Mishawaka, Indiana U.S.A.—April 30, 2021—Better World Books (BWB), the world’s leading socially conscious online bookseller, announces the sale of its 100 millionth book. This accomplishment stands proudly alongside Better World Books achievements of over 29,000,000 books donated, over $32,000,000 raised for literacy and libraries, and over 373,000,000 books reused or recycled.
On April 16, 2021, with no way of knowing that she was ordering the 100 millionth book sold by Better World Books, Hannah G. of New York purchased A Day at the Airport by Richard Scarry for her son. This BWB customer shared: “The reasons that I choose to shop with Better World Books are the reasons that I love it. I believe in buying anything and everything secondhand, when possible, as a small way to contribute personally to environmental sustainability, not to mention [to] save money.”
To celebrate this momentous milestone, a grant of $10,000 will be awarded to the University of Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) of South Bend, IN, the first physical home of Better World Books at its inception in 2003. In addition, a grant of $2,500 also will be awarded to Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, the North Carolina library partner from whom the book was acquired and a proud partner of Better World Books since 2009. Finally, BWB customers will be invited to shop for exclusive savings at betterworldbooks.com through May 2, 2021.
The respective grants awarded to both the RCLC and the Southwest Brunswick Library are underwritten by the Better World Books General Literacy Fund. This fund, supported by global library clients, allows for libraries to support libraries and to increase their impact through their Better World Books partnerships. Jennifer Knapp Beudert, manager of Robinson Community Learning Center, stated: “[t]he Robinson Community Learning Center is very grateful to have received a $10,000 grant in honor of this occasion that we can spend on books from Better World Books–these books will support our literacy tutoring programs, the Robinson Shakespeare Company, the Robinson Community Learning Center Preschool, the Talk with your Baby program, and book clubs for senior adults, for years to come.”
President and CEO of Better World Books, Dustin Holland, noted that “[t]here’s no doubt books change lives. At 100 million books sold, Better World Books is in business to make a difference in the world, and we’re thrilled to share this milestone and achievement with our customers, partners, and team members. Congratulations to each and every customer we have served along the way since 2003, and thank you for shopping betterworldbooks.com.
About Better World Books
Better World Books (https://www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit, socially conscious business and a global online bookseller that collects and sells new and used books online, matching each purchase with a book donation. Each sale generates funds for literacy and education initiatives in the U.S., the UK, and around the world. Since its launch in 2003, Better World Books has raised $32 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 29 million books, and reused or recycled more than 373 million books. The issued grants were made possible by the Better World Books General Literacy Fund that underwrites the donation initiatives of Better World Books. This fund, supported by global library clients, allows for libraries to support libraries and to increase their impact through their Better World Books partnerships. For more information about Better World Books, contact Michael Kappes, senior manager of Customer Experience and Client Services, at [email protected] or at (574) 334-5826.