Better World Books

A self-sustaining, for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives locally, nationally and around the world. As of April 2008, Better World Books partner with over 900 libraries and 1,679 college campuses across the U.S. and Canada, collecting unwanted textbooks and library discards in support of non-profit literacy programs. Books are either sold to raise money for non-profit literacy programs, sent to one of non-profit partners of Better World Books for use in their programs, or recycled if unsuitable for sale or partner use. Better World Books sells collected books through their own online e-commerce site, BetterWorld.
Company Growth (employees)
Mishawaka, US
Size (employees)
162 (est)
Better World Books was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Mishawaka, US

Key People at Better World Books

Xavier Helgesen

Xavier Helgesen

Co-Founder, Chief Information and Business Development Officer

Better World Books Office Locations

Better World Books has an office in Mishawaka
Mishawaka, US (HQ)
55740 Currant Rd

Better World Books Data and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date


Total Funding

$4.5 m

Latest funding size

$4.5 m

Time since last funding

over 5 years


Better World Books's latest funding round in January 2012 was reported to be $4.5 m. In total, Better World Books has raised $4.5 m

Traffic Overview of Better World Books

Better World Books Online and Social Media Presence

Better World Books News and Updates

36 Charitable Companies That Actually Give Back

Don’t just give to those you know, give to those in need. We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Andrew Richard / BuzzFeed Pu…

Companies Targeting The Next Billion: 32 Startups Serving The Underserved

Frequently we hear talk about how startups are only catering to wealthier individuals in developed economies, or even the 1% (and sometimes, that’s true). However, there are many startups in the CB Insights database who are targeting underserved populations with healthcare, … Continued

Better World Books Company Life and Culture

You may also be interested in