Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Reading IS fundamental

I'd like to start off my post today by telling you that I am not getting anything for writing this. I'd also like to tell you that I find it frightening the number of people who can not read in this day and age. According to the CIA World Factbook there are 785 million illiterate adults (over the age of 15) in the world today.

Now I'd like to tell you about a website that I visit and use often. It's called Better World Books. The books that they offer on this site are used but I can tell you from personal experience, you can not tell. I bought several of my Stephen King books from there (for as little as $3.50) and was very pleased with the products I received.

I was worried the first time I ordered. I thought that the book would be torn up. I mean who would sell a book that cheap that was in good condition? Better World Books that's who. It looked brand new. No lie. I was amazed. It said it was "heavily used" but honestly it didn't look like it had been touched.

Another plus, no shipping charges in the U.S. None. Zip. Zero. If you live outside the U.S. it's only $3.97. Can you beat that?

The very best part? The money they make off the books goes to fund literacy programs all over the world. According to their site they have raised $7,438,991.22 for global literacy and the number is still rising. I think that's amazing.

If you're an avid reader like I am, go visit them today. They even have a deal to get 5 books for $15 right now. You won't regret it I promise!


Ruth said...

Oh Kathy, thank you for this site! I am thrilled to hear of it and will look for 5 books right away.

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