Awesome Initiatives: Coulsdon Oasis Academy Library

Your purchases helped refresh and diversify the selection of the Coulsdon Oasis Academy Library, providing hundreds of kids with awesome books to fall in love with reading and improve their literacy skills. The Coulsdon Oasis Academy didn’t use to have a library. When the building was designed, the expectation was that pupils would move towards…

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This is how we make bookselling sustainable

At AwesomeBooks we work to stop books being thrown away. We create ways to collect books that people no longer want, selling them to our customers around the world and donating them to literacy programs we work with. It is our mission to champion a different model of retailing – circular economy retailing – positively contributing to…

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UK Reads & AwesomeBooks join forces to tackle the literacy gap with more than 30,000 free books sent to children in disadvantaged communities

*** Schools & youth organisations can apply for free books at http://www.ukreads.org/book-drop *** Leading children’s literacy charity, UK Reads, has partnered with circular economy bookseller AwesomeBooks to tackle the literacy gap by providing more than 30,000 free books to schools in disadvantaged communities. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in determining a child’s…

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Gaza bookshop destroyed in 2021 finally re-opens!

Your support enabled us to donate 25K books and support the global efforts to see Samir Mansour’s bookshop doors open once again. Samir Mansour’s bookshop used to be a cultural hub in Gaza city, which is why when it was destroyed due to the ongoing conflict, the loss for the community was incalculable. It once…

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Awesome Books for Africa

Every time you buy a book, you make an impact. This time, it was all the way in Ghana! We were approached by BooksForAfrica who were working with schools in Ghana to help them get the books they need to support their students. Currently over 20% of the Ghanian population struggles to read or write,…

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How to set reading goals for the year

We have compiled a quick guide to help you set and achieve your reading goals this year! tell us in the comments, what other tips would you ad to the list? Set measurable goals If thinking in terms of how many books you can read feels a bit excessive, think of chapters, or pages read…

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Meet an Awesome Author: Christiane Bellstedt Myers

Christiane Bellstedt Myers, author of Scandi Christmas: Over 45 projects and quick ideas for beautiful decorations & gifts brings us her favourite quick ideas for awesome decorations you can make to impress your guests this holiday season. Don’t forget to check out her book and the awesome guide she shared with us to make a…

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YOU ARE AWESOME: Syrian Relief

Your purchases make an impact: this time it was all the way in Syria. Over the last year we were able to sponsor 7 children and a family that, like thousands, have been displaced due to the ongoing crisis. Thanks to your support, we partnered with UK-Based Syrian Relief to provide them with food, shelter…

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Closing the loop

With COP26 just around the corner, our Head of Books Simon Mackay shares his thoughts on the future of bookselling and how a circular model in which books are passed on instead of thrown away is the way to go to preserve the environment.

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AwesomeBooks + Rackets Cubed

The last year has changed a lot of things. We may not be able to be together and to support each other the way we were used to, but more and more we’ve seen how creative and innovative people can be to continue to help and work for their communities. This is the case of…

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About us

AwesomeBooks was born from a love for books: to not see books thrown away when they can still be read and their stories shared. In 2003 co-founders Mubin and Taskeen found charity shops throwing away books they could not sell. Bin after bin was getting filled with books in perfectly good condition. Books represented empowerment…

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