Material Guidelines

Thank you for following our Material Guidelines. By following these guidelines, you help us reduce our carbon footprint while minimizing transportation, warehousing, and processing costs. As a result, we are committed to making the process as simple as possible while striving to offer our free service to as many bookstores as possible.

Here are our guidelines for what to ship versus recycle locally:

Send to Better World Books:

Books and Monographs


Rare Books
(See Antiquarian & Rare)

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SEND:

Rare Books


Children’s Books

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SEND:

Children’s Books


College Textbooks
(published within 10 years)

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SEND:

College Textbooks


Foreign Language Books


Fiction and Nonfiction
(hardcover and paperback)

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SEND:

Fiction and Nonfiction


DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs


Audiobooks on CD

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SEND:

Audiobooks on CD


Video Games


Playaways


 

Note: Media must be unlocked and include original case and artwork.

 

Condition Requirements

Books must be free of mildew, mold/mould, excessive dust and dirt. In addition, books cannot have water damage, nor should they exhibit excessive spine damage,have missing pages or missing covers. Please leave any library treatments intact. No part of the book’s pages should be removed with scissors or razor blades. For media, sets must be complete and cannot be missing the original case art.

 

Do Not Send to Better World Books:

Children’s Activity Books and Workbooks

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DO NOT SEND:

Children’s Activity Books and Workbooks


Annuals and Yearbooks

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DO NOT SEND:

Annuals and Yearbooks


Audio Cassettes, VHS Tapes, LP Records, & Computer Software

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DO NOT SEND:

Audio Cassettes, VHS Tapes, LP Records, & Computer Software


Books Published by Magazines
(ex: Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life Books)

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DO NOT SEND:

Books Published by Magazines


Britannica and World Books Encyclopedia

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DO NOT SEND:

Britannica and World Books Encyclopedia


Case Law and Procedural Books

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DO NOT SEND:

Case Law and Procedural Books


Custom Course Packets

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DO NOT SEND:

Custom Course Packets


Dated Reference Material
(published within 10 years)


Directories and Telephone Books

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DO NOT SEND:

Directories and Telephone Books


Duplicate Copies
(in excess of 20 copies per title)


Free Copies, Examination Copies or Advanced Reading Copies

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DO NOT SEND:

Free Copies, Examination Copies or Advanced Reading Copies


Journals and Periodicals
(ex: Literary Criticisms)


Microfilm and Microfiche Newspapers and Magazines
(ex: National Geographic)


Non-Western Script Books


Tax and Government Documents or Forms