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About World of Books


World of Books is a Sussex based company that sells quality used books at competitive prices to millions of customers worldwide each year.

We love a good read and can relate to the excitement of a new page-turner or the familiar joy of an old favourite. Established by a group of dedicated book lovers, over the past 10 years World of Books has grown our shelves from 1,000 books to over 3 million in stock - so you can browse through hundreds of thousands of titles today.

Our company was founded on an ethos to do good, to help charity shops and to make a positive impact. We are a circular economy, for profit company that supports charities and protects the planet by enabling more goods to be reused.

We appreciate the positive impact a used book has on the environment. We don’t believe that books should only be read once, or have a single owner. By choosing to buy a great value second hand book, you’re helping to continually recycle and share the love of literature in rereading and reusing it. This is why our prices are low and delivery is free - to help millions of used books find new homes in over 190 countries worldwide every year.

World of Books purchases significant volumes of donated books from UK charities, taking the titles they don’t want or haven’t got space for. So as well as preventing the destruction of perfectly good books, our customers are helping to support good causes too – boosting revenues for these charities and saving them waste disposal costs. Our business model has generated over £12m for UK charities in the last 5 years.

Where we’re unable to find a used book a new home, we ensure it doesn’t go to waste, and instead goes on to become something else. We consider ourselves pioneers in the re-use and recycling of unwanted books, recycling 26,000 tonnes, about 70 million books each year, equivalent to 500,000 trees. All of our paper waste is recycled within the UK.

Our core values

Our core values are aligned to those of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; supporting the principles of education, environment and sustainable growth.

Responsibility: We work responsibly, value each other and treat the planet with respect.

Action: We take actions that improve our business for customers, colleagues, partners and shareholders.

Pioneering: We find new ways to better ourselves, lower our costs and grow our business.

Impact

At World of Books we believe in minimising our environmental impact and promoting sustainability, which is why we’ve pledged to cut our carbon footprint by 30% by 2020.

Packaging

We currently use a combination of plastic and cardboard packaging to ensure that your items reach you in the condition you purchased them in; protected from the elements on their way.

Please be assured that our current poly packaging can be recycled with polyethylene (other carrier bags) and has a lower carbon footprint than cardboard when it is recycled.

We are always looking at ways to improve our environmental impact and are currently in the process of reviewing our packaging. In the meantime, we encourage you to recycle.

Find your nearest recycling point at recyclenow.

Donations

We are committed to helping good causes, promoting education and literacy, and believe that books should never be beyond a budget. This is why we will donate a million books to literacy programmes by 2020.

We actively support local schools with book donations, our national World Book Day campaign saw 200 UK primary schools win a share of £50,000 worth of books, and we are in the process of developing our international schemes.