ultimate goal is to improve literacy around the world. So far, the company has converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process they have also saved 250 million books from landfills. Better World Books has also partnered with 3,100 libraries and 8,100 college campuses around the US. But they are more than a factory for donating books and money toward literacy; they are of course an online bookstore as well. All books ship worldwide for free, and every order shipped is carbon balanced with certified offsets, making this company also environmentally friendly.
Barnes & Noble is one of the oldest bookstores in America; the store that would later become the first Barnes & Noble was opened in 1886. Barnes & Noble rose to success during the golden age of bookstores - which, yes, was also the age before ereaders existed. To its credit, in addition to its robust online bookstore, Barnes & Noble is one of the only major US retail booksellers with brick-and-mortar locations still standing (at about one-third the size of Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million is a very distant second).
This online shopping powerhouse has staked its claim on a large portion of the book market for a reason: our review research found Amazon to offer the largest selection of books, combined with the lowest prices, of all the online bookstores we reviewed.
The Book Depository is based out of the United Kingdom but delivers books to customers around the world. Their headquarters are in Slough, UK, and they ship all of their books out of their office in Gloucester. Founded in 2004, this company has more than one million customers worldwide. They are a rapidly growing business.
Ultimately, the goal for the Book Depository is to make as many books as possible available to everyone. This is summed up by their slogan, “All books available to all.” Even for titles that are more difficult to find, they try their best to locate them for customers. For titles that aren’t necessarily available on their own site, they provide links to AbeBooks, an organization that specializes in providing books that are rare or hard to find. AbeBooks itself has titles from more than 13,500 sellers.
It’s obvious, then, that the Book Depository truly cares about giving people around the world access to whatever book they are trying to find.
Thrift Books is an online bookstore, yes, but it also stands out as an advocate for literacy and resourcefulness.
Founded in 2003, the company offers a library of seven million books. Primarily, they offer used books, but their inventory also includes audio CDs, cards, and maps. Even their used books expand beyond just paperbacks and hardcovers; on their site you can search from a long list of formats, including options like board books and spiral-bound books. They sell all of them for a great price.
Their motto? “Read more, spend less.” Since their start, they have salvaged millions of pounds of books yearly. Truly, they are passionate about their cause.
Based in Kirkland, Washington, this company strives to please the customer, but even more so, they strive to promote reading and make the most of every book.
Books-a-Million was founded in 1917 and began selling books online in 1998. It's one of the few remaining major US booksellers that still has brick-and-mortar locations.
Bookbyte was founded back in 1999. With more than a decade and a half of experience in the online book industry, they are well established and have a solid reputation. What started as an incredibly small company around the turn of the century has grown into a large business devoted to helping students everywhere.
Based out of Salem, Oregon, Bookbyte focuses on textbooks. Whether you’re looking to rent, sell, or buy a textbook, they are an excellent option. They offer thousands of titles and 28 categories of books. As is evident on their company website, Bookbyte truly has the aim to help students maximize from their textbook experience. They offer information about prime times to sell your books back, how to tell what your textbook would be worth, and more.
Aside from helping students find affordable options, they also work with the Rotary Books around the World organization to build literacy in South Africa, Thailand, Belize, and Uganda. Indeed, Bookbyte is not only well established; they have appealing motives.
Valore Books was founded back in 2005. With a decade of experience in this industry, the company is based out of Boston, Massachusetts, and takes a slightly different approach from many of the competing online bookstores.
This company’s website is a hub where you can rent, buy, and sell books (including textbooks). Essentially, though, the company is the middle man between thousands of book sellers and their customers. Rather than shipping books to customers themselves, Valore Books relies on its network of sellers to provide the books. Customers can search through the company’s website to find several different options for the book they’re searching for.
With a claim to millions of products and over 50 different book categories, Valore Books has much to offer. Through them, you can find books in a variety of formats—print, ebooks, and audiobooks in particular. Depending on customer preference, the way Valore Books does business might be a good fit for many different book lovers.