Good Deed Friday: Books For a Better World

I don't know that anyone's looking for an alternative to addictive Amazon (or addictive alliteration), but I have one for you anyway. Try Better World Books at What makes them better? I'll tell you, in numbered-list form: 

1. The company collects used books and textbooks (otherwise destined for landfills) from thousands of campuses and libraries.
It resells them online and gives a portion of the revenues back to the libraries and campus groups, and another percentage to one of five major global literacy groups
Shipping is free anywhere in the U.S. ($3.97 flat rate anywhere in the world).
4. Every order is shipped carbon neutral, with offsets from
5. Since a lot of the books are used, they're also cheap

What's my pick for a weekend read, you ask? Well, a Sunday comic. 
I just read that Frazz author, Jef Mallet, was rumored to be an alias for Bill Watterson (early in Mallet's career) because life-long Calvin and Hobbes fans wanted so badly to believe that Frazz was actually Calvin, all grown up. I miss C&H and I've never read Frazz, but a rumor like that is enough to get me to check him out.

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  1. by Krista

    On January 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Frazz is AWESOME and I don’t really see a connection with Calvin and Hobbes… wasn’t a huge fan of CH. Frazz is just funny!

  2. by Wendy Toth

    On January 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Krista, It’s Sunday and I read and LOVE FRAZZ too, just for the record. I think one reason ppl hoped he was an adult Calvin is bc of the hair ;)

  3. by Jennifer

    On January 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    As a fan of Calvin & Hobbes and Frazz, I’m surprised I never made the connection – maybe just subconsiously I did? I can attest to the fact that Jef Mallet is a real person. Well, my parents can; they met Jef’s parents at a wedding. I like Frazz because he swims on a master’s team like my husband. And it’s a funny comic!