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Re-Read ltd

Group aims

Re-Read is a social enterprise that trades in books to reduce waste and provide services and activities that promote literacy, education attainment and quality of life.

We sell used books via on-line platforms such as Amazon and at markets and Car-boot sales.

Books coming into our warehouse are sorted and graded to determine their future.  We set aside books suitable for free re-distribution.

We work with partners organisations such as voluntary and community groups, faith groups, schools, children’s centres, hospitals and hospices, to make available free books.

Only books too damaged to be re-read are sent for recycling into a new product with a new story to tell.

Why Re-Read is different
Research shows that poor reading and writing scores at primary school are significantly associated with later low achievement.   We also know that poverty is a major factor in childrens’ ability to read well and in building confidence.  We believe that Re-Read has enormous potential at a time when there is great public concern over access to free books for people and families on low incomes such as the elderly, unemployed and single parents. Access to reading materials is critical to closing the achievement gap, fostering imagination, and motivating success in our communities

Re-Read aims to ensure that books reach households that normally do not have any to enable literacy in the home. 



Re-Read is committed to developing partnerships with:

We aim to be really flexible and open to new ideas and ways of working so if you can make any suggestions about how we can develop in your area please let me know.  

If you would like to work in partnership to give unloved books a new life or if you’d just like to know more about Re-Read please contact  Jim (07966 065565 or or Judith (07733 880499 or

We look forward to hearing from you.


Jim McLaughlin


Tel: 01302 327213


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Last Modified: February 15, 2017