Kindle, schmindle, there’s nothing like holding an actual book in your hand and hearing the crinkle of the page as you turn it.
So today, I searched for a book I really want to read via my local library system’s website and found out there’s only one copy in the whole city … and it’s at the reference library. I absolutely love that reference library … except when I need to actually take a book home and read the whole thing!
It was time for Plan B. “B” for Better World Books. That’s the group that collects used books then sells them online to raise money for literacy initiatives around the world. They say their mission is to “create a better world, one book at a time.”
And they might just succeed. They’ve raised more than $7 million for global literacy projects to date, and saved more than 31 million books from ending up in a landfill.
What’s not to like? Their prices are great, they have more than 6 million used and new titles to choose from. And they offer free shipping anywhere in the U.S. and for just $3.97 worldwide.
- More than $2 million for Books for Africa
- $370,000+ for Room to Read
- $533,000+ for the National Center for Family Literacy
- $139,000+ for Worldfund
- $101,000+ for Invisible Children
- $88,000+ for the Robinson Community Learning Center
- $80,000+ for the New Orleans Public Library Foundation
- $671,000+ for additional literacy partners
And any group that uses the phrase “I ♥ BOOKS” and the word “flabbergast” in their mission statement, is tops in my book….