Scotland's Literacy Charity Celebrates £25K Boost from Better World Books

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Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that Better World Books’ ongoing support has reached a massive milestone of £25,000 to support its life changing reading and writing programmes.

Better World Books Ltd, a for-profit socially minded company based in Dunfermline, collect second hand books from a variety of organisations including libraries, universities and charity shops, then sell them on their website and other online channels.

The company has five literacy partners, including Scottish Book Trust, who benefit every time their clients choose to support them through the sale of their pre-loved books. In Scotland more than 70 organisations have chosen to support Scottish Book Trust in this way, which has helped amass more than £25,000 since 2012.

In addition, Better World Books has 11 book banks located in Fife Council recycling centres. Since their launch in 2013 they have collected almost a million books and a percentage of each book sold is given to Scottish Book Trust. The sale of books collected in book banks at Edinburgh University sites (Kings Buildings and Pollock Halls), and in six book banks located in East Lothian also support Scottish Book Trust.


Victoria Sampson, Fundraising Manager at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Scottish Book Trust’s mission is to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the same opportunity to thrive through reading and writing. We couldn’t achieve half of what we do without supporters like the brilliant Better World Books whose generosity has helped us to open doors to opportunities for thousands of people. As a charity, we rely on donations and funding from individuals, companies, trusts and foundations, and government to deliver our programmes.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Better World Books and their customers for their continued support.”


Fiona Marshall, Sales & Marketing Manager and Literacy Council Member at Better World Books, said:

“Our goal is to support literacy and the environment by finding new homes for pre-loved books. Working with Scottish Book Trust and other literacy charities ensures that the funding we generate through book sales is used in the best possible way to improve literacy. Since 2008 we have raised more than £2.5 million for literacy and libraries, and re-used or recycled over 29 million books. Together we’re helping to make a difference one book at a time.”




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Notes to editors:


Scottish Book Trust


  • Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. Scottish Book Trust believes that books and reading have the power to change lives. As a national charity, we inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure.
  • We give free books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • We work with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classrooms activities, book awards and author events programme.
  • We support Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • We fund a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promote Scottish writing to people worldwide.
  • We work for a Scotland where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy.  @scottishbktrust


Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit socially minded global e-retailer providing products and information to socially conscious consumers. Better World Books collects and sells new and used books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the UK and around the world. Since its founding in 2008 in Dunfermline, Better World Books has raised more than £2.5 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 400,000 books and re-used or recycled over 29 million books. To find out more about how Better World Books cares visit

To find a location of a book bank please go to:

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