Good Deed Friday: Books For a Better World
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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 BetterWorld.com. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 carbonfund.org.
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.