Ethical Book Search

Find a book from a responsible book seller for delivery in Australia

About Ethical Book Search

You would prefer not to spend your money on a company that avoids paying taxes, or treats the people who work for them badly, or is damaging the environment.

I want to make it as easy as possible for you to buy your books from a reasonably ethical supplier.

We search Better World Books, ebooks and World of Books for the book you want.

This service is in 'beta' which means it is an early version of the service. We are looking for more booksellers to add to this search to make sure that you can find the books that you want. We welcome your suggestions for responsible booksellers who sell online that you would like us to add to the search.

These booksellers are not perfect but they have much better records than many of their competitors. They have all scored well in Ethical Consumer's Product Guide which surveys the social and environmental records of these companies or they are B-Corporations which are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Better World Books is a certified B-Corporation based in the US and sells both new and second hand books. It is a for-profit social enterprise and is committed to supporting literacy. Every time you purchase a book from Better World Books they donate a book to someone in need and they also give grants to non-profits and libraries for literacy projects. They scored very highly in Ethical Consumer's guide to book sellers

ebooks is an independent ebook retailer that was rated very highly in the Ethical Consumer's guide to book sellers.

World of Books is based in Sussex and sells second-hand books. They have a particular focus on sustainability and the circular economy. It is a certified B-Corporation, which commits the company to these goals. It scored very highly in Ethical Consumer's guide to book sellers.

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How is this site different from AbeBooks?

AbeBooks is a subsiduary of Amazon. Amazon and its subsiduaries AbeBooks, Audible and Book Depository scored zero, the lowest possible score, in Ethical Consumer's Product Guide which surveys the social and environmental records of companies.

Making use of this site to find the book you want to buy means that you are not contributing to AbeBooks or Amazon.

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Other options for buying books

Your local bookshop can probably order this book for you if you contact them.

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Alternatives to buying books

For older literature Project Gutenberg is worth a look. It is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

There is also the Open Library which is dedicated to make the world's literature accessible to everyone. It provides access to many books to read and borrow online.

You can also use Bookmooch, a book swapping service, which matches you up with people who want books that you are happy to give away and people who have books that you want to read.

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How is this site paid for?

Many of the links to book sellers on this site are affiliate links which means that I will earn a small commission if you follow one of them and then buy a book from that book seller. This money supports the costs of running this site and I do not allow this to determine which book sellers I list.

If you want to avoid being tracked you can still use Ethical Book Search, just switch affiliate links off.

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