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.
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.
Bookshop.org is an online bookstore and is a B-Corporation with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They give away over 75% of their profit margin to bookstores, 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 bookstore.
City of Asylum Books is an independent bookstore in Pittsburgh that delivers nationwide. It is a project of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, a nonprofit committed to promoting freedom of expression
ebooks is an independent ebook retailer that sells worldwide
ThriftBooks ius the world's largest online independent used book seller.
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.
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.
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You could also try these book sellers who all accept online orders and deliver nationwide:
Your local bookshop can probably order this book for you if you contact them. Indie Bound's local independent bookshop search can help you find a bookshop near you.
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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