Socially responsible online bookseller Better World Books, which collects and sells books to generate funds for literacy causes, has launched its UK website. The site lists over 1 million new and used books for purchase, and is set to expand to 8 million titles.
Better World Books has been operating in the US since 2003. Since then it has generated over £5.5 million for global literacy causes through its online book sales.
The company opened its UK operation in October 2008 out of its distribution centre in Dunfermline. So far, the UK operation has re-used or recycled over 650,000 books, raised over £100,000 for local libraries and global literacy, and serves over 500 libraries throughout the UK and Ireland.
Better World Books UK works closely with several UK and Ireland-based literacy organisations, including the National Literacy Trust, READ International, Room to Read, and the National Adult Literacy Agency.
A portion of used book revenues goes to the organisation that contributed the book, as well as to one of the non-profit literacy partners affiliated with Better World Books.