I am delighted to share something a little bit different today. The lovely Hayley at Midas PR got in touch about Awesome Books UK, they promote sustainable reading by selling pre-loved books. As well as this they also promote literacy and so for each book you purchase one is donated to the National Literacy Trust.
I received a surprise book from Awesome books as well as some more info about them and their goals. I do have a special code for anyone who wants to order a book. You can either follow the link HERE or just type in Awesome Books UK. The code allows 20% off used books until 31st December 2021. At the checkout just enter the code MeAndMyBooks.
( 20% off Used Books at awesomebooks.com Terms and Conditions: Offer valid online only from 15 November until 23:59 Friday 31st December 2021 BST. To qualify for this offer, add eligible products to your basket and enter promotion code MeAndMyBooks 20% discount will show in the basket on qualifying products. Only valid once per transaction. Offer valid on Used books. Offer subject to availability. No cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other online promotion codes. Offer excludes delivery costs.)
Here is more about Awesome Books…
AwesomeBooks was born from a love for books: to not see books thrown away when they can still be read and their stories shared.
In 2003 co-founders Mubin and Taskeen found charity shops throwing away books they could not sell. Bin after bin was getting filled with books in perfectly good condition. Books represented empowerment and education, full of wonderful stories fuelling the imagination. Bookworms themselves, the 2 co-founders set about finding a solution.
After trying various ideas, AwesomeBooks started selling books online. This model proved successful, allowing more and more books to be diverted from landfills. Today, we are a global retailer, processing over 250,000 books every day, with nothing going to waste. Books are either resold, donated via our literacy programs or pulped and turned into something new.
AwesomeBooks continues to invest in more ways to collect books, so they don’t go to waste and get re-read. We have set up collection banks with many councils around the country for books that people no longer want. And we have also launched ‘Sellitback.com’, our website and app, which enables members of the public to send us books directly and get paid for them.
Of course, not every book is available in a used condition. And we know our customers love books! Since 2011 we have offered new books on AwesomeBooks too. In addition to the 5m used books we stock, customers can choose from over 20m new books!
We know that books have the power to educate and improve life outcomes. From an early stage, AwesomeBooks has supported education and literacy projects. Since 2005 we have funded reading programs in schools. In 2011 we started work with a foundation in Ghana that donates books to schools in the Ashante region. And in 2019 we formalised our program under our ‘Buy One-Give One’ scheme: for every book, a reader buys from AwesomeBooks.com, we will donate a book to someone who needs it.
Our journey has only just begun. AwesomeBooks is helping to drive a new model of retailing –selling books, creating ways to recover books and continuing to pass them on. We combine this environmental good with social good. So be part of the movement: buy different and join us as we keep looking for new ways to drive our circular model. Be Awesome.
AwesomeBooks works to stop books from being thrown away. We create ways to collect books that people no longer want, selling them to our customers around the world and donating them to literacy programs we work with.
It is our mission to champion a different model of retailing – circular economy retailing – positively contributing to sustainability and literacy, driven by a passion for books. So when you buy from AwesomeBooks.com , we help you make an impact with every book.
Our world is awesome. We are committed to preserving the environment for current and future generations and operate in a way that treats our planet with respect.
When businesses are formed, they should be inherently sustainable, not only financially but also environmentally. For every business, this takes a different form but for us, it means allowing people to enjoy books and other products as many times as possible without having to create new ones. Not only does this save resources, but it also means hundreds of thousands of items get a second chance instead of ending up in landfills. We don’t stop there.
We are aiming to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022.
We have introduced carbon reporting to actively monitor our consumption of energy and water, as well as our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste. We have met our original pledge of reducing our own carbon footprint by 30% per book sold by 2020, but we want to do more. We have pledged to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022.
Everything is recycled. Nothing goes to landfills.
We will find every book a home, but sometimes a book has been loved a bit too much and needs to retire from the bookshelf. So far, we have recycled over 132 million books – the equivalent to a million trees – to be made into new products, working with specialist recycling partners.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
I do actually have a copy of this book and I still have it on my TBR so I am planning on popping a copy in our local Telephone Book Swap Book in the village.
The book is in good condition, the pages aren’t ripped, there is some creasing on the spine, but this was something I expected.
To buy this book new would cost me anywhere from £4-£9 depending on where I ordered it.
A preloved copy from Awesome books, with the 20% discount applied is £2.44, free delivery and you can pay by a card or use PayPal.
The Benefits of a preloved copy…
My preloved copy allowed me to save 0.0274 Tree(s)3.65Kg of CO2456 litre(s) of Water
I do think this is a great way of looking after the environment, reusing or recycling books and many of the books I own have come by way of the local Book Swap Telephone Box, charity shops and jumble sales.
I have had a good browse around the site and there are many genres in fiction and non-fiction. Some of the more recent titles are only available as New copies, but there are many, many others that are used.
Don’t forget the code – MeAndMyBooks 🙂
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