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 millions for its nonprofit literacy and library partners; diverted hundreds of thousand tons of books from landfills; achieved tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping and created hundreds of full-time jobs with meaningful benefits in multiple locations around the world.

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.

Mission

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.

Literacy Partners

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 800 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 10 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 171,000 tons of books from landfills.
  • Achieved over 87,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping.
  • Created more than 350 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.
Our literacy & education nonprofit beneficiaries include:
  • 3+ Million for Books for Africa.
  • 865,000+ for Room to Read.
  • 1.5+ Million for the National Center for Families Learning.
  • 525,000+ for Worldfund.
  • 215,000+ for the Robinson Community Learning Center.
  • 80,000+ for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
  • 4.3+ Million for additional literacy partners.
See our global impact. Donations and grants made around the world.

 

Executive Team

Dustin J. Holland
President and CEO

“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 300 million books.

Today, Dustin serves as President and CEO of the largest socially responsible bookstore on the planet. Since the company’s inception, Dustin continues to be impressed by the dedication and commitment of his fellow co-workers to the company’s triple-bottom line and the company’s mission of supporting literacy and libraries across the globe.

Dustin graduated from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia in 2001 and earned his MBA with a concentration in International Business from Georgia State University in 2004. Dustin is married with two young children, owns two dogs—Senji the Basenji and Blaze the Belgian Malinois, 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”.

 

Jeff Baer
Vice President, Finance

Jeff joined Better World Books in 2015, bringing 25 years of senior-level finance and accounting experience from leaders in the software, consumer electronics, industrial products and magnetics industries. He has an extensive background in international business and mergers & acquisitions, helping guide corporate expansions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

In his spare time, Jeff provided many years of volunteer leadership to both Ducks Unlimited and the Boy Scouts of America, passing along a love of the outdoors to his son and many others, and is devoted to his wife and family dogs. Jeff earned a BS in Accountancy from University of Illinois and is a CPA and Certified Global Management Accountant.

 

Matt Byers
Vice President, Technology

Matt joined Better World Books in 2014 to build a development team and help improve the stability of the company’s software. Prior to joining Better World Books,
Matt worked on several development teams in the area learning the agile development process while delivering innovative solutions in incremental releases. Previously, Matt was a High School Teacher where he worked at developing a program to challenge students in technology and software development.

Matt is married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years and they have four kids. Outside of technology, Matt enjoys basketball and endurance cycling. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University South Bend and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Bob Jones University.

 

Nick Schoenfeld
Vice President, Operations

Nick joined Better World Books in 2007, and now oversees all North American operations and logistics, which includes facilities located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. Nick began his career at BWB as an entry-level warehouse associate, picking and shipping books. He has worn many hats during his tenure with BWB, including 3PL management, operations project management, inbound processing supervision, and outbound shipping oversight. His first leadership role was serving as supervisor of the inbound processing department, and after working himself up the ladder with BWB, he now serves as Vice President, Operations. He has a dedicated team whose duties include a wide range of tasks, including purchasing, facilities maintenance, KPI reporting, inbound and outbound logistics, and all things related to warehouse operations.

Nick is an avid sports fan with a special place in his heart for Notre Dame athletics. GO IRISH! He enjoys basketball, weightlifting, and golf, as time allows. Nick thoroughly enjoys volunteering at the local food bank with his BWB team, and this activity has become a BWB tradition. Nick has two young children, and he is slowly but surely learning what it is to serve as a softball and soccer dad! Nick graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in business management.

 

Paul Miller
Vice President, Business Analytics

Paul leads Better World Books’ analytics efforts. This includes responsibility for all data analysis and reporting as well as the company’s core inventory management and pricing algorithms. He also helps guide the company’s strategy across the online marketplaces and BetterWorldBooks.com. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English. After graduation he served in Mali with the Peace Corps for 2 years. Upon his return from Africa, he joined Better World Books in 2004 as a warehouse associate. Over time he got more involved in the software and technology side of the business and started doing data analysis and reporting for the company. Eventually he led a team of analysts and ultimately became responsible for Business Intelligence and analytics. In 2015 he decided to leave BWB to get some additional experience. He went back to Notre Dame joining the Business Intelligence team working on the university’s enterprise data warehouse and later managing BI for the Development Office. At Notre Dame he honed his BI and analytics skill set and taught some Python on the side for a couple of masters degree programs. After 3 years at Notre Dame, missing the exciting challenges of used books and ecommerce, he rejoined BWB in December 2018.

 

Ginger Patton-Schmitt, Esq.
General Counsel

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” Toni Morrison

Ginger has forged her own path as a working mother, serving as an educator, development professional, and attorney. Often working as the only woman at the table, she has pursued career opportunities that encompass her love of reading, writing, and public speaking. After working as a high school English teacher and college admission professional, Ginger earned her law degree from the University of Georgia. She worked as both a securities and an employment law litigator in Atlanta before starting her own firm. After building a multi-office business from the ground up, her flourishing practice was acquired by Morris, Manning & Martin, Atlanta, where Ginger then served as a partner in the firm’s real estate group. She took a brief sabbatical from the full-time practice of law and served as director of planned giving for her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, and then worked as director of development for the Truancy Intervention Project, Inc., Georgia. Ginger continued to manage her own corporate practice, and she joined BWB as general counsel and corporate secretary in 2012, eventually assuming full oversight of human resources in 2014. She advises the company on matters ranging from corporate and business management to employment practices to mergers and acquisitions. Ginger’s practice focus includes not only corporate management and employment and labor law, but also litigation, securities, banking and financing, and contractual considerations. She is an active volunteer in the Atlanta community, serving on numerous educational and philanthropic boards, including current and past involvement with the Wesleyan School, the Truancy Intervention Project with the Fulton County Juvenile Court, the American Cancer Society, and the Herring Foundation for Hope.