Better World Books reaches 250 million book milestone

Better World Books has reused or recycled 250 million books. In 2002, three college friends started a campus book drive for charity after realizing how many textbooks were left behind on campus. Fourteen years later, the company they built together, Better World Books, has saved 250 million books from ending up in landfills while helping fund literacy projects all over the world. See the below infographic to learn more about the impact of 250 million books.

Building on the book drive model, Better World Books brings new life to used book ensuring each book continues to make an impact. In addition to campus textbook drives, Better World Books collects books through library discard programs, public book donation drop boxes and many other sources. Any books that cannot be sold are donated or recycled. For every book purchased on, a book is donated thanks the company’s Book for Book program.

“Better World Books began as a simple book drive wherein students found a way to raise money from unwanted books in order to fund a community learning center. Those students took that model and grew it to an international scale. We are proud to mark this 250 million book milestone and look forward to continuing our mission for literacy with another 250 million books and beyond,” says Diane Maier, Director, Global Marketing and Literacy Council Chair at Better World Books.

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