Ah, Summertime! What’s more summery than beach books, cottage books, books with “O” stickers, or reprints of classics that you’ve felt guilty for not making time to read in 40 some-odd years of literacy.
Do you, loyal blog readers, actually get to more pulp and paper reading in the summer? Or are we all on e-readers by now? Or, worse yet, are we all on a steady diet of Twitter feeds and blogs?
Here’s a neat story from FastCompany about a bookseller with a heart. In light of Amazon’s extraordinarily poor and profit-distorted judgement (e.g., the online retailer in the past has sold books on what amounts to pedophilia how-to guides as well as video game called “Rape Lay”)* Better World Books seems like a far more ethically palatable option for finding all the books on your summer reading list. It’s a friendlier, socially conscious, environmentally aware online retailer that believes in giving back, funding literacy programmes, and that used books are just as worthy of love as the fresh of the press kind. BWB is now giving away one book every time you buy one. Check ’em out!