Better World Books Named Top eRetailer by Internet Retailer

ATLANTA,GA (June 9, 2011) – For the second year in a row, Internet Retailer magazine has named Better World Books among its 2011 list of the web’s Top 500 eRetailers. The socially conscious for-profit Better World Books jumped ahead 32 slots this year, recognized for its online retail excellence selling books to raise money for literacy causes and protect the environment. In the Books/Music/Video category, the company moved up two spots to become #17.

Internet Retailer’s definitive ranking and analysis of America’s 500 largest e-retailers is based on annual 2010 Internet sales, researched by Internet Retailer and confirmed by retailers. This report includes company financial, operational and performance data, as well as vendors in key categories.

“Our repeated recognition as a top e-tailer proves that businesses can successfully grow while making a real impact for both social and environmental causes,” said Better World Books CEO David Murphy. “We’re excited to continue climbing the Internet Retailer ranking year after year as our momentum propels us to even greater growth.”

A portion of every Better World Books purchase goes toward funding global literacy through the company’s five primary non-profit literacy partners (the National Center for Family Literacy, Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund and Invisible Children), as well as nearly 100 other non-profit organizations.
Customers can order new and used books from Better World Books on the company’s site,, or via 24 other online marketplaces.


Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. 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. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on 1,800 college campuses, and by collecting discards from over 2,000 libraries. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $9.6 million for its non-profit literacy and library; donated over 4.5 million books; re-used or recycled over 55 million books, and achieved over 21,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.


Published by Chicago-based Vertical Web Media LLC, Internet Retailer is a monthly national business magazine that is at the core of the leading retail information web site, an e-commerce conference and four directories that serve the retailing community. Internet Retailer’s 42,500 subscribers and 250,000 monthly web readers represent senior executives primarily from retail chains, independent stores, catalogs, virtual merchants and brand name manufacturers. Internet Retailer’s circulation represents the largest multichannel readership base of any retailing magazine.