I frequent my libraries and I'm pretty frugal when it comes to buying books. I try to buy used and never purchase a brand new hardcover. Since moving to Atlanta, I've yet to find a bookstore that I love as much as Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books (my favorite!), so I've taken to ordering books online rather than purchasing them at a big retailer. Amazon is great, but my very, very favorite is a lesser-known but similar company called Better World Books. They have eco-friendly shipping, fund literacy programs worldwide and are just all-around do-gooders. I love them.
Can you imagine how excited I was to get an email from one of their employees asking me if I'd be willing to participate in market research and usability testing for their website? Until then I didn't even realize they had an office in the Atlanta area. Last week I sat with one of their product usability specialists and we went through their website, talking about the pros and cons, and the ease of finding and ordering books from their site.
I love when someone asks for my opinion on something, because I almost always have one! Then, to sweeten it just that much more, the books I searched for as part of the usability test are in the process of being shipped to my home. And even better, they stayed true to their dedication to literacy by donating to the cause of my choosing, which was my spring 2010 pet project, KIPP Scribes (which has just started for 2011 - more on that in a later post).
A great company is Better World Books. You should order from them. I'll make it easy for you. If you comment on any of my 2011 blog posts before the end of February, I'll send you a discount code to use on your first order.
Happy book shopping!