I'm lucky enough to have 2 Half Price Book stores, both within 10 minutes of my house, that I check for new books and magazines weekly. I also have an amazon account (and an amazon prime student membership) and wishlist (with three categories, kindle books, non-kindle books, & everything else). I have 2 bookshelves full of my favorite books and books waiting to be read. I love reading.
So yesterday, I was reading a GOOD Design article I found on twitter, which suggested a few books to read to be a better designer. I quickly looked them up on Amazon, then decided to look them up on Half Price Book's website. From there I was linked with an amazing website that I think might end my long-term relationship with Amazon.
Better World Books
Better World books is global bookstore, that has raised over $9 million for global literacy and reused/recycled over 54 million books.
I ordered 3 books...
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
- Sparks of Genius: the Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People
- The All New Universal Traveler: a Soft-Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process
and paid $11.72. That prices includes shipping, too! So not only did I get an amazing deal on some books, I also helped fund literacy and library programs worldwide. Amazing company.
As a side note, I read in the GOOD Design article that you should focus on one area in design and become an expert at it. Without hesitation, I've decided that I am going to focus on sustainable design. My college doesn't offer any classes that cover sustainability, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to find some courses, either on-line or at another school, to take.
See all the new things I learned today... all because of reading :)
What are you reading?