About Better World Books
Better World Books is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than eight million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Since its founding in 2003, the company has raised over $23 million for its nonprofit literacy and library partners; diverted more than 250 thousand tons of books from landfills; achieved 45,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping, and created more than 300 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.
Better World Books diverts books from landfills by collecting material from libraries, bookstores, college campuses through the community and in other areas where surplus materials exist. It then sells those used books and contributes a portion of the revenue on each sale to support literacy, libraries and education. Books that cannot be sold are frequently donated to at risk communities in the U.S.
Better World Books is a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world. Learn more.
Better World Books works with passionate nonprofit partners to provide better lives and a chance for economic, social and political freedom through literacy. Learn more
Drop Box Program
Two billion pounds of books each year are sent to landfills. Our Drop Box program addresses the environmental impact while also building advocacy around education and book donations. The free program helps raise funds for libraries and education, supports literacy efforts locally and globally. One parking spot can help change the world. To date we have over 1,000 Drop Box locations and counting. Learn more.
Book for Book Program
Every time you buy a book at BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need. That’s it! No qualifications, no exceptions, no fine print. We want to make doing good as easy as possible for our outrageously passionate community. Learn more.
Better World Books cares
We believe in the power of knowledge. So our goal is to help those who supply it and share it with those who crave it.Which is why every action we take, and every book purchase you make helps fund it. Learn more.
Better World Books’ Impact
Since its founding in 2003, the company has:
- Raised $20+ million for its non-profit literacy partners including
- $9.4 million for over 80 literacy and education nonprofits
- $12 million for libraries and thrift stores nationwide
- Donated over 6 million college textbooks, primarily to schools in Africa through Books for Africa.
- Established a relationship with Feed the Children in October 2009 to send them children’s books. The first shipment of 31,910 books went out 10/7/2009.
- Diverted more than 250 thousand tons of books from landfills.
- Achieved over 45,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping.
- Created more than 300 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.
- $2.9+ million for Books for Africa.
- $795,000+ for Room to Read.
- $1.4+ Million for the National Center for Families Learning.
- $485,000+ for Worldfund.
- $205,000+ for the Robinson Community Learning Center.
- $80,000+ for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
- $3.6+ million for additional literacy partners.
See our global impact. Donations and grants made around the world.
Mike acted as as Senior Vice President of Operations for one year before becoming CEO of Better World Books. He came to the company from SVI where he was Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining SVI, he was V.P. Supply Chain for Klipsch Group, Inc. Mike served as the driving force in establishing and maintaining a world-class global supply chain for Klipsch. He is skilled in identifying areas to optimize costs, improve accuracy and increase productivity. While at Klipsch, Mike was part of a select group of employees responsible for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Klipsch, Mike was Operations Manager for a Tier 1 automotive components supplier where he gained experience in Six Sigma and Lean processes. Mike holds a BS in Management from Indiana University.
Vice President, Finance
Jeff comes to Better World Books with 25 years of senior-level finance and accounting experience in the software, consumer electronics, industrial products and magnetics industries, including serving as Vice President of Finance at Klipsch where he and Mike crossed paths. He has extensive experience with international business and mergers & acquisitions, helping guide corporate expansions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In his spare time, Jeff provided ten years of volunteer leadership to the Boy Scouts of America, passing along a love of the outdoors to his son and many other boys. He’s also devoted to his wife of 30 years, two labrador retrievers and a rescue coonhound granddog. Jeff earned a BS in Accountancy from University of Illinois and is a CPA and Certified Global Management Accountant.
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is an idiom that fueled Dustin to launch the Better World Books Library Discards & Donations program in 2004. After talking with more than 100 librarians about the challenges of surplus books, Dustin had an epiphany that has translated into the reuse or recycling of more than 150 million books and generated $19 million dollars in contributions to library partners and literacy partners around the world. Beginning in 2015, Dustin moved into his current role as VP of Global Sales and Marketing.
In 2001, Dustin graduated from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. Shortly thereafter, in 2004, he earned his MBA with a concentration in International Business from Georgia State University. Dustin is married with two young children, owns a Basenji dog, lives in Northern Indiana, and loves to explore the world outside of books.
Some of Dustin’s best friends are librarians, and around the office, he is known as the “Closet Environmentalist.”
Vice President, Operations
Executive Sponsor, Literacy Council
Mairi joined the Better World Books team in September 2014. Prior to this Mairi was with Indigo Lighthouse a business process outsourcer where she developed strong leadership and relationship management skills. In addition to this she brings excellent experience in change management and international business as well as extensive fulfillment management experience. We’re looking forward to the leadership and support she brings to our teams in Mishawaka and Reno. Mairi has travelled extensively having visited Russia, Nicaragua and China.
Managing Director UK Operations
Frank joined Better World Books in June and in a short period of time has made a positive impact on the business. He is a highly experienced operations and management professional with proven ability to manage relationships and influence decision making at all business levels. Frank was one of the key leadership “High Achievers” of the European division of the World’s largest independent aerospace company. Previous experience includes managing multi-functional operations teams to deliver complex aerostructures programmes to meet customer schedule and regulatory requirements.