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.
The stats for Better World Books speak for themselves:
- They have raised $20,850,000 and counting for libraries and efforts to improve literacy.
- They have donated 16,070,000 books and counting (every time someone purchases a book from them, they donate a book).
- Roughly 187,069,000 books and counting have been recycled through them.
It’s pretty amazing to see the direct growth of these statistics on the company’s website. For each of these statistics, they have an ongoing count.
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.