Ethical Book Search

Find a book from a responsible book seller for delivery in the US

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.

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

We search Better World Books, Biblio, Blackwell's, Bookshop, City Of Ayslum Books, ebooks, Raven Book Store, ThriftBooks 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.

a market place for local bookshops to sell world-wide.

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

Bookshop

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 Ayslum Books

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

Raven Book Store is an independent bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas, that delivers nationwide.

ThriftBooks ius the world's largest online independent used book seller.

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

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.

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Why shouldn't I just by my books from Amazon?

Amazon has a very poor track record when it comes to behaving responsibly and buying books from them is damaging to our society and to authors.

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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

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.

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Alternatives to buying books

Your local library may well have (or be able to order) the book that you want to read. Use World Cat to find the book you want in a library 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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Is there an Ethical Book Search browser extension that I can install?

No, but we can recommend the Amazon Alternatives extension which is available for Chrome and Firefox. This extension helps you buy stuff that you find on Amazon's website from other stores.

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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 we will earn a small commission if you follow one of them and then buy a book from that book seller. We do not allow affiliate programmes to determine which book sellers we list.

50% of the affiliate revenues that we earn go towards supporting the costs of running this site and we donate the other 50% to organisations supporting literacy and access to books (Room to Read and the Internet Archive).

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

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