Book Driver coming to DuPage area July 18

Submitted by Emily Johnson
Updated 7/7/2019 9:52 PM

Book Driver is a service to help find good homes for books. If residents are interested in participating in the book drive, just sign up. They will be in the area on Thursday, July 18.

"Elmhurst and DuPage County are just the type of vibrant communities that loves to give away books," said Emily Johnson, chief operating officer for Book Driver.


All you have to do is sign up using the web form on the website, and leave the books on the front porch that morning.

"We've been around over six years now and the momentum around finding good homes for books is growing," said Johnson. "There are about a million books that got thrown away yesterday, so a lot of people are on board with this," Johnson said.

Book Driver was started in 2013 in Colorado offering a free book pickup for library patrons and expanded from there. Over 100,000 books are processed per year. The company has since expanded to the Chicago area, and plans to offer the service to other cities.

Book Driver uses a peer-to-peer model to reduce carbon footprint and give away books to 30 organizations.

"We don't focus on any one organization but our idea is more about growing the points of distribution in our model. That could be an individual or organization. Books will end up in the hands of someone who can do something with them, today, in a network model like this. That's where communities are changed by this process," Johnson said.

People find Book Driver online typically, when they have books that they aren't sure what to do with but don't want to throw them away.

Book Driver is a book sharing website located in Broomfield, Colo., that helps find good homes for books. It is a proud, small business helping find good homes for books. It started in 2013 as an experiment in turning sustainable goods into cash for charity. The market for a book sharing service is strong and growing as more people move and downsize their reading collections. In fact, 885,000 books get thrown away in the United States every day. Theyhope to end that!

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