Q & A

Why should we participate in your Bookseller Service?

Use our free service to monetize your surplus books,  while keeping books out of landfills and potentially putting money in your pocket and in the pocket of great literacy and education causes. It’s just that simple.

What types of books are accepted?

We have prepared a list of material guidelines to follow to help you determine what to send us and what to recycle locally. If you are interested in getting the highest acceptance rate possible, ask a Better World Books Representative about our Prescreen tool.

How much space will I need to store the books?

We take tremendous pride in our shipping and logistics options. We have very low minimum shipment requirements and will work with you to individually address your specific storage capacities and shipping needs.

Are books ever thrown away?

NEVER. We determine where the books will be best used. Books are either sold, donated or recycled.

About Updated Terms

Better World Books has modified its terms to explain its business model better. On occasion there has been some confusion about the role Better World Books plays in acquiring books and creating a market for them (or donating them to worthy recipients in line with our social mission). We now are trying to do a better job explaining ourselves. This should be clear: when Better World Books acquires books, it takes ownership of them (“title” to them, in legal terminology) and then resells them to the public or donates them to charitable organizations. When it resells the books or donates them, ownership passes from Better World Books to the buyer or the recipient. We know that there have been some inconsistent references on our website, for example that ownership of a book remained with the supplier or donor of a book until we found a buyer or recipient. We are now going through our website to revise it and eliminate any confusion over this issue. If you encounter those inconsistent statements, please remember that they are outdated: that this announcement regarding Better World Books’ ownership of and title to the books supersedes any inconsistent provisions on the website. Better World Books appreciates your patience while it is updating its website.