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.
Right off the bat, as a customer of Better World Books, you'd enjoy shopping from a library that has about eight million new and used titles. They offer at least 35 different categories to search in too. Not only is it nice to have the option for both new and used books; they also have titles in a variety of formats, including printed books (paperback and hardback), audiobooks, and ebooks. For anyone interested, there are also MP3 CDs and DVDs.
That's just the beginning of what this company provides. The following features set apart Better World Books from many of its competitors:
With an extensive selection, free shipping, and flexible returns, what more could a customer want? Well, depending on the customer, there are a few features that Better World Books doesn't have that could turn into deal breakers. Even though the company has much to offer, they don't provide every customer-friendly option out there.
The shipment took quite a bit of time so I was late with my gift, however it still turned out just right!
I bought a book that was described as a First Edition. It was not. In fact, it was the 11th printing. Very disappointing. It was supposed to be a gift for my nephew. I already had a copy so now it's going to Goodwill.
I recently (late Jan 2019) ordered a specific title, third edition from Better World Books. Getting the third edition of this title was important to me, so I intentionally selected the BWB listing that indicated it was the third edition. The book I received, however, was the second edition. When I contacted BWB, they confirmed that I had been shipped the correct SKU /ISBN for the book listed. But, the listing was incorrect - it was a second edition, not the third. BWB's response, essentially, was "stinks to be you". They were "sorry I was disappointed" but not sorry for their error. They offered to refund my money, if *I* paid to return the book. I was not about to pay to return their mistake.
I heartily recommend Better World Books. I am very pleased with Better World Books. Very good selection, books are indeed in the condition described when ordering them, and very good low prices. I have only had minor issues with 1 or 2 orders, and upon contacting them, the problems were quickly taken care of, refunds issued, etc. Very interested in the company's various sustainability initiatives as well...... Highly recommend this company based on my many book ordering experiences with them thus far.
I ordered and paid for book from this company. Months later it still hadn't arrived (I assumed they'd sent it sea mail). When I contacted them, they told me - basically - "tough" and they weren't going to do anything about it. They did wish " have a nice day" however, so their email reply wasn't a complete waste of time. Order number 142212712
I REALLY like this company and have ordered dozens of books over the last 4 or 5 years. Orders have never been incorrect and are received in a timely manner, depending on where they're shipped from, of course. I haven't been disappointed in any way and feel good about my purchases being matched and shared by communities in need. Great job BWB!! I find it quite disturbing to hear about ANY supposed viruses associated with this company...
Ruth S. Gazzola
I am not a fan of the new look of your new website. I have purchased from BWB for many years; guess I don't like change. Despite this, I will continue to purchase from BWB because it is a great way to buy a book at a reasonable price. Only once I have been disappointed in the book I purchased, a little rumpled pocket book, which is hard for me to read. Also like the idea of supporting efforts for literacy.
Books are easily accessed through the Search feature. Condition of books are clearly indicated.
This is my 3rd order from Better World Books and again 'perfect in every way'! This is such an easy site to navigate and order from. Thanks guys😊
I got all the stuff I bought in the conditions I approved of. So, thank you! I love your service!
I have been buying books from Better World Books for nearly a decade now, and have always had a very positive experience. I have purchased numerous books, way too many to count, and they have all arrived here in Australia without drama. I'm a very happy long term customer.
As always, book arrives in excellent condition exactly as described.
Always buy from Better World! Well loved books at great prices!
Book delivered thanku. Was happy with book quality
Kerry M Kelly
Great choices. Fast service. Like that I am helping others with my book purchases
Great selection, purchases always received in "better than listed" condition and super fast delivery using standard/free shipping. Love that BWB supports literacy projects! And saves wonderful library books offering them a second life in private collections. BWB does not disappoint. Buy with confidence.
Susan m Jones
very good the web page brings you back to the beginning every time you buy a book which wastes a lot of time everything else including people a great and your program to help people around the world is great thanks rate A-
Peter del Strother
Book was delivered promptly. Book was in at least as good condition as was advertised.
Great prices and sales, good service, good selection.
I love Better World Books! The ever-changing collection is fantastic and the service superb! I love that some of my money goes to support literacy programs! Prices are amazing. One of the special treats for me is to see that many of the books are from library collections. It's fun to see what libraries they come from! As a retired librarian, I'm thrilled that these books can be repurposed instead of ending up in a landfill somewhere.
Simply the best site to buy used books. Great selection of books and unbeatable prices. Books are in good used condition.
BWB is a great place to get good quality books for a reduced price! You help the earth and your pocketbook!
Not always able to find books..probably too new one but prices are great for ones we find.
TWO books ordered so far and received exactly as advertised in good time. So five stars as far as I'm concerned.
This is my second time ordering and I love it. Quick delivery. First time order was split in 2, but it all came. I have told many people about this inexpensive place to get books. Love love
The books arrived and in good condition. I was very pleased with the new additions to our school library.
Great response used multiple purchase for my book club
I’m a teacher and they have great books at a low price!!!
Cheryl M Miller
Always check Better World Books first. It always seems they have what your looking for. In this case it was exactly what I need and at a great price. And it helps people. Thanks for being there for us.
What an amazing company! Oh betterworldbooks! What did I do before I found you? Probably bought new books from bookshops I suppose. And occasionally from used bookshops. I love that my purchases from betterworldbooks is helping world literacy! On the billing front, I have recieved exemplary service, as I would expect from a well established website. Deliveries are slow, but always a lovely surprise when they turn up!
Prompt service. Pleased with the condition of the books.
Sister Diadema Morrison
Very happy with books I have ordered! I love the cheap prices and the quality has been all that I need.
Always great books for a modest price. They do good works, which contributes to my decision to buy from BWB. My orders are always shipped quickly. Thanks for a great website, wonderful books and fast, professional customer care.
I would really appreciate it if I let known when a book is a library binding. Some of them are listed, so I thought I would be safe ordering ones that didn’t state that they were ex library books, yet half od the ones I got in this order were ex library books.
I received the book in a timely manner and in great condition!! Thank you so much.
Fast and happy with the quality, would definitely use again. Search was easy for my books.
Superb service I try to buy all my books here.
I have ordered books twice and have been extremely satisfied with the quality of the books and the service which have been provided by Better World Books. I intend, God willing, to be buying books in the future anytime I could find titles which might be difficult to find.
Good source for reasonable selection and price,and for a good cause.will continue to browse often.
Mary Van Straten
I seem to always find the books I want . and they're always in great condition and they're delivered fast. love Better World Books.
I have gotten books from here 2 times now and have been very happy with both deliveries.
Good books at a great price, fast and easy delivery
I love that shipping is included and affordable and that my purchases help a good cause.
One of the biggest textbook and scientific book collection on the market. Fast shipping time. Great prices with free international shipping. Simply one of the top 3 book sellers worldwide. Excellent Quality and service. Totally recommended!
The best place to buy books. Great selection and prices with the convenience of a "Wish List". It's fun to just "browse" - I always find books to buy!
Better World Books provides used books at a resonable price. I have made several orders and have been very satisfied. Their customer service is also very polite and efficient.
Janet M Newman
Used book in excellent condition. lowest price I could find. Arrived promply
Always great selection at great prices. The books arrived timely, in excellent condition. I love Better World Books!
I ordered and received my books in a sufficient amount of time. Will use this company again.
I love this company. Always fast, reliable service and great quality used books.