Support literacy and get a hilarious email in return

Thanks to a friend on Facebook I discovered Better World Books a couple of weeks ago. I promptly placed an order for several books. While BWB may be slower than Barnes & Noble to ship their orders it’s not like I am hurting for a book to read.

The online bookstore with a soul

Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than two million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.

We were founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who started selling textbooks online to earn some money, and ended up forming a pioneering social enterprise — a business with a mission to promote literacy.

The email I received from Better World Books:

Hello Jacqueline,

(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 Walter the Farting Dog(oh, the stench)and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Walter 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 (8216991) that would be very helpful.
Eagerly awaiting our meeting,

Taken by Storm
Sacred Ground
Virgins of Paradise
Soul Flame
The Dreaming

4 Responses

  1. Going to look at the site as soon as I finishing writing this! I don’t need any more books to read, but I like having a big stack to go to….

  2. haha, The books wrote you a letter, thanking you. HA

    I got a ST. Bernard from a couple once. They wept as i was putting him in the car. 2wks later, i wrote them a letter from “Bo”(the st. bernard). what a big yard i have to run in. A great fishing pond that my new owner throws the football in. The great food. I get to sleep on his bed. ETC: the previous owners wrote back to BO, saying how grateful they were.:-))

  3. No kidding Ann I am not hurting for more books but I really liked Woman of a Thousand Secrets by Barbara Wood and wanted to read more by her.

    I know Carl, isn’t it great that my books are literate enough to write me an email???

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