Barnes & Noble Supports RIF Reading Program

September 13, 2012


Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange have teamed up to lend their financial support to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the non-profit literacy organization. This contribution will help RIF to purchase and distribute thousands of books to children from low-income families nationwide.

“On behalf of Reading Is Fundamental, I would like to thank Barnes & Noble and MBS Textbooks for the donation of $53,010 made on July 16, 2012,” wrote Carol Rasco, President and CEO of RIF. “This contribution will not only put books into the hands of kids who need them most, but also help to set kids up for a lifetime of achievement.”


One Planet Books Program

Through the One Planet Books charitable program run by MBS Textbook Exchange, unwanted textbooks are collected at almost 700 campus bookstores managed by Barnes & Noble. Over the past three years, since the program’s inception, Barnes & Noble and MBS Textbooks have donated a total of $246,080 to RIF.

One Planet Books allows students to donate (rather than discard) their unwanted textbooks by dropping them into the One Planet Books cardboard boxes located in or near their campus bookstore. MBS pays RIF $10 for every carton of collected books – with a guaranteed minimum going to RIF. The program collects textbooks that have no current market value to ensure that fewer are thrown away or discarded in landfills. One Planet Books then works with various partners to recycle these books, maximizing reuse and minimizing reliance on landfills and other solutions that are not eco-friendly.

As part of its commitment to the One Planet Books program, MBS pays 100% of the expenses related to collecting and shipping the donated books to their facilities in Missouri.

Reading is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 400 million books in the hands of more than 35 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more and help RIF provide books to kids who need them most, visit

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