Charities Recycle 60 Million Books a Year – A Boon to Book Lovers and Entrepreneurs

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Survey of used book dealers, charity book sale organizers, and book lovers reveals a huge market in used books. Donors get tax breaks, charities get revenue, everybody gets bargain books - and many re-sell them online.

People donate over 60 million books a year to charity groups such as Friends of Libraries, and those groups in turn sell them at book sales. A recent survey reveals that not only are book lovers buying millions of those books, but fledgling entrepreneurs are building small businesses re-selling those books online.

Book Sale Finder recently conducted a comprehensive survey of charity book sale organizers and attendees (used book dealers and other book buyers). The survey results detail the many reasons for buying books at these sales. Most attendees are looking for bargain books to read or to add to their collections; established booksellers use charity book sales as the biggest source for their stock. But particularly noteworthy are the many retirees, homemakers, and part-timers who run profitable home-based book selling businesses using tools and services available online.

The survey results also provide such information as which states have the most charity book sales (in 2010 there were 7,263 sales), how much the charities receive from the sales, where book dealers sell books, the size of their stock, and their annual revenues.

Full reports are available at

Since 1994, has been telling people where to find non-profit and other used book sales, as well as used book auctions, fairs, and other book events. Currently Book Sale Finder publishes details about more than 7,000 sales held annually in the USA and Canada, and has over 20,000 weekly Sale Mail subscribers.

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