Online Bookstore: Better World Books

Best for: Popular fiction and nonfiction, eBooks

Buying from Better World Books will provide a significant discount and a sense of charitable accomplishment; for every purchase made on their website, a book is donated to someone in need. To date, they have donated over 13 million titles. They source their books from libraries and college campuses, throwing well-loved books into circulation in the form of online used book sales and literacy nonprofit donations.


Founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame, Better World Books is a business with a mission to promote literacy. They assert that their company does not have an “add-on cause” component, but that social and environmental responsibility is the core of their business model and practice.


If you prefer eBooks to print books, this is a wonderful option. Better World Books is one of the few discount sites to offer downloadable options. Additionally, if you want your text immediately, they have a very cool eDelivery option; a staff member will scan the physical copy of the book and send it in a digital format in as little as two hours.


Better World Books offers free shipping worldwide, and they pay for carbon offsets to minimize their shipping eco-footprint. They have converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education, and they have saved over 250 million books from landfills. If you want to feel good about purchasing a book, this is the company to buy from.