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A bookstore that gives back

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I just discovered this wonderful online bookstore and wanted to pass on this delightful find. Better World Books has an astonishing number of new and used books covering every subject or interest you may have. They do not charge any shipping in the US and only $3.97 worldwide. Their prices are some of the best I’ve ever seen. The truly inspiring thing about this bookstore is that they fund worldwide literacy programs. This means that a portion of every dollar you spend helps people around the world discover the power and magic of the written word. They manage to do all of this while being mindful of the environment and shipping in eco-friendly packaging as well as allowing you the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint caused by the shipping of your books. I excitedly placed my first order last Wednesday, April 29 and received confirmation immediately via my email. I received another email on April 30 informing me that my order had been shipped that day. The letter was so funny and cute. It was written as though it was coming from the books I ordered. I am quite enchanted with this letter and would like to share an excerpt with you.

Hello Melissa,(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note – it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)

Holy canasta! It’s me… it’s me! I can’t believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I’ve got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can’t believe I’m leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already – the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge – so many memories. I don’t have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it’s time to see the world!

I can’t wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen)and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol’ brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I’ve had, I’m ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn’t take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I’ve found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.

But hey, enough about me, I’ve been asked to brief you on a few things:

It was signed by the titles of the books ordered. My books arrived today and all are in good shape. All of the books I ordered were used so I wasn’t expecting perfection. However, when buying used online one can never be certain if the book will fit the description given of its condition. This is not the case with Better World Books. Each book was exactly as described and as expected. This is a wonderful place to shop and I am already planning my next order. Each time I’ve named the bookstore, I’ve also provided a link, so please check out Better World Books for yourself. I hope you all have as wonderful an experience as I’ve had.


About lovelylissie

I love reading, kewpies, butterflies, thrifting, and all things vintage. I am happily married and live in NE Texas.

4 responses »

  1. That’s awesome!! Thank you for sharing this…what a great website 🙂

  2. Very cool. Thanks so much for writing about the bookstore.

  3. I love that letter ~ what a creative way to send a book notification. Even though I think the bookstore sounds incredibly awesome, I now want to order a book just to see what my book would say!
    Thanks a ton!!!
    In fact I’m going to share this with my book club.
    ps have your read “The elegance of the hedgehog”? we just finished this – highly recommend.

  4. Found this post via Beth Fish’s week in review.

    I am amazed at the creativity of the email. I am off to check out this online bookstore right away.

    Thanks for sharing!


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