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

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SEND:

Books and Monographs


Rare Books
(See Antiquarian & Rare)

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SEND:

Rare Books


Children’s Books
(Including unused workbooks and activity 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 (with ISBN)
Spanish, French, German, Russian

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SEND:

Foreign Language Books (with ISBN)


Fiction and Nonfiction
(hardcover and paperback)

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SEND:

Fiction and Nonfiction


DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs
(in an unlocked case with original artwork) (US Only)

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SEND:

DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs


Audiobooks on CD
(US Only)

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SEND:

Audiobooks on CD


Video Games
(US Only)

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SEND:

Video Games


Playaways
(US Only)

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SEND:

Playaways


 

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 at accepted locations, sets must be complete and cannot be missing the original case art.

 

Do Not Send to Better World Books:

Annuals and Yearbooks

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DO NOT SEND:

Annuals and Yearbooks


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

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DO NOT SEND:

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


Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life Books

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DO NOT SEND:

Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life Books


Britannica and World Books Encyclopedia

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DO NOT SEND:

Britannica and World Books Encyclopedia


Procedural Law Books

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DO NOT SEND:

Procedural Law Books


Custom Course Packets

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DO NOT SEND:

Custom Course Packets


Dated Reference Material
(published within 10 years)

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DO NOT SEND:

Dated Reference Material


Directories, Telephone Books and Indexes

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DO NOT SEND:

Directories, Telephone Books and Indexes


Duplicate Copies
(in excess of 20 copies per title)

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DO NOT SEND:

Duplicate Copies


Unsellable Editions
Free Copies, Review Copies, Examination Copies, Complimentary Copies, Not for Sale Copies, Not for Resale Copies, Counterfeit Copies, Unbound Edition, Advanced Reading Copies, Uncorrected Proofs, or Galleys

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DO NOT SEND:

Unsellable Editions


Journals and Periodicals
(ex: Literary Criticisms)

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DO NOT SEND:

Journals and Periodicals


Microfilm and Microfiche Newspapers and Magazines

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DO NOT SEND:

Microfilm and Microfiche Newspapers and Magazines


Non-Western Script Books
(See Rare Books)


Tax and Government Documents or Forms


International Editions or Low Price Editions (LPE)
Applies to clients shipping from the US only

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DO NOT SEND:

International Editions or Low Price Editions (LPE)


Hybrid Editions

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DO NOT SEND:

Hybrid Editions


Stand Alone Access Cards

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DO NOT SEND:

Stand Alone Access Cards