Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An email from Better World

I've mentioned Better World Books before, and what a fabulous company I think they are. For those of you who are new to Nutwood, Better World is a locally owned company that salvages books that are slated to go to the landfill--often library books that are being taken out of circulation--and resells them. A portion of their proceeds goes to fund world literacy groups, and they used carbon free shipping. Shipping within the US is free, and outside of the US it's a flat fee of...I think it's $3.95. To me, everything about this company is good: they're a local company (I try to support locals), they save books from the trash pile, they help others to read, they're environmentally friendly, AND you can get a great price on used books! As Michael Scott would say, "It's a win-win-WIN situation!"

Anyhoo, I recently placed an order for some books, including another book club selection, although I'm woefully behind. This morning, I received an email:

Hello Beth,

(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)

Holy canasta! It's me... it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!

I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Hamlet (bipolar) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Hamlet was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.

But hey, enough about me, I've been asked to brief you on a few things:
You chose Standard shipping.
You can expect your order to arrive in 4-14 business days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email my friends in Customer Care at If you could please include your order number, that would be very helpful.

Eagerly awaiting our meeting,

The Old Wives' Tale (Modern Library Classics)
20th Century Ghosts
Heart-Shaped Box

So not only are they a great company all the way around, they have one hell of a sense of humor! I laughed out loud when I read that, and it made me want to order more books! (But I didn't...for now!) I've added their logo over on my sidebar and it's linked to their site. If you're looking for used books, it's a wonderful place to shop!


  1. That was a really cute email! If your book talks when you receive it, you're gonna be famous! LOL

    Enjoy your day.

  2. That was cute ... I am going to order from them next month, when I have some more money!

  3. THAT is excellent! How clever are they and what a fantastic idea. Very cool indeed.

  4. Awww,that was cute! Enjoy your books...

  5. That is a funny note. No doubt you'll enjoy them for sure. I'll have to check out the link.
    I love used books. 'On Ya'-ma

  6. ah! very cute Beth!
    I think that that is a great cause!
    I should look them up!

  7. LOL I love it!! is the link in the email? ::going back to look:: I LOVE books...I have so many books I need more bookshelves and Cindy will kill me for it LOL. Thanks for sharing this with us. Blessings, Teresa

  8. off to check them out if the ship here........

  9. What a great marketing idea. And now you have posted it, they are really getting the word out through you. Very cute idea and it sure made me smile.
    Hugs, Joyce

  10. Thanks for mentioning Better World Books! As a token of our appreciation, please enjoy the coupon code JHAL08 for a 10% discount. (Coupon good for a one-time use on or before December 31, 2008)

    Jozi from Better World Books

  11. Feel free to use the coupon code AKIN08 for a 10% discount at

  12. Very funny e-mail, and amazing how a label on an entry alerts companies to when they are mentioned.

  13. What a CUTE NOTE from your book!! Sounds like a great company!! I'll most likely find something I like there!!

  14. Beth, I loooove this! I'm a long time book hog and this is a true find. Thank you for sharing it with us...and a coupon too!

    I love that email you received, how funny!


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