Be awesome. Make an impact with every book. Our Purpose

AwesomeBooks works to stop books 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.

Find out how it all began.

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, 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 landfill.
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.

Reading is awesome. We are committed to working with schools, communities and partners around the world to give people the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

We believe it is our duty to empower one another, to unlock our potential to improve the lives of all. Our ability to achieve should not be defined by where we were born or what resources we were fortunate enough to have around us. We work to “re-define” this by collaborating with a network of partners around the world to achieve our goal of improving literacy wherever we see that access and opportunity are limited.

For every book you buy, we donate a book

Every time you buy a book at awesomebooks.com we will donate a book to someone who needs it. Almost 400,000 children in the UK do not own a book. The proportion of children without books is increasing –now one in three, compared with one in ten in 2005. Children with their own books are more likely to be above-average readers and do better at school. Children without books are more likely to live in poverty.

Going global

Our commitment to literacy doesn't stop at home. We work with multiple international organisations to reach every corner of the world where books are needed.

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Books are awesome. We are committed to sharing our passion for books and stories with the world.

We love books. The escape they offer. The learning they inculcate, the imagination they set free. As a global retailer, we want to share our passion for books by making every single book we can lay our hands on available to everyone, wherever they are.

Millions of books, awesome value
We have millions of books to choose from, old and new. When you have chosen your next read you have the choice to buy it new or, for millions of books, you can select a used copy at an awesome price.

Find your new favourite book at Awesome Books
Our online bookshop features the best books from the best authors so you can browse through our categories to find our favourite picks from a variety of genres. You can choose from our selected awesome book lists or you can delve into the categories yourself and create your own selection of awesome books with our Favourites button.