Demand Bookstore Donate Unsold Stock to Schools

DSC_0096 Children and children's books. Gotta love 'em.

Target: Sharon Anderson Wright, President and CEO of Half Price Books

Goal: Donate unsold books to schools instead of recycling them.

Because Half Price Books cannot return used books to publishers, they recycle their unsold stock. As a result, thousands of books in decent condition are wasted. Meanwhile, many underfunded, high-needs schools do not have enough books. Their school libraries and classrooms rely on community book drives and meager funding to circulate reading material for their students, and many still do not have enough books. This deficit directly influences students’ test scores and reading abilities.

It is understandable, if not ideal, that Half Price Books would not donate unsold books to public libraries, as public libraries can be considered competitors. However, school libraries do not compete with Half Price Books as directly, if at all. If Half Price Books donated unsold stock to local school districts, they could make a significant dent in the problem.

By signing the petition below, you ask Sharon Anderson Wright, the President and CEO of Half Price Books, to make book donation a company-wide policy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sharon Anderson Wright,

Donating Half Price Books’ unsold stock to local school districts would help students get better access to reading material while simultaneously improving your company’s public image.

Recycling unsold books is better than throwing them away, but they could be put to greater use in the hands of a child, as students with more access to books tend to do better in school. Donating unsold books is not only the right thing to do—it would make your existing and potential customers, myself included, look more favorably upon Half Price Books. Furthermore, the students who grow up with stronger reading abilities and an appreciation for literature as a result of your donations could end up being your best customers in the future.

Please create a company-wide policy stating that unsold books should be donated to local school districts instead of recycled. It is in everyone’s best interest.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Hi Caitlin,

    Half Price Books has donated millions of books since it was founded in 1972. This year, we started our Million Book Donation Project, with the goal of donating a million books during 2012. We invite you to check out our website, http://www.hpb.com/million where you can view our current total (we’re excited to say we’re almost to our goal!). There is also a link to a donation request form on that page for any schools, educators and non-profits to request books. We are very dedicated to our educators, as we also offer an additional 10% discount to teachers year round. We’re glad to see you share our same priorities in getting books into the hands of those who need them. Please let us know if you have any questions about our donations program.

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