While we can’t deny the allure of opening a brand new novel, books are durable items
which often sit untouched after just a single read. Used bookstores have existed
for centuries but Thrift Books’ founders recognized that the internet offers a more
efficient medium for reusing books over and over again.
Thrift Books offers a wider selection, lower prices, and easier access than any
brick-and-mortar store. It also offers easy access to many unusual and difficult-to-find
The market for used books has been shown to increase the overall number of books
sales (new and used) thus promoting literacy while eliminating the wasteful disposal
of so many functional books. So in addition to getting the best value at Thrift
Books, you’re also doing some good.
We at Thrift Books love to read and we think the best way to spread our passion
for reading is to offer quality books at the most affordable prices.
Many of us developed our love of reading through libraries. They play an essential
role in our communities by encouraging literacy and providing free access to books.
At a time when many libraries are suffering from funding cuts, we have partnered
with many library systems—including the King County Library System, the nation’s second
largest—to provide easy and profitable ways of raising additional funds by selling
used library books.
Purchasing used rather than new books is an effective and cost efficient way to
decrease paper waste. While recycling is great—Thrift Books does plenty of it—maximizing
the lifetime and usefulness of books is far better at reducing the impact of the
publishing industry. In the United States, paper makes up forty percent
of the waste which is dumped into landfills. Global production in the pulp,
paper and publishing sector is expected to increase by 77% from 1995 to 2020. Thrift
Books plans to do its part to keep these numbers as low as possible.
Thrift Books is proud that despite receiving hundreds of tons of books none of this paper ever makes it to a landfill.
Tens of thousands of these books
will be sold to customers throughout the world or shipped in bulk internationally.
That material which we cannot use is sent directly to recycling plants where each
ton of 100% post consumer copy paper (approximately 1.4 tons of books) saves 24
trees, 7000 gallons of water, 4100 kilowatts of electricity and 60 pounds of air
pollution. Currently, Thrift Books recycles millions of pounds of books each year.