We wanted to give you an early heads up about the new connection and
opportunities with Better World Books and the Internet Archive.
Today at the Charleston Conference, Internet Archive founder, Brewster
Kahle is announcing this:

For the Love of Literacy–Better World Books and the Internet Archive Unite
to Preserve Millions of Books


San Francisco, California and Mishawaka, Indiana U.S.A. – November 6, 2019 –
Better World Books, the world’s leading socially conscious online
bookseller, is now owned by Better World Libraries, a mission-aligned,
not-for-profit organization that is affiliated with longtime partner the
Internet Archive.  This groundbreaking partnership will allow both
organizations to pursue their collective mission of making knowledge
universally accessible to readers everywhere. This new relationship will
provide additional resources and newfound synergies backed by a shared
enthusiasm for advancing global literacy. Together, the two organizations
are expanding the digital frontier of book preservation to ensure books are
accessible to all for generations to come.

This new relationship will allow Better World Books to provide a steady
stream of books to be digitized by the Internet Archive, thereby growing
its digital holdings to millions of books. Libraries that work alongside
Better World Books will now make a bigger impact than ever. Any book that
does not yet exist in digital form will go into a pipeline for future
digitization, preservation and access. According to Brewster Kahle, Founder
and Digital Librarian at the Internet Archive, “The Better World Books
origin story is inspiring, and the service they provide to libraries is
invaluable. These are our kind of people. We share their values, and we are
proud to partner with Better World Books and libraries around the world to
promote the goal of universal access to all knowledge.”

Better World Books was born in 2001, when a group of recent college
graduates sold their used textbooks online. Their success eventually led to
the creation of a revolutionary new business model where used books are
collected primarily from libraries, booksellers, colleges, and universities
in six countries and then are either resold online, donated or recycled. To
date, Better World Books has donated almost 27 million books worldwide, has
raised close to $29 million for libraries and literacy and has saved more
than 326 million books from landfills. With the backing of the
not-for-profit Better World Libraries, Better World Books will enhance
these valuable services to libraries and readers.

According to Jim Michalko, former president of The Research Libraries
Group, Inc., and a Better World Books board member, “This new relationship
is a win for the library community. One of the biggest challenges facing
libraries today is responsibly removing materials from their shelves so
they can bring in more desirable materials or repurpose space to fit
community needs. Better World Books has always been a trusted partner in
this activity. Now, libraries can provide books to Better World Books
knowing that a digital copy will be created and preserved if one doesn’t
yet exist. That’s responsible collection management.”

The Internet Archive has long been committed to digitizing books and
library materials so they can be accessed by users all over the world.
Through digitization, these materials can be used by researchers in
large-scale, data-driven computing investigations, preserved in both
digital and physical form, and where appropriate, loaned to readers.

Dustin Holland, the newly appointed President and CEO of Better World
Books, underscores, “We exist to make a difference in the world, and our
customers make that possible. We are honored to join the Internet Archive
family, and our partnership allows us to extract the maximum value out of
every book we collect at scale, while continuing to delight readers all
over the world.”

All Better World Books offices and operations remain unchanged by this

About Internet Archive

The Internet Archive ( <>), a
501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and
other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, the
Internet Archive provides free access to its resources for researchers,
historians, scholars, the print disabled and the general public. Its
mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. Since its launch
in 1996, the Internet Archive has archived over 330 billion web pages, over
20 million books and texts and over 4.5 million audio recordings.

About Better World Books

Better World Books (
<>) is a for-profit socially conscious
business and a global online bookseller that collects and sells new and
used books online matching each purchase with a book donation,
Book-for-Book™. Each sale generates funds for literacy and education
initiatives in the UK, US, and around the world. Since its launch in 2003,
Better World Books has raised close to $29 million for libraries and
literacy, donated almost 27 million books and reused or recycled more than
326 million books.

Media Contacts

Better World Books Internet Archive

Michael Kappes Chris Freeland

O: 1.574.855.5826 O: 1.314.518.2412

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We'd love to hear from you what you think of this development...and we are
happy to answer questions about what this might mean for partner libraries.

*Wendy Hanamura*
Director of Partnerships
415-335-0895 (mobile)

*Internet Archive*
300 Funston Ave
San Francisco, CA  94118

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