Ethical Book Search

Helping you buy books from responsible book sellers around the world

What is 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.

We make this as easy as possible for you by recommending book sellers who are much more responsible than some of their less reputable competitors and enabling you to search them all with one click.

Which booksellers do we search?

In the UK we search Better World Books, Blackwell's, Bookshop, ebooks, Foyles, Hive, The Guardian Bookshop, The Works, Waterstones, WHSmith and World of Books for the book you want.

These booksellers are not perfect but they have much better records than many of their competitors. They:

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.

Blackwell's is a UK based academic book seller with around 40 stores in addition to it's global online sales.

Bookshop is an online bookshop and is a B-Corporation with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. They give away over 75% of their profit margin to bookshops, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books and you can choose to donate all the profit from the purchase of your book to your local bookshop.

ebooks is an independent ebook retailer that sells worldwide

Foyles has 7 bookshops across the UK and is now owned by Waterstones.

Hive is a UK based online bookseller that shares it's profits with independent high street bookshops.

The Guardian Bookshop is the online bookshop for The Guardian and The Observer.

The Works is an online retailer of value gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery.

A large chain of bookshops that also sells online.

WHSmith is a UK based chain of newsagents

World of Books is based in Sussex and sells second-hand books. They have a particular focus on sustainability and the circular economy.

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