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Happy 20th Birthday, Discover Books! Save 20% when you buy 4+books from the 20th Birthday Special Collection until 9.30.23.
Happy 20th Birthday, Discover Books! Save 20% when you buy 4+books from the 20th Birthday Special Collection. until 9.30.23.

Sustainability Statement

What Is Discover Books?

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In 2003, Discover Books' (Let the Stories Live On) founders discovered a huge increase in the number of books printed every year and the growing amount of books being thrown into landfills, so they did something about it. They develop technology to quickly process and sell gently used books. 

Garbage Heap

Because books should be discovered, not destroyed.

With each book destroyed or thrown into heaps of garbage, you lose a story filled with emotion, knowledge, imagination, and so much more. Let the Stories Live On set out to rewrite this tragedy, to give books and stories a place to live on and achieve their greatest purpose: to tell their stories indefinitely.

A self-funded cycle of sustainability.

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Let the Stories Live On was one of the first to harness the power of used books and divert their path towards redistribution across communities in need on a national scale. Our continuous cycle of used books allows us to sustainably keep stories living for as long as they can. Whether it is through for-profit sales, community donations, purchases from all around the world, or recycling, our mission is to provide meaningful solutions to major global issues like literacy and sustainability.

Giving Back.

Our philanthropic endeavors are focused on the communities and people we serve, not ourselves. Our goal is to help community organizations such as libraries, hospitals, schools, and more by giving them the opportunities to preserve the magic of stories.

While we have made great strides in our partnership programs across the globe, we are constantly looking for ways to do more. Giving back to one community is a delightful feeling, but giving everybody the chance to discover their favorite book, story, or novel is priceless.

Mission and Belief Statements:

Our Mission:

Discover Books is committed to creating sustainable paths for used and new books to be loved and shared in communities. By letting millions of stories live on, we are leaving a brighter future for many generations to come.

We Believe:

Books hold so much knowledge, imagination, and inspiration that losing any of them would be a shame to bright minds eager to discover new stories.

We Value:

Our Customers - the reason we are dedicated to doing what we do. By providing the lowest possible prices on our vast selection of books, we help everyone find the titles they love and more.

Our Communities - our partnerships allow us to help libraries thrive, give books to hospitals in need, or even give a child the joy of reading their own book.

The Environment - continuously doing our part to find solutions for keeping books out of landfills and finding sustainable pathways for them to live on.

Authors - by adding new books to our shelves, we can now support Self-Published and Indie authors. These authors are often buried on large sites, and their stories aren’t shared. We highlight and interview these authors, bringing their stories to millions of readers.
Ultimately, we believe in empowering people through books for a friendlier, more understanding, and more sustainable world.